AMERICUS (Oct. 10, 2012)—Two recent Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) School of Education graduates recently received some much-needed assistance in equipping their new classrooms. 

Education grads earn Georgia Power Teacher Assistance Grants

AMERICUS (Oct. 10, 2012)—Two recent Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) School of Education graduates recently received some much-needed assistance in equipping their new classrooms. Katie Mueller, a third grade teacher at Sumter County Elementary School, and Michael Bobbitt, a mathematics teacher at Taylor County High School, both earned New Teacher Assistance Grants worth $1,000 from Georgia Power.

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Michael Bobbitt and Katie Mueller earned Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grants

Now in its ninth year, Georgia Power has awarded $1,000 grants for classroom supplies to some of the state’s best and brightest new teachers through its New Teacher Assistance Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage promising new teachers by helping them purchase materials and supplies for use in their classroom beyond those provided by their school. The items purchased with the grant money are the property of the teacher, not of the school system.

Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by each Georgia public college and university that has a school of education. To be eligible for the grant, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class academically, serve as a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia, and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

Georgia Power began the program as a way to encourage new teachers to stay in the profession and to provide them with much-needed funds to purchase classroom supplies, equipment or materials not provided by their schools.

Mueller, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. Bobbitt is from Ellaville and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with teacher certification.

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