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06/13/2017

Two Brookwood High teachers were recently recognized as tops in their field.

Amber Simmons was named the Georgia Council of Teachers of English 2017 Teacher of the Year, while Ashley Allgood was named 2017 Georgia Latin Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Classical Association.

Simmons’ honor recognizes a language arts teacher who understands the issues in teaching literacy skills, demonstrates awareness and implementation of the best practices in teaching language arts, and influences colleagues at a local, state and national level. Simmons was honored at the state level in February, and now will represent Georgia in the National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of the Year competition.
 
For Allgood, the Teacher of the Year Award is presented to a member of the Georgia Classical Association who is distinguished as a teacher of Latin through the performance of students and through exceptional efforts to enhance the teaching of Latin in the state.

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06/13/2017

Paul Brinkley has taught at Lawrenceville Elementary for five years, and each summer he spends several days learning some new perspectives on how to teach math.

“Sometimes teaching gets old,” he said. “This kind of puts a spice into what we teach.”

Brinkley spoke on Thursday outside a classroom at Jenkins Elementary, where he worked with fifth-graders at the 14th math institute hosted each summer by Gwinnett County Public Schools. The eight-day professional learning program that ended Thursday offered new tips and strategies for teachers, some 700 of them, and about 1,500 students from kindergarten through eighth grade at 15 schools.
 
Last week, the district trained master trainers and cluster trainers on research-based instructional practices, and this week, they took what they learned and brought it to other teachers and modeled instruction, with students coaching teacher participants along the way.

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06/11/2017

Four students in three Gwinnett high school art programs recently received gold medals as part of the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards — an upgrade after they earlier this spring received gold keys at a regional competition in Georgia.

They hail from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology, North Gwinnett High School and Parkview High School.
 
The artwork and students are “Reminisce,” by Allison Chan of GSMST, honored with teacher Jennifer Griner, “Gray Out” by Isabelle Aboderin of North Gwinnett, with teacher Dallas Gillespie, “A Fish out of Water” by Rachel Chang of North Gwinnett with teacher Debi West, and “Orange My Orange” by Cassidy Moncrief of Parkview and teacher Alexandra Scott. Moncrief’s piece won an additional designation, the American Visions Award, one of only 12 such medals given nationally.

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06/07/2017

A pair of teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools are in the running for a Teacher of the Year title in their respective fields.

Max Chavez of Maxwell High and Andrea Barrett of Mountain View High have been nominated for the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year title, and will find out in July if they won.
 
Chavez was nominated after he was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia. Barrett was selected to compete for the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year title after she was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Marketing Education Association.

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06/06/2017

Georgia’s spelling bee champion from Gwinnett made it to the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but a combined score of a written test and oral spelling fell short of getting him to the finals on Thursday.

Abhi Kapaganty, who recently finished fifth grade at Suwanee’s Burnette Elementary, spelled hypallage and arguendo correctly earlier in the week. But he didn’t score high enough with those words and a written test to advance to be among the top 40 finalists.

Hypallage is a transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, while arguendo is Latin and means “for the sake of argument.”

“The overall experience has been great for him, got to meet and learn for other participants, he is now more determined to better next year with more studying,” his father, Srinivas Kapaganty, told the Daily Post.

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06/02/2017

A group of Gwinnett students recently won a coding competition in Alpharetta hosted at LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

The Saturday and Sunday event, called CodeDay, was for “young technologists in metro Atlanta.” Students competed to build the best app in a 24-hour time period. Students competed to develop the next trending mobile app, video game or web application.

Sanjay Ravigopol, Sebastian Soler, Darius Kadiz, all from Crews Middle, and Sharan Ravigopol, a Brookwood High student, won the Best Collaboration Award.

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