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Seven Fulton teachers earn 2014 Georgia 'master teacher' status



June 25, 2014
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Fulton County School System now includes seven additional "master teachers" among their teaching cadre who have completed the rigorous Master Teacher Certification Program. Educators from North Fulton schools include Susan Ali-Ahmad from Lake Windward Elementary School, Charlotte Melhorn Hayes from Findley Oaks Elementary School and Gail Ritchie from Haynes Bridge Middle School.

"This is great news for Fulton County Schools and for our teachers. It shows that they are recognized for their efforts to excel and for being a top performer," said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa. "I'm really proud to see our district consistently make this list of excellent teachers."

Fulton Schools now has 117 master teachers among its ranks – the most of any school system in Georgia. In all, the state has certified only 842 educators since the program began in 2005 to recognize those teachers who have significantly influenced student achievement in the classroom and consistently demonstrated excellence.

Georgia's Master Teacher Certification Program is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and is based on classroom performance on assessments, documentation of student growth and exemplary professional practices. Superior teachers are designated as "master teachers" for a period of seven years. 

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