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School board honors Master Teachers, retirees

POSTED: September 26, 2013 5:18 p.m.
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Pictured, left to right, are Schools Superintendent Randy Shearouse, Master Teachers Keeli Wadley, Mark Weese and Connie Carter, and Effingham County Board of Education Chairman Lamar Allen.

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The Effingham County Board of Education recognized new Master Teachers and 2013 school system retirees at its Sept. 19 meeting.

Three Effingham County teachers recently earned Master Teacher certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Connie Carter of South Effingham Middle School, Mark Weese of Ebenezer Middle School and Keeli Wadley of Blandford Elementary School achieved the honor, raising Effingham County’s number of Master Teachers to 16.

The Master Teacher program recognizes full-time certified public school teachers with at least three years of teaching experience in Georgia who consistently demonstrate classroom excellence through gains in student achievement. They must also demonstrate excellence in professional learning, interpersonal skills, classroom management, confidentiality, professional conduct and communication with stakeholders.

Some of the teachers and staff members who retired from the Effingham County School System in 2013 were recognized by the school board. The retirees either were unable to attend the school system’s retirement ceremony in May or decided over the summer to retire.

Those retirees are Linda Oberman, Liz Huggins, James “Buzzy” Bunch, Keith Martin, Altena Garvin, Susan Hunter, Edna Kirksey and Harriet Tillman.

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