Columbus State Alum a Finalist for 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Christine Powell, a teacher at Northside High School in Columbus and a graduate of Columbus State University, has been named one of 10 finalists for 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Powell, who earned a master's in education from CSU in 2005, teaches journalism, art history and literature at Northside High School.

The 10 finalists were chosen from a pool of 154 applicants who were selected as Teacher of the Year in their school districts. The applications were read by a panel of judges that included teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses.

Over the next several weeks, a panel of judges will observe and interview each of the finalists. The finalists will also give a speech at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power on April 1. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet on May 6, 2011, at the Georgia World Congress Center. The banquet, paid for through donations from sponsors, will honor each local district Teacher of the Year. A reception hosted by United Healthcare will be held prior to the banquet.

The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation is rallying to support Powell in a variety of ways, in keeping with their mission of supporting, recognizing and rewarding exceptional teachers in our area.


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