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Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has announced the names of 86 Georgia teachers who have earned "Master Teacher" certification.

This distinction is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth for 2011.

"I am proud of Georgia's Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state's goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom," said Gov. Deal.

Cherokee schools employee returns to work after DUI treatment

Cherokee schools employee returns to work after DUI treatment

CANTON, Ga. -- A Cherokee County School District employee is back at work after completing treatment following his latest DUI arrest.

Mike McGowan, the district's former spokesman, returned to the CCSD on Monday, May 2. He now works at the supervisor level, a step below his previous position, in the accountability, technology and strategic planning department.

"Mr. McGowan's return to work was predicated upon his successfully meeting multiple conditions as determined by the department of personnel management," said Trey Olsen, assistant superintendent of personnel management for the CCSD.

McGowan was arrested on Dec. 17, 2010 after he was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road on Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton. Police subsequently found two empty beer bottles on the floor of his car and six bottle caps in his pants pocket.

McGowan was arrested for DUI in 1998 and 2003 as well.

Sequoyah High senior signs letter of intent

Sequoyah High senior signs letter of intent

CANTON, Ga. -- Lisa Mitchell, a senior at Sequoyah High School in Canton, has signed a letter of intent to play college basketball in the fall.

Mitchell is now the newest member of the girls' basketball team at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

In the picture, Lisa is seated with her mother Susan. Standing behind them are (l-r) Elliott Berman, principal of Sequoyah High; Dr. Rick Bragg, head girls' basketball coach at GCSU; and Todd Miller, Sequoyah High athletic director.

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's morning team rolled out the red carpet Monday morning to honor Metro Atlanta's "Class Act" teachers. The 31 men and women were nominated by their peers and students for special recognition for their committment to their classes and students.


On Monday, the 31 educators, their principals and some family and friends joined the 11Alive morning team as a live studio audience.


For a Random Act of Kindness, they all received some of our anchors' favorite things:


From Chesley and Men's Warehouse: a stylish matching tie and pocket square.


From Karyn and Spa Sydell: a gift certificate for much-deserved pampering.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has announced that new principals have been selected for four schools.

The appointments were approved at the Friday, Apr. 22 school board meeting.

"I am pleased to see three of our outstanding assistant principals rise to the rank of principal.