Georgia Power marks renewed STEM partnership
ATLANTA — Georgia Power and the world-renowned Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta continue to provide new skills and training for Georgia educators through the annual PowerED Fellows program. PowerED Fellows, funded by The Georgia Power Foundation Inc., receive a three-day professional developmental experience at the Ron Clark Academy focused on STEM-related best practices in teaching and student engagement to prepare the workforce of the future. Since the beginning of this partnership four years ago, more than 250 fellows from more than 85 Georgia schools have completed the training.
This month, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Ron Clark Academy, The Georgia Power Foundation announced its continued commitment to the program. The renewed partnership includes an additional $500,000 in funding for the PowerED Fellows program over the next three years and $250,000 in funding towards the Academy’s capital campaign to extend its facility with a performing arts center and additional space for more teachers to participate in world-class training programs.
“The Georgia Power Foundation is honored to work with the Ron Clark Academy to help our state’s educators stay at the forefront of STEM education and we congratulate all of the teachers who have completed the PowerED Fellows program,” said Rita Breen, executive director of the Georgia Power Foundation.
Educators selected in the West Division include Inez Wiggins, Sumter County Middle School; Niashsache Perry, Sumter County Middle School; Anton Anthony, Sumter County Middle School; Afrose Arshi, Americus-Sumter High School; Marnie Dutcher, Americus-Sumter High School; and Pushpa Rajan, Americus-Sumter High School.
Georgia Power’s commitment to education spans its more than 100-year history and is emphasized companywide. The company offers free resources for educators including interactive diagrams, an online energy calculator, access to power plant tours and more. Other efforts to enhance and improve education in Georgia include partnerships with groups such as Junior Achievement and assistance grants for new teachers awarded annually across the state. For more information about Georgia Power’s initiatives and programs, visit www.georgiapower.com/education.