College Alumni Receive Georgia Power New Teacher Grants

Brunswick, GA Two spring 2012 graduates of the School of Education and Teacher Preparation, Jessica Oliver and Randall McCarty, have received $1,000 grants from Georgia Power for classroom supplies during their first year of teaching. Oliver teaches science at Wayne County High School in Jesup. McCarty is an 8th grade language arts teacher at Brantley Middle School in Nahunta.

“We’re excited that Jessica and Randall have been chosen as two of Georgia Power’s New Teacher Assistance Grant winners,” said Dr. Michael Hazelkorn, Dean of the School of Education and Teacher Preparation. “We appreciate Georgia Power’s continued support for the state’s teachers.”

The new teachers were nominated by the College for grant consideration, Hazelkorn explained, with 44 teachers from across the state selected this year, the ninth that Georgia Power has offered the incentive grants. “Academically, nominees must be in the top 25% of their class, employed in a public school, and demonstrate enthusiasm and superior aptitude for teaching.”

Dr. Timothy Goodale, Assistant Professor of Education, described Oliver as an exceptional teacher leader who will inspire future generations of students to pursue careers and academic majors in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. “As a student, Jessica presented at teacher workshops on the effective use of technology and the utilization of advanced teaching pedagogies in science. She has a keen interest in the utilization of engineering within school curriculum and has lead student workshops employing underwater robots.”

“Jessica was actively involved in our teacher education organization and maintained an exceptional GPA while also maintaining an active family life with three young boys and her husband,” Goodale concluded.

Professor Sarah Hartman, an instructor of education, cited McCarty’s strong character, depth of scholarship, dedication and work ethic, and passion for teaching in her recommendation for his nomination. “He collaborates well with his peers and effectively networks with educators, confirming his ability to work with a wide range of audiences. Randall has the uncanny skill to adjust to his surroundings and gets along well with others in whatever group of people he finds himself.”

“He would be an asset to any school system in whatever capacity he’s in and in whatever career path he chooses. With all the troubles facing today’s schools, this country needs countless more teachers with Randall’s talents,” Hartman said enthusiastically.

Release Date: 11/26/2012
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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