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Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy’s Karen Garland has earned a competitive scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. She is one of only 40 K-12 teachers from across the country to win the CHS Foundation scholarship based on their desire to learn more innovative ways to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science and social studies and more. The conference in June in Arkansas features workshops and classroom instruction demonstrations and the opportunity to network with fellow educators.

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been selected to serve on a statewide science education board.

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy science lab teacher Karen Garland was tapped to serve on the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia’s Board as its Council of Outdoor Learning chair.

“Her knowledge and understanding of the Council’s purpose and history will be instrumental to many of the new board members as they advance,” Principal Joey Moss said of the honor, noting Garland has previously been selected to serve on the statewide board.

Earlier this school year, Garland was named one of CCSD’s four Teacher of the Year finalists and is a past Department of Natural Resources’ Georgia Conservation Teacher of the Year and Georgia Department of Education Science Ambassador, among her many honors.

Garland joined CCSD seven years ago after a career as an environmental educator for the Chattahoochee Nature Center and Georgia Conservancy.

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