Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fayette County Pre-K Teachers Selected for State Mentoring Program

Three of the Fayette County school system’s finest Pre-K teachers have been selected by Georgia to be mentors to first-time teachers in the Georgia Pre-K Lottery program.

Margaret Davis, Crabapple Lane Elementary; Shelly Jones, Peachtree City Elementary; and Dana Popiel, Oak Grove Elementary, were chosen by Bright from the Start, the organization that oversees the state’s Pre-K program, as three of the 50 experienced teachers making up this year’s Mentor Teacher Program. The mentor program is part of the New Teacher Institute that helps new lottery teachers throughout the state learn the skills necessary to teach four-year old children.

The mentor program is open to experienced lottery Pre-K teachers. Applicants are required to submit a professional portfolio showcasing their classroom skills. Fayette County's three mentor teachers have a combined 25 years of experience in working with Pre-K children.

“These Pre-K teachers strive to go above and beyond the duties and responsibilities required of the teachers in the Georgia Pre-K program. They have traveled around the state this year to help many teachers as well as served as best practice sites for our own teachers,” says Clarice Howard, who oversees the school system’s lottery program.

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