Two GRU alumni win New Teacher grants

Above left photo, Adrienne Mundy McKnight (R) stands with Dr. Susan Edwards (L). She teaches social studies at Langford Middle School in Richmond County. Edwards is the middle grades program coordinator. Above right photo, Michael Garrison (L) teaches science at Columbia Middle School in Columbia County. The two GRU alums were among 40 new public school teachers from across the state who were selected to receive one of the annual Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grants.

AUGUSTA, GA – Two first-year teachers and GRU College of Education alumni have earned Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant by excelling in academics and demonstrating a high aptitude for teaching.

Adrienne Mundy McKnight teaches social studies at Langford Middle School in Richmond County, and Michael Garrison teaches science at Columbia Middle School in Columbia County. The two GRU alums were among 40 new public school teachers from across the state who were selected to receive one of the annual grants. The awards provide new teachers with much-needed funds to purchase classroom supplies and encourage them to stay in the profession.

Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 20 Georgia public colleges and universities that have schools of education.  To be eligible for a grant, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

“Equipping teachers with the tools they need to educate Georgia’s future leaders is critical to the continued economic vitality of the state,” said Pedro Cherry, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power. “Georgia businesses have a responsibility to support education and this grant program is just one of the ways that Georgia Power is showing our commitment to the state’s teachers and the important work they do every day in the classroom.”

According to a recent national survey, 9 out of 10 public school teachers report paying for school supplies and instructional materials out of their own pockets. Research has also shown that up to 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years.

Since creating the grant program in 2004, Georgia Power has awarded a total of $285,000 in grants to hundreds of new teachers throughout the state. The company awards the grants to provide the state’s newest teachers with much-needed funds to purchase classroom supplies and encourage them to stay in the profession.  Recipients include pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers.

 

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