A Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy teacher has again received state recognition.

Karen Garland has been named both a Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers’ 2020 Georgia STEM Scholar and a member of the inaugural cohort of the Governor’s School Leadership Academy’s Teacher Leader Support Program. Garland is Clark Creek’s Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the districtwide honor.

The Georgia STEM Scholar Awards recognize outstanding efforts to engage and improve student learning in STEM disciplines. Honorees receive a $500 grant to purchase STEM education materials for their classroom and free admission to the Center’s Summer STEM Institute professional development conference.

Garland will be recognized with her fellow scholars at the Centers’ awards luncheon later this month and by the Cherokee County School Board and superintendent at their meeting March 19.

The Georgia Teacher Leader Support Program is a program for select educators to further develop their teacher-leader skills through professional development and on-site coaching with individualized support and feedback.

Garland was also recently named the the Georgia Science Teachers Association 2020 Teacher of the Year for Elementary Schools and the chair of the Council of Outdoor Learning for the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.

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