Meet Atlanta Families Award winner Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman, a seventh grade science teacher at KIPP STRIVE Academy is an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) winner for the 2014 school year. One of two winners today, Ms. Freeman will use the award to fund a leadership program for students who struggle with poor character choices. Freeman is one of six APS educators awarded... Continue Reading →

Meet Atlanta Families Award winner Celeste McNeil

Celeste McNeil, a fifth grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Academy, was named today as an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) winner for the 2014 school year. McNeil is one of six APS educators who will receive $7,500 for innovative classroom projects, professional development and a personal stipend. Ms. McNeil will use the award to fund... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families’ Award blitz gives KIPP teacher “shock of a lifetime”

As KIPP STRIVE and KIPP VISION teacher Amber Stewart stayed up Monday night preparing for what her principal referred to as a meeting with a concerned parent, representatives from the Atlanta Families’ Award for Educational Excellence (AFAEE) were finalizing a secret plan to surprise her at work the next day to announce that she was a... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families bestows major honor on KIPP WAYS leader

The KIPP WAYS school band and scores of excited students were on hand when representatives from the Atlanta Families Awards for Exellence in Education (AFAEE) surprised KIPP WAYS principal Dwight Ho-Sang and presented him with an oversized check for $7,500 to celebrate his commitment to excellence and to Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students. Similar scenarios played out at nine... Continue Reading →

Teach for America Member and APS Alum Offers a Helping ‘Hand’ to APS Students

Video Source: Teach For America, YouTube Pierce Hand, a teacher at Mays High School, was recently featured in a video produced by Teach For America. The product of Booker T. Washington High School, Hand faced many obstacles and setbacks, but through the encouragement and guidance of his teachers, he was determined to persevere. All of... Continue Reading →

M.A. Jones Elementary teacher selected to attend Teach For All Global Workshop in Mumbai, India

Erica Franklin, a second-year Teach For America corps member and fifth-grade teacher at M. Agnes Jones Elementary, is one of six corps members nationwide who was chosen to participate and represent Teach For America in a global workshop sponsored by Teach For All. The other five corps members joining Franklin hail from the following regions: Tulsa,... Continue Reading →

GE’s John Rice reads up on Toomer Elementary

GE Vice Chairman John Rice spent the morning at Toomer Elementary School with Caitlin Hickey's kindergarten class learning all about the ritual of their daily morning meeting and listening to them count in Mandarin to showcase Toomer's participation in the Confucius Institute. "I feel so glad that I finally got a chance to meet you," he told the kindergarteners.... Continue Reading →

Principal for a Day: Dunbar Elementary welcomes Dr. Gwen Benson

Sometimes you really can go home again. As Dr. Gwen Benson of Georgia State University walked the halls of Dunbar Elementary, the former Atlanta Public Schools employee couldn’t help but note how far the district has come. “It’s more inclusive of students with disabilities, and there’s more support for students and principals,” said Benson, who... Continue Reading →

Meet the 2009 APS Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Rachel Willis

We continue our look at the APS Teachers of the Year with a mini-profile of the Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Morningside Elementary's Rachel Willis. Rachel Willis is a product of the Atlanta Public Schools system. After graduating from Grady High School, Willis received a bachelor of arts degree in government from Smith College. In... Continue Reading →

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