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Good News From Schools: 3 Gwinnett educators win awards

Three Gwinnett County Public Schools educators have recently received prestigious awards.

· Gwinnett County Online Campus teacher Gabrille Bray was honored with the Excellence in Online Teaching Award from eCollege, the nation's leading provider of comprehensive eLearning technology and services to educators.

The Excellence in Online Teaching Award recognizes instructors who create superior online content, develop highly engaging learning and form collaborative learning relationships with students.

Bray is the social studies lead instructional teacher for Gwinnett's online campus. She uses innovative teaching strategies in economics, continually looking for ways to improve students' understanding in the subject, according to the school district.

Bray joined GCPS in 1997 as a social studies teacher at Berkmar High, where she was selected as the 2002 Berkmar High Teacher of the Year.

· Collins Hill High Spanish teacher and 2003 GCPS Teacher of the Year Judson Bridges was recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese as Georgia's High School Spanish Teacher of the Year.

Bridges serves as Collins Hill High's foreign language department chair. A University of Georgia graduate, he holds bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees in foreign language education.

· Phoenix High mathematics teacher and 2007 GCPS High School Teacher of the Year Matthew Winking was honored with the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an annual award presented by the White House to leading math and science teachers.

Winking was part of a group of 99 educators from across the country honored in the nation's capital. A panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommend teachers for the Presidential Awards.