Laurens County educator among state’s ‘master teachers’

Staff reportJune 6, 2014 

Twenty-four Georgia teachers have earned “master teacher” certification, including a Middle Georgia educator.

The honor is based in part on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and student growth in 2014, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Elizabeth Ann Outlaw, a Laurens County teacher, was among the 24 teachers to earn the distinction.

Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program was established in 2005 and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, documentation of student growth and exemplary professional practices, superior teachers are designated as “master teachers” for seven years.

2014 was the last application cycle for the Master Teacher Certification program. In the near future, with the upcoming implementation of the new system of tiered certification, exemplary teachers will be able to attain an Advanced Professional Certification.

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