GNTC’s Graceful Beam Completes 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience

Friday, July 25, 2014
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia presents Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management at GNTC, with a certificate for participating in the Georgia Master Teacher Experience.
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia presents Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management at GNTC, with a certificate for participating in the Georgia Master Teacher Experience.

Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management, was the Georgia Northwestern Technical College representative for the first annual Georgia Master Teacher Experience; an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange. 

The event took place at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville. It is designed as an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers. Approximately 40 instructors from technical colleges throughout Georgia gathered for the inaugural event.

“The strength of this experience is in the support that each teacher receives from the other teachers that have gathered from throughout the state,” said Summer Washington, director of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience.

“The week-long exchange of ideas and collaboration develops a network that can be taken back to individual colleges to improve teaching and learning.”

Participants gain cross-disciplinary experiences and have the opportunity to teach and learn from academic, healthcare, business, professional and industry instructors. The experience exposes instructors to best practices in a multitude of disciplines, bringing fresh solutions to many problems faced in different fields of study.

The event was created as a result of SWGTC’s Quality Enhancement Plan Southwest Georgia Technical College representatives attended the Alabama Master Teacher Experience in 2012 and following direct training and support from Kristy White, AMTE Director, they worked with state leaders to bring the event to Georgia.  

“Georgia was long overdue in joining the many states that offer a Master Teacher Experience and we are proud to have developed the first,” said Ms. Washington.






Cleveland State Host 8th Annual Multicultural Fair

Cleveland State Community College hosted its eighth annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday. The fair, designed to celebrate the different cultures, featured a colorful parade of nations, international studies information, booths featuring different nationalities, and culturally based entertainment, including the St. Therese Spanish Youth Dancers, Mawre and Company African Dance ... (click for more)

Baylor Community Service Group Leaves For Jamaica

Ten service-minded Baylor students left this week to travel to Jamaica over spring break, where they will work in the squatter community of Ferry, an orphanage in Kingston, the Home for the Aged, and primary schools in Kingston.  This year’s group includes James Atkins, Natalie Becker, Erin Blalock, Kathryn Cash, Caroline Combs, Natalie Javadi, Ansley McWilliams, Kate Probasco, ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Tn., Production Company Owner Charged With Defrauding Church Of God International Of $100,000

The head of a Cleveland, Tn., production company has been charged with defrauding the Cleveland-based Church of God International of $100,000 in connection with his part in setting up the church's world convention in Orlando, Fla., in 2010. Troy Scot Carter was charged by federal authorities with securities fraud. A four-page criminal information says the church hired Carter ... (click for more)

City Set To Commission $200,000 Mural On MLK Boulevard By Famed Muralist Meg Saligman; Foundations To Cover Cost

The city is set to commission a $200,000 mural on the side of the AT&T Building on MLK Boulevard by famed muralist Meg Saligman. Ms. Saligman has created over 50 murals all over the world, including one called  "Fertile Ground" that is 32,500 square feet in Omaha, Neb. Her most famous mural is "Common Threads" on the west wall of the Stevens Administrative Center ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sunday Funnies

They say March roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. So as you reach for your lambs-wool sweater on this last Sunday of the month, allow me to lighten up a bit with a new edition of my Sunday Funnies. I have a delightful crowd that keeps me supplied in jokes and these are some of the best that have come my way: A WOMAN'S PERFECT BREAKFAST -- She's sitting at the table ... (click for more)