By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPS nurse named Georgia School Nurse of the Year  

Joanne Giel, a longtime county nurse with Gwinnett County Public Schoools (GCPS), has been named School Nurse of the Year by the Georgia Association of School Nurses (GASN).

Through this award, the GASN recognizes nurses who have demonstrated excellence in school nursing services. Giel, who has been a nurse for more than four decades, says she loves her job and appreciates the honor.

“I feel humbled, honored, and so grateful to be named Georgia School Nurse of the Year. There is nothing like winning something when it is bestowed upon you by your peers,” Giel said. “I have been a nurse for more than 41 years and have enjoyed every experience along my career path. I can truly say that being a school nurse has been the highlight of my career. Working with the students, families, communities, and staff members of GCPS along with my fellow county school nurses and clinic workers has been amazing.”

Jennifer Poole Ross, GCPS lead nurse, applauded Giel, saying she is a leader and asset to the school district. She adds, “This award is a testament to the level of excellence in the specialized practice of school nursing that Joanne Giel has brought to her role as a county school nurse over the past 15 years. In addition, she is a proven leader at the local, state, and national levels. Joanne is well deserving of this award and exemplifies the commitment of GCPS nurses to a comprehensive and coordinated school health program… one that positively impacts not only the health and safety of our students, but also attendance and academic success.”