Education Notebook: MGTC student wins state award for adult education

March 31, 2013 

Stephanie Garcia, a Middle Georgia Technical College student, has been named the Adult Education Student of the Year for the state of Georgia.

Garcia received a new KIA Forte from Jeff Smith KIA in Perry during a ceremony March 21, according to a news release.

EAGLE -- Exceptional Adult Georgia Literacy Education -- recognizes students who are studying for or have their GED and demonstrate achievement and leadership skills. This year, 28 technical college students were recognized and interviewed for the state award.

Garcia was able to work her way into the corporate world without credentials, only to be laid off twice when the economy weakened. She is now taking courses at MGTC and is enrolled in the surgical technology program.

Houston hosting Teacher Hall of Fame ceremony

The Houston County Teacher Hall of Fame ceremony will be 2:30 p.m. April 14 at the board of education central office in Perry.

The sixth annual event will honor four educators: Linda Faraone, Mary Ann Gore, Gail Maye and Pamela Stanescu.

For teachers to be considered for the honor, they must be exceptional instructors, have demonstrated the necessary qualities and skills and have taught within the system for at least 20 years.

Bibb nutrition manager has winning recipe

A Bibb County nutrition manager is competing in the final round of a state culinary competition.

Gloria Terry’s Mexican bean salad recipe bested those of other district competitors in this year’s State Culinary Competition, hosted by the Georgia School Nutrition Association, according to a news release. The event took place March 16 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Tucker.

Chefs from the college judged the entries based on criteria including new federal nutrition standards and appeal to students.

Terry is now among 20 school nutrition professionals in the running for statewide accolades, with Georgia’s nutrition association expected to announce the top three recipes at its annual conference this month.

Matt Arthur students tosing at Atlanta Braves game

The Matt Arthur Elementary School chorus will sing the national anthem at the Atlanta Braves game April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The choir is made up of 54 third- through fifth-graders.

“To prepare, they sang the national anthem at two Mercer basketball games last month,” music teacher Rick Gonzalez said. “It was a great way to experience the excitement and atmosphere of singing in front of a large group of people.”

Poet to discuss work at MGSC

Poet Jacqueline Osherow will read and discuss her work April 9 at Middle Georgia State College.

She will speak at 2 p.m. in Room 231 of the Education Building on the Macon campus and at 5:30 p.m. in Walker Auditorium on the Warner Robins campus, according to a release.

Osherow is the author of six books of poems, including “The Hoopoe’s Crown” and “Whitethorn.” She has won the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Since then, she has received numerous honors, and her poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies.

Virtual school enrolling students

A public virtual charter school is currently enrolling students for the 2013-2014 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy has spaces for 3,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and is open to students across the state, according to its website.

Enrollment is open through April 12. If more children enroll than the school has space for, students will be chosen by lottery April 18.

For more information about the school, visit

Education Notebook was compiled by staff writers Jenna Mink and Andrea Castillo.

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