Two Richmond County teachers are among 86 across Georgia who have earned "Master Teacher" certification, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal's office.
Linda Jo Fountain is a fourth- and fifth-grade math and science teacher at Roy E. Rollins Elementary, and Tiffani D. Leverett is a fifth-grade math teacher at Terrace Manor Elementary.
This is yet another honor for Fountain, who last month was one of 85 teachers nationwide to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
"I am proud of Georgia's Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state's goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom," Deal said in the news release. "Georgia continues to make tremendous strides in improving educational opportunities for our students, and I am unwavering in my support of the critical link between effective teachers and student achievement."
The Master Teacher Certification Program was established in 2005 and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, documentation of student growth and exemplary professional practices, superior teachers are designated as Master Teachers for seven years, the governor's press office said.
"The 2011 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learnig," said Kelly Henson, executive secretary for the Professional Standards Commission, in the news release. "The Professional Standards Commission, along with their schools and communities, recognize and celebrate their accomplishments."
Master Teachers are eligible to automatically renew their teaching certificates as long as they continue to qualify for Master Teacher status. For more information on the Master Teacher program, visit www.gamasterteachers.org.