Best in Class

Jim Calfree and Nancy Condon with Gwinnett County Public Schools have been busy in the classroom and kitchen. They have been learning to add more flavor to their nutrition programs and to develop a better understanding of menu planning, ingredient quality, production, garnishing and service. This was all part of the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program’s 36-hour Culinary Institute II in Statesboro. Georgia Southern University professors and chefs were in charge.

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Jake Ruiz, a recent graduate of Fayetteville High School, was one of the top six finalists at the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championships in Park City, Utah. He will represent the U.S. in Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition in Washington, D.C July 31 to Aug. 3 competing against students from more than 40 countries. “I was not surprised Jake did so well in the competition. He is a leader and has an aptitude for technology. Certification has given him the confidence to pursue technology as a profession,” said Jennifer Metcalfe, business education instructor at Fayette County High School.

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Several Cherokee County teachers were among a group of AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world who were selected as readers for more than 3.7 million AP Exams. They include: from Creekview High School, Michael Sinco (AP World History); Etowah High School, Kevin Wall (AP English Literature) and Mary Shell (AP World History); River Ridge High School, Keith Hooper (AP Spanish); Sequoyah High School, Cathy Barco (AP Psychology), Elaine Dasher (AP English Literature) and Allison Webb (AP Spanish); and Woodstock High School, Maria Gogerty (AP Spanish Language), Andy Hall (AP English Language), Dan Paige (AP Human Geography) and Krista Webb (AP World History).

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Pamela Craft, a 20-year science teacher at Cobb County’s Campbell Middle School, joined teachers from around the world on a learning adventure of a lifetime in June during the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program. The company awarded 210 scholarships to teachers from 27 countries and 42 states to attend its simulated astronaut training and professional development program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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