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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.

Sequoyah High senior wins prestigious award

Sequoyah High senior wins prestigious award

CANTON, Ga. -- One of the winners of the renowned 2010-2011 Academic All-Star Athlete Award is a senior at Canton's Sequoyah High School.

Sean Lynch had to meet a lengthy list of criteria to receive the award.

Academic All-Star Athletes must be high school seniors with GPAs of at least 3.7; score a passing grade of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams; earn SAT scores of at least 1880 or ACT scores of at least 28; and letter in at least one varsity sport.

Sean earned his varsity letters in cross country and track & field.

The Academic All-Star Athlete Award is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia PTA and Georgia Natural Gas.

Every week, two winners are featured on GPB Television and GPB.

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.

Gwinnett Gladiators give 'bear hug' to Ball Ground Elementary

Gwinnett Gladiators give 'bear hug' to Ball Ground Elementary

BALL GROUND, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Gladiators, Metro Atlanta's minor league ice hockey team, recently gave back to Ball Ground Elementary in a "beary" great way.

In January, several Ball Ground families attended the Gladiators' "Teddy Bear Toss" game against Florida Everblades.

To show their appreciation, the Gladiators visited the Cherokee County school last week with a fantastic gift: 300 stuffed animals for the community.

Ball Ground Elementary principal Doug Knott and Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy Jay Baker assured that the toys, donated by the legion of Gladiator fans, will be put to good use in and around Ball Ground.

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.

Public invited to Cherokee School District meetings

Public invited to Cherokee School District meetings

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga.

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.