At the age of 14, Andrew was blinded in a horrific accident. A teacher at his Fulton County High School suggested he attend the Georgia Academy for the Blind (GAB) in Macon for 11th and 12th grade. This proved to be a decision that would change his life. In 2016, he was the valedictorian of GAB’s graduating class.
Andrew plans to attend Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia, beginning in fall 2016. His dream is to become a math teacher – in fact, he’s forewarned Mr. Gene Collins, one of the math teachers at GAB, that he intends to be “his replacement” very soon!
A scholarship from GFPE is helping Andrew secure the technological advancements necessary for a student with special needs to secure in his educational pursuits and daily life.
“Obstacles in your pathway are not to halt you, but rather to give you traction,” Andrew says. “The difficulties of the past, my blindness, and any other challenges that come my way will not hinder my pursuits. They will only give me traction and speed me on my way.”
To help kids like Andrew, contact Paige Pushkin at email@example.com or (404) 656-5594.
In 2015, GFPE gave $50,000 to the GaDOE Advanced Placement (AP) program to support teacher training and assist low-income students attempting to take and pass AP tests. Results show a 97% graduation rate for students who take just one AP course.
Family friendly partnership
The Georgia Family–Friendly Partnership School Awards are annual awards that recognize Title I schools for their exceptional commitment to fostering welcoming environments that encourage families to become active partners in improving student achievement and success.
Georgia Teacher of the Year
Every year across Georgia, each local school district recognizes a Teacher of the Year. These local winners then compete statewide to be named the Georgia Teacher of the Year. Annually, the GFPE board approves nearly $100,000 in grants to recognize and celebrate these exceptional stories.
Georgia Education Leadership Institute
For the past three years, GFPE has served as the presenting sponsor of this statewide conference for educational leaders. Each local superintendent is encouraged to bring his or her leadership team to the Institute, which serves as a forum for sharing best practices, learning about new educational initiatives, and gaining inspiration.
Join us next year for GELI, September 17-19 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.
Global Workforce Initiative
In 2014, the Foundation budgeted more than $150,000 to support the Georgia Department of Education’s Global Workforce Initiative. This is an effort to ensure Georgia’s students are ready to compete in the global workplace, including a focus on working with businesses and industry to develop meaningful learning experiences for students, ultimately enhancing their advanced language proficiency and cross-cultural competence. As part of this initiative, the Foundation approved $30,000 of scholarships over a two-year period to send high school students to the Federal Service Language Academy at the University of North Georgia.
“I am very impressed with all the results,” one parent said, following their student’s return from the FSLA program. “My son has gotten up extra-early, motivated and ready to get things done…not sure if this is all the result of FSLA or what his teacher or counselor said or modeled, but I feel he had a mini boot camp and is new and improved with a higher GPA to boot. Hey, you can’t beat that!”
“I know he will miss FSLA,” another parent said. “Thank you and this wonderful program for all it has given him and, in turn, my family. It has set him up for bigger possibilities and prepared him from college ahead of schedule. Every parent’s dream!”