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Clayton County schools announce four Georgia Master Teachers
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Clayton County schools announce four Georgia Master Teachers

JONESBORO – Four Clayton County public school teachers have earned the 2011 Georgia Master Teachers certification, a state-issued document that officially recognizes them as being among the state’s leading educators. Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement.

They are Neva Seldon, an augmented Early Intervention Program (EIP) teacher; and Ave-Maria Tatum, a former district teacher of the year and an EIP Teacher, both of Mt. Zion Primary School; Sarah Tate, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Forest Park Middle School; and Tonya Clarke, a teacher development specialist with the Professional Learning Department who was also elevated to serve as an instructional coach.

“Instructional coaches earn the Georgia Master Teacher certificate by providing evidence of effective coaching practices that lead to improved student achievement and progress,” Clarke said.

“Master Teachers are part of the go-to group for insights, actions, reactions, and recommendations in education. They are frequently invited to serve in local, state, regional, and national education groups as the voice of Georgia educators, and as influential professionals in their communities,” she added.

The county’s Master Teachers are among an elite group of 86 classroom instructors that received the annual statewide designation. Their selection was based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, documentation of student growth, and exemplary professional practices.

Exceptionally talented teachers that earn this designation must have at least three years of classroom experience and evidence that links instruction to appreciable gains in student achievement. They retain their Master Teachers status for seven years.

The program was established by legislation passed during the 2005 Georgia General Assembly, and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). A total of 25 district teachers have been added to the state’s Master Teacher list since 2006.


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