Education Notebook: Houston County teacher to be honored

Warner Robins High School will have a retirement drop-in reception for teacher Pamela Stanescu on Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Stanescu is officially retiring from Warner Robins High, where she has spent her entire 45-year teaching career. The reception is open to the community.

At the beginning of the event, Stanescu will give her last lecture and departing words of wisdom. She has taught English and history classes at Warner Robins High since 1969. Although she retired in 2008 after 36 years, she returned part-time.


Mercer On Mission -- the university’s initiative blending study abroad, research and service -- is set to send its largest cohort of students to a dozen locations around the globe.

This year, 180 students and 30 faculty members will travel to 12 locations in the developing world to work on projects that range from improving access to education, health care and clean water, to preventing hazardous exposure to mercury among gold miners, to fitting amputees with prosthetic devices.


Mercer University’s Center for Leadership and Volunteerism recently received “A Shining Star” from Communities In Schools of Central Georgia, recognizing the center’s support of the local school system.

The award, which was presented for the first time last year, is given to an individual, school or organization that has demonstrated exceptional dedication and outstanding support of volunteerism in Bibb County schools.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the center placed 209 Bibb students, and those volunteers performed 8,925 hours of work for a total labor value of $201,258, said Hannah Vann, coordinator of community engagement at Mercer.


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Central Georgia Technical College Foundation a $9,000 grant to support adult literacy. Funds will be used to support expanding adult education programs and initiatives throughout CGTC’s service area.


Spillers Orthodontics is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Spillers Orthodontics Scholarship. High school seniors Cara Dunbar and Nisha Shetty, both former patients and residents of Warner Robins, were selected from 120 applicants.

A graduate of Northside High School, Dunbar will attend Young Harris College. Shetty, a graduate of Stratford Academy, will attend the University of Georgia. Each graduate will receive $1,000 to be applied toward tuition, books, fees or any other related expenses for the student’s first year of college.

Telegraph writer Jeremy Timmerman compiled this report.