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Governor recognizes Locust Grove teacher
by Christine Fonville
September 05, 2013 04:14 PM | 3190 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Nathan Deal honored a Unity Grove Elementary first-grade teacher, Amanda Cavin, last Tuesday for winning a spot in the first round of the statewide Innovation in Teaching competition.

Deal said Cavin and two teachers from Camden and Fannin counties are “among the most creative and effective teachers in our state.”

For excellence in teaching English language arts and math, Cavin will receive a $2,000 stipend and the Locust Grove school will receive a $5,000 grant.

Georgia Public Broadcasting will film Cavin teaching in her classroom during the 2013-14 semester.

The video and supplemental materials will be provided to other teachers and parents.

Cavin said part of the application for the competition required her to provide background on her teaching career, evidence of student achievement in her classroom and a sample lesson plan she has used with her students.

“This is a huge honor,” Cavin said in a statement, “and I am honored to be able to share this with many people who also deserve credit for giving me the opportunity to do what I do each day.”

One of those leaders whom Cavin mentioned as an inspiration, school Anne Wilson, said, “Cavin truly maximizes student potential and engagement.”

“Her ability to excel in creating an academically challenging environment where students are responsible for setting and learning goals is one of [Cavin’s] strengths,” Wilson said.

Cavin said incorporating technology into her classroom was important in her curriculum.

She has been able to teach students in her class with iPads thanks to her involvement with a math innovations grant the county received.

Before working as a first-grade teacher at the school, Cavin taught special needs pre-kindergarten.

“My past experiences as a teacher and future achievements are all a result of the leadership and opportunities shown to me by my principal and my co-workers who have all helped me get to where I am,” she said.

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