The Al Thompson Award

Rodney Wayne is a health specialist teacher at W.C. Britt Elementary in Snellville, GA. Mr.Wayne received hisBachelor's degree in Health & Physical Education from Rust College and his Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska @ Omaha in Educational Administration & Supervision. While working on his master's degree, he gained experience at the Omaha Middle School Leadership Institute for future leaders in Omaha, NE., as an assistant principal for Jesuit Middle School for African American males. Mr. Wayne is currently working on his specialist degree in Education.

Over his educational career, Mr. Wayne has been active in various capacities with several community projects and professional organizations, which includes Alliance for Healthier Generation, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Kappa Alpha Psi, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Alpha Phi Omega.

Because of his community focus, promoting fitness and his desire to see students succeed, Wal-mart of Snellville awared him with Teacher of the Year for 2008-09. In 2007, he received the Channel 11 Class Act Award and the AJC Golden Carrot Award for providing a free health & fitness after-school program, featured in the September issue of Health Magazine as the eighth healthier school in the nation. He also implemented the first and only elementary track team in Gwinnett County Schools. Lastly in the summer of 2008, he was rewarded for his leadership in the area of promoting healthy activities and healthy choices for students. Mr. Wayne and two fifth graders served as ambassadors to Connect with Congress, an event sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. W.C. Britt was one of 26 elementary schools in the country to be honored. As a result of the honor, Mr. Wayne and the two students were invited to the Washington D.C. to discuss their ideas with congressional representatives.

Mr. Wayne resides in Lawrenceville, GA, with his wife Brenetta and three children Tatiana, Rodney Jr. and Samiya.