The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust has awarded Suzanne Carey of Rising Starr Middle School in Fayette County the 2009 Georgia Distinguished Educator of the Year Award for Middle School.
Each year the commission selects one full-time educator from the elementary, middle and high school level who has demonstrated excellence and creativity in the development and presentation of lessons in the Holocaust, character education or diversity. Competition participants are required to submit a lesson plan containing measurable objectives, materials, methods of assessment and impact on students in addition to a recommendation from a student, parent or peer and an administrator. Georgia Power sponsors the competition.
As the middle school winner, Carey will receive a $1,000 cash prize, have her name placed on a permanent Georgia Power plaque located at the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit and the Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teacher Training and Resource Center, receive a Georgia Power plaque to hang in the school and have her lesson plan posted on the commission’s website.
Three years ago Carey inspired her students to create a Holocaust Memorial Garden at the school during their study of the Holocaust. Students refresh the garden each year by adding new plants and flowers. A total of 44 students and their parents worked after school last Friday adding new plants and a Japanese Maple tree. The students raised approximately $500 for the project.
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