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Georgia Power Recognizes Promising New Teachers

Print friendly Modified September 7, 2013

Each year since 2004, Georgia Power has awarded $1,000 grants for classroom supplies to some of the state’s best and brightest new teachers through its New Teacher Assistance Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage promising new teachers by helping them purchase materials and supplies for use in their classroom beyond those provided by their school. The items purchased with the grant money are the property of the teacher, not of the school system.

Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 18 Georgia public colleges and universities that have a school of education. To be eligible for the grant, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class academically, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia, and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

Georgia Power logo “The new jobs being created in Georgia require an educated work force, and businesses must lend their support to improving the quality of education to ensure Georgia’s economic viability continues to flourish,” said Kevin Fletcher, Georgia Power’s vice president of Economic Development. “This program is Georgia Power’s way of telling new teachers that we appreciate their contributions and we hope they will remain committed to the profession.”

Georgia Power began the program as a way to encourage new teachers to stay in the profession and to provide them with much-needed funds to purchase classroom supplies, equipment or materials not provided by their schools.

“Teacher retention continues to be a major concern in Georgia. In the next four years, 50 percent of our baby boomer-age teachers will retire. It’s critical that we hire a significant number of new teachers and give them incentives to stay with the profession.” Winners can use the $1,000 grant to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers or projectors, or other supplies.

“We are delighted to award these grants to these deserving teachers,” noted Fletcher. “The average teacher spends approximately $500 out of their own pocket each year on classroom materials. This award helps alleviate this burden and allows them to be creative in the classroom.” Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility with rates well below the national average. Georgia Power serves 2.3 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant: Winners 2009

College Name Grade Subject Community County
Albany State Monica Noriega 8th Science/Spanish Camilla Mitchell
Lonnie Thornton 3rd All LaGrange Troup
Armstrong Atlantic Bonnie Camp 4th Spec Ed Math & Science Ludowici Long
Augusta State Rebecca Whitley 11th English & American Lit Waynesboro Burke
James Davis 5th Math & Science Augusta Richmond
Clayton State Jennifer Mozley 6th Math & Language Arts LaGrange Troup
Columbus State Jana Austin 5th Math, Reading & Writing LaGrange Troup
Dalton State Marlena Lawrence 6th English LaFayette Walker
Joshua Roberts 6th & 8th Math & Science Dalton Whitfield
Gainesville State Sara Eller Pre-K All Sugar Hill Gwinnett
Georgia College Lyndsay Riley 9th & 10th Biology/Science Milledgeville Baldwin
Georgia Southern Jordyn Nail 9th Math Swainsboro Emanuel
R. Heath Simmons 4-8th Math & Science Wrightsville Johnson
Georgia SW Laura Horne 3rd Grade Language Arts & Math Dublin Laurens
Ted Barton 6th Grade Science & Social Studies Leesburg Lee
Georgia State Emily Decker High English Norcross Gwinnett
Gordon College Renee Ard Kindergarten All, Early Intervention Barnesville Lamar
Kenny Vaughn 5th Reading & Language Arts Thomaston Upson
Kennesaw State Casey Evans 3rd All Calhoun Gordon
Natasha Lewis 9th-11th History & Geography Acworth Cobb
Macon State Danielle Hall 4th Social Studies Byron Peach
George Lamberth 4th Social Studies, Reading Fort Valley Peach
North Georgia Caroline Utz 2nd Reading/Math Inclusion Resaca Gordon
UGA Kathryn Koerten 9th Math Atlanta DeKalb
Mike Walliser 10th Math Athens Clarke
Valdosta State Brandi Clapper 9-12 Deaf & Hard of Hearing/ASL Moultrie Colquitt
Brett Rogers 6th – 8th Reading & Math Lakeland Lanier
West Georgia J. Alison Johns 9-12th Health & Physical Ed Newnan Coweta
A. Cody Campbell 6/7/8th Math (Remedial) Macon Bibb

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