Education Notes: Mack named Teacher of the Year at Dunbar Elementary

From Staff Reports
Amber DeAnne Mack, daughter of Coach Floyd Mack Sr. and Debora Anne Mack, was selected as 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Dunbar Elementary School of the Atlanta Public Schools system (APS).
Mack, who has been teaching for seven years, also was a runner up on the district level of APS for elementary teachers in Teacher of the Year voting. She developed a passion for interacting with her students on a daily basis from her father, who has been in the educational field more than 30 years. Mack’s mother is a native of Newnan and a 1970 graduate of Central High School.
• Unity PTO pre-selling doughnuts to fund Jekyll Island trip
The Unity Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization is holding a doughnut sale to raise money for a school trip to Jekyll Island.
The school’s fifth-graders are making a trip to the Georgia coast in the spring. Kasey Calhoun, PTO president, said the PTO is pre-selling doughnuts to help cover the cost of the trip.
The pre-sale began Dec. 3, and money for orders will be due Jan. 9. The fresh Krispy Kremes will be delivered to the school in Luthersville on Jan. 11.

Doughnuts are $6 per box. Orders may be made by contacting Calhoun at or 770-927-1870.

• Student video contest offers $1,000 top prizes

A national grassroots group is offering high school students the chance to win $1,000 and other cash prizes in a student video PSA contest.

Population Connection, the nation’s largest grassroots population organization, is again hosting its “World of 7 Billion” contest. Students in grades 9-12 are asked to create a 30-45 second public service announcement that illustrates the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following topics: Food security, wildlife habitat, or the global status of women and girls.

Cash prizes will be awarded to four winners in each topic area. Three grand prize winners will receive $1,000. Participating teachers will receive free curriculum. Deadline for video submission is Feb. 21.

For full contest rules or to see previous winning videos, please visit .

• GaDOE awards STEM certification to Wheeler

The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to Wheeler High School in Cobb County.

The department presented the school’s Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology with the certification at a ceremony that included state and local officials, as well as business partners.

To earn STEM certification, the school had to submit an application showing that it meets rigorous criteria, such as evidence of teacher collaboration, business and industry partnerships, high levels of math and science instruction and an integrated, project-based STEM curriculum. A team from the Georgia Department of Education visited the school to observe the program.

Highlights from the Wheeler High School application include a requirement that all seniors complete an internship with a company where the student develops a research project and presents it at the end of the school year. The school also sees strong support from parents and community members who provide money for STEM projects and equipment for students.

Learn more about STEM schools at .

• Creator of UWG’s ‘Go West’ campaign honored

The University of West Georgia’s Jami Bower, assistant vice president for University Communications and Marketing, was recently named the Georgia Education Advancement Council’s “Outstanding Newcomer” at its fall conference.

Bower is the creator of UWG’s award-winning “Go West” campaign.

• Degrees

University of Georgia, Griffin Campus: Leidy Zern of Newnan, Specialist of Education.

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