25 from Gwinnett named as master teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE - The office of Gov. Sonny Perdue announced on Friday the Georgia Professional Standards Commission has named 199 Georgia public school teachers, including 25 from Gwinnett County Public Schools, as the state's first master teachers.

Gwinnett has the highest number of master teachers. Douglas County follows with 11 master teachers, and Clayton County has the third highest number with 10 teachers.

Sloan Roach, the Gwinnett schools spokeswoman, said the system will be looking for ways to honor the teachers.

"As a system, we're very proud of these teachers and the fact that they have been recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom," Roach said.

Each of the master teachers had to show evidence of student learning gains through standardized tests or national, local or school-level measures, a press release from Perdue's office said. The teachers' principals also had to verify the teachers met basic professionalism standards.

The master teachers are eligible to become academic coaches, who will mentor other teachers, the press release said. Academic coaches can also induct new teachers, analyze student achievement data, make recommendations for school improvement and implement the Georgia Performance Standards Curriculum.

The Professional Standards Commission will accept applications for the second class of master teachers from November to January. The applications will be available in early October.