North Gwinnett Middle School’s Cheri Nations has been named a 2016-2017 Innovation in Teaching Competition winner. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) award honors teachers who implement innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. Nations is one of three winners in the state. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on one of the following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, language and literacy skills, blended learning and innovative practices to close the achievement gap.
The 8th grade science teacher was selected for her work in applied learning with a focus on STEAM Education. Each winner will receive a $3,000 stipend and a $4,000 school grant to support innovative instructional strategies. In addition, Georgia Public Broadcasting will film each of the winning educators teaching a unit and conduct an interview about preparation for the unit. The videos, along with the educators’ unit plans and supplementary materials, will be made available to other educators, parents, institutions of higher education and other educational stakeholders.