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Middle Georgia State College’s School of Education will use a $10,000 award to plan ways to strengthen teacher preparation.

College faculty members will attend a Transforming Educator Preparation conference in Atlanta to help flesh out ideas, which include creating year-long practice teaching opportunities for college students within the Bibb, Bleckley, Houston and Peach school systems; refining ways that student teachers work with veteran teachers during student-teaching experiences; changing how veteran teachers are chosen and how they work with student teachers; developing training for veteran teachers and school leaders who work with student teachers; and teaching the college faculty more about Common Core and new testing instruments that will be used to assess veteran and student teachers.

The proposal seeking the planning funds was written by Nancy Greene, Sumitra Himangshu, Vicki Luther and David Fuller.


The State Board of Education will hold a public hearing for residents of the 8th Congressional District from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium, 200 N. Pinetree Blvd., Thomasville. The hearing focuses on performance and problems of public education. People who want to speak should sign in when they arrive. For information, call Debbie Caputo at 404-657-7410.

The 8th Congressional District includes much of Middle Georgia.


Mercer University freshman Leslie Gabrielle “Gabby” Carter, a graduate of the Central High School International Baccalaureate program, is the university’s 2014 Griffith Scholar.

Carter plans to pursue a major in nursing with her sights set on ultimately receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercer’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. She is interested in a potential career as a nurse practitioner, according to a statement from the school.

In high school, Carter was a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Key Club and Upward Bound. She was also involved in the Macon community, volunteering and working for several community organizations, such as Carlyle Place and Manna Ministries.

The Griffith Scholars program is funded by Mercer trustee, alumnus, and Macon businessman Benjamin “Benjy” W. Griffith III.


A Houston County educator will participate in the Education Policy Fellowship Program as part of the 2014-15 class.

Amy Fouse, coordinator of English language arts, world languages and Title III/ESOL, is one of 21 fellows chosen to participate the national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership. It is designed to advance issues of education policy.

“It is important to carefully contemplate how educational policy will take public education into the future and provide our teachers with the solid guidance and support to prepare students for college and careers,” Fouse said in a news release. “Being part of this fellowship will allow the opportunity to be an advocate for the incredibly important work of providing the best education for our students.”

Fouse has worked in e ducation for 17 years.


A Veterans High School teacher and recent graduate will be recognized at an awards luncheon of the Georgia Air Force Association on Friday at the Landings Golf Club clubhouse.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Peggy Miller, an aerospace science teacher, has been named the 2013-14 Georgia AFA Teacher of the Year, and recent graduate Cheyenne Daughtry is the Outstanding Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet of the Year, according to a Houston County schools news release.

Miller and Daughtry, who is now a student at Georgia State University, were nominated for the state honor after winning the Carl Vinson Memorial Chapter 296 awards.


A Peach County educator was one of 22 teachers nationwide to participate in the two-week National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Institute Program for Middle School Science Teachers.

In addition, Bernessa Rawls-Baker, a Fort Valley Middle School teacher, was the only teacher in Georgia selected to participate in the program, according to a release.

Teachers in the program participated in hands-on activities, lectures, tours and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They also received instructional materials.

Telegraph writers Jennifer Burk, Mike Stucka and Oby Brown contributed to this report.