Best in class for Dec. 13

The National Society of High School Scholars named Dana Kling of Gwinnett County's Brookwood High School as one of its ten top Educators of the Year. NSHSS nominated Kling because he made the most significant impact on their academics. The Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction program has chosen 38,000 teachers since 2004 based on their in-class teaching, leadership and positive influences.

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The Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders recently hosted a fitness clinic for 30 students from Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The event included teachings about nutrition, exercise and confidence. The clinic is part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving.

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Roswell’s Hillside Elementary School held Science Day, a daylong event to expose students to a hands-on natural world experience, earlier this month. The day aims to give the students a lifelong appreciation for science. All students from kindergarten through 5th grade worked in groups to study fundamental science concepts.

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Ryan Lund Neumann, an English language arts teacher at University of Georgia, won the 2013 James M. Britton Award for Inquiry within the English Language Arts. Neumann won the award for his study, "What Had Happened." The award aims to develop English Language teachers with refelective inquiry. The award will be announced at the 2013 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston during the Conference on English Education luncheon. CEE is an organization within the NTCE.

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DeKalb’s Dunwoody Elementary School hosted a canned food drive that collected over 700 pounds of food, which could potentially feed 500 families. The food went to Atlanta Food Bank and the 11 Alive Can-A-Thon.

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Debi Goodman, a kindergarten teacher at Cobb County's Shallowford Falls Elementary, is one of two winners in the statewide Innovation in Teaching Competition. Goodman submitted a detailed application to the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, demonstrating how she incorporates literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts throughout her kindergarten lesson plans. She also proved how her effective instructional strategies have directly resulted in student achievement. Goodman will receive a $2,000 stipend for herself and $5,000 for Shallowford Falls.