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Georgia State University’s student awarded Georgia Power New Teacher Grant

Posted On November 29, 2016 by Hafeez Merchant & Stephanie Loomis
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Georgia State University’s MAT (Master of Art in Teaching) alumna and Campbell High School teacher, Mara Johnson awarded the Georgia Power New Teacher Grant

Ms. Johnson uses forward thinking and multi-modal activities to encourage her students to think critically about the literature they read and the compositions they write. Her students have created film trailers based on short stories and playlists with album covers for Othello. She has incorporated Twitter into her class discussions and is currently working on an American Literature project called, “I am here.” Students will create narratives of their lives through film, creative writing, research, blogging, social media, and visual art. She and a fellow TEEMS alumnus at Alpharetta High School are collaborating on the project, with the ultimate goal of creating a multi-state conversation between teens about life in the US.

Georgia Power announced that 41 new public school teachers from across the state will each receive a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grant this year. The company awards the grants each year to provide the state’s newest teachers with funds to purchase classroom supplies and start their careers as pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers. Since launching the program in 2004, the company has awarded more than $350,000 in individual grants to more than 350 new teachers in communities across the state.

“The foundation for Georgia’s future economic success is being laid in classrooms throughout Georgia every day,” said Anne Kaiser, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power. “Supporting education is supporting our state’s future and we’re committed to assisting teachers as they guide and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.” Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by Georgia public colleges and universities that have schools of education. To be eligible for a grant, candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their class, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching. Grant recipients are encouraged to use the funds to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers, projectors, or other supplies to enhance their classrooms. “The New Teacher Assistance Grant program is meaningful to educators as many of us want the new teachers to understand how much they are appreciated,” said Paul Alberto, Dean and Regent’s Professor in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University.