Deal Announces Fifth Round Innovation in Teaching Winners

January 6, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced five winners in the fifth round of the Innovation in Teaching Competition.  The competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching strategies for the Georgia standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, is available through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program. Round five focused on rewarding innovative secondary and special education teachers.

Each winning teacher will receive a $2,000 stipend, and each teacher’s school will receive a $5,000 grant for implementation of Georgia’s instructional standards. In addition, Georgia Public Broadcasting will film the winning educators teaching in their classrooms during the 2014-2015 school year, as well as interview them about how they prepared the featured units. 

The five winners in round five, along with the grade level and subject area(s) of each winning unit, are listed below.

Ashley Bailey
Sixth Grade, Mathematics
Bear Creek Middle School
Barrow County Schools
 
Debbie Chrzanowski
Kindergarten, Special Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
Baker Elementary School
Cobb County School District
 
Melanie Hartfield
Fifth Grade, Special Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
Unity Grove Elementary School
Henry County Schools
 
Jerry Knox
10th-12th Grades, Mathematics and Science
Academy of Richmond County
Richmond County School System
 
Jamie McFarland
Kindergarten-Second Grades, Special Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
Rock Springs Elementary School
Gwinnett County Public Schools


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Click here for more information about the Innovation in Teaching Competition.