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Chatham Co. teacher wins round in Innovation in Teaching

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Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday seven winners in the third round of the Innovation in Teaching Competition.

The program rewards teachers who use innovating teaching approaches for Georgia's standard in  English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The competition is available through the Georgia's Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program.

The winners will receive a $2,000 stipend, and each teacher's school will receive a $5,000 grant for implementing state teaching standards, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Bynikinin Frazier, a first grade English Language Arts teacher at Hodge Elementary School, was one of the third round competition winners.

The six other winners in the third round were:  Lindsay Bowley, an eighth grade, English Language Arts at Creekland Middle School in Cherokee County; Jan Moore, a third Grade, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies teacher at Holsenbeck Elementary School in Barrow County; Amy Palermo, a sixth grade English Language Arts, River Trail Middle School in Fulton County; Lindsey Rhodes, a kindergarten English Language Arts and Science teacher at Sugar Hill Elementary in Hall County;  Victoria Sinco, a fifth grade, mathematics teacher at Avery Elementary School in Cherokee County; and Brian Swanagan, who teaches ninth and 12th grade math at Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy in Floyd County.

The winners were nominated by principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, district staff representing schools around the state, andGeorgia Dept. of Education Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, School Improvement and Curriculum staff.

Georgia Public Broadcasting will interview the winners about how they prepare their units and those videos will be available to others to learn from. Deal will announce the fourth round of the Innovation in Teaching Competition this spring. 

The nominees then submitted a plan demonstrating innovative and effective strategies to teach reading, English language arts and/or mathematics and a two-minute video describing their qualifications for the prize.

Get more information about the Innovation Fund at the Governor's Office of Student Achievement website.

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