Rachel Willis in Atlanta, Kelly Stopp in Norcross, Ga., and Gresham Brown in Greenville, S.C., were honored Monday. The three won $25,000 prizes from the California-based Milken Family Foundation.
Willis is a third-grade teacher at Morningside Elementary in Atlanta. Stopp is a second-grade teacher at Meadowcreek Elementary in Gwinnett County.
Brown is a fourth-grade teacher at Stone Academy in Greenville. He is known for playing his guitar during lessons.
The awards are given each year in states across the country to help attract, retain and motivate talented educators. The winners will go to Los Angeles in the spring for the Milken Educator Forum to discuss effective teaching methods.
Since the foundation began giving out the awards in 1987, more than 2,500 educators have been honored.