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Dr. Robert Avossa became Superintendent of the Fulton County School System in 2011. As Superintendent, he is responsible for the leadership, administration and management of approximately 93,200 students, 101 schools, 10,500+ employees, and an $814 million general fund budget. During his first year of superintendency, Avossa established the Learning Communities model for Fulton County Schools and he has been successful in driving the school system forward in its quest for charter system status, which was granted by the Georgia Department of Education in 2012. Before coming to Fulton County Schools, Avossa served as Chief Strategy and Accountability Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, one of the largest systems in the country. He also previously served as an area superintendent and as Chief of Staff. In 2011, he graduated from the Broad Superintendents Academy. Prior to that, Avossa had a diverse range of experience with key roles at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has been a teacher in middle and high schools, principal of a large Title I elementary school, and the principal of a comprehensive high school with more than 3,250 students. His work in these positions earned Avossa the designation as Young Educator of the Year. Avossa holds a bachelor's degree in exceptional education and behavior disorders as well as a master's degree in special education, both from the University of South Florida. He also holds a doctorate from Wingate University. He and his wife, Kellee, have two children who attend Fulton County schools. He is a member of the fifth class of Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.