Education Notebook: Jones County teacher earns national award

Lauren Goble, a first-grade teacher at Mattie Wells Elementary School in Jones County, was recently named one of seven recipients of the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award.

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization give the award to teachers who have received state awards for successfully incorporating agricultural concepts into their curriculum. Goble received the 2015 Georgia Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from Georgia Farm Bureau in December.

Goble educates her students about local agriculture with Thank a Farmer Friday, when students eat commodities from a nearby farm they learned about in class that week. Each week her class makes a virtual visit using distance-learning technology to one of 32 farms across the state that she's partnering with. The students learn about a crop or livestock the farm produces, prepare a recipe featuring the commodity and discuss how the farmer grows the crop or livestock. The lesson plans incorporate Georgia geography, and the students write letters to the farmers asking questions about the farm.


Westside Elementary School has been selected as an honorable mention recipient and will be recognized during the 2016 High Flying Schools Award ceremony to be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. during the 27th National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah.

The mission of the conference is to train adults who work with youths to create safe, healthy, caring and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents.


On March 3, administrators from Fort Valley State University's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Family Development Center and Quality Child Care Center Complex. The building is located on Carver Drive across the street from Wildcat Stadium.

The new complex is a 25,000-square-foot building composed of multiple sections, including an auditorium and meeting rooms for extension seminars and workshops. The center also holds a meeting facility for child development programs now housed in Myers Hall, a home management house for student experiential learning, classrooms for infants and toddlers, and a commercially equipped kitchen that accommodates instructional needs as well as provides a separate area to meet food service requirements.


Warner Robins High School and Huntington Middle School won first place at their respective levels in the annual Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Academic Bowl held in Plains Feb. 19. The Warner Robins team includes Rebecca Walde, Dustin Priaulx, James Luppino, Walker Wright and coaches Louis Leskosky and Scott Daniel.

Aaron Hodo, Elina Hale, Farinaz Zahiri, Margot Nicholson, Peyton Owings, Victoria Martin, Jordan Rice, Aiden Malcolm and coach Jeff Knutson make up the Huntington squad. The students received a trophy, certificates and medals.

The Jimmy Carter Academic Bowl for area middle schools and high schools is a battle of the minds. Each round consists of 20 questions asked by a moderator. The questions are taken from the Georgia Performance Standards as well as standards from previous years. Students answer questions on a variety of topics such as American history, world history, economics and geography.


Four Middle Georgia students have qualified for the state geography bee, part of the national bee system sponsored by National Geographic.

After winning bees at their respective schools and passing a test to qualify, Landon Derr (Bonaire Middle School), Camden Lashley (First Presbyterian Day School), Santiago Zavala Segovia (Mossy Creek Middle School) and Stephanie Pierson (Mount de Sales) have moved on to state competition. That bee will be held April 1 at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Telegraph writer Jeremy Timmerman contributed to this report.