Deaf Association honors Berkmar teacher

LILBURN - A Berkmar High School teacher who helped lead the school last year to the National Deaf Academic Bowl has been selected as the Georgia Association of the Deaf Teacher of the Year.

Greg Owen, a special needs teacher, was honored in July during the association's conference in Savannah, according to the Georgia Association of the Deaf's Web site.

"Greg is an asset to the deaf and hard-of-hearing program in Gwinnett," said Eva Parks, the school district's deaf and hard-of-hearing coordinator. "He is a true role model for the students in our program. We are so proud of him. He truly deserves the recognition for all of his hard work."

Under Owen's leadership, Berkmar High was selected as the first public school to host the regional Deaf Academic Bowl. After placing second in the regional competition, Berkmar's team made its first appearance at the National Deaf Academic Bowl.

Gwinnett County Public Schools first established the deaf and hard-of-hearing program in 1978, and it currently serves more than 200 students at more than 60 schools.

The program is designed to challenge students to overcome their disability to become lifelong learners and to have access to all educational information and social interactions, said Jorge Quintana, a school district spokesman.