Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday announced the names of 24 Georgia teachers who have earned the Master Teacher certification, based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and student growth for 2014.
Seven of those educators are in the Fulton County School System, making 2014 the fourth consecutive year in which the district has had the most Master Teachers than any district in the state.
“This is great news for Fulton County Schools and for our teachers. It shows that they are recognized for their efforts to excel and for being a top performer,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “I’m really proud to see our district consistently make this list of excellent teachers.”
Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program was established in 2005 and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, or CRCT, documentation of student growth and exemplary professional practices, superior teachers are designated as Master Teachers for a period of seven years.
“Georgia’s Master Teachers
devote their careers to cultivating the minds of our future
generations,” the governor said in a press release. “There is a critical link between effective teachers and students' achievements, and our
Master Teachers embody what it means to be an effective teacher. I am
proud of these individuals for the example they are setting and for
their dedication to our students and our state as a whole.”
Fulton's Master Teachers are:
- Susan Ali-Ahmad Lake Windward Elementary School
- Vivian Hannah Brown, A. Philip Randolph Elementary School
- Charlotte Melhorn Hayes, Findley Oaks Elementary School
- Perchell D. Hinchen, Oakley Elementary School
- Danielle Deidra Perry, Oakley Elementary School
- Angela Rice, Sandy Springs Middle School
- Gail Ritchie, Haynes Bridge Middle School
Since its inception, 842 educators statewide have earned the certification, including the 24 teachers who received the 2014 distinction. With 117 total, Fulton County leads the ranks of Master Teachers among all Georgia school systems.