Parkview teacher named top adviser to technology students

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently honored Parkview High School teacher Terry Cotton for being named the 2009 Technology Student Association High School Adviser of the Year.

The Georgia Technology Student Association named Cotton the state's top TSA adviser during its 31st Annual National Conference in Denver. The Technology Student Association is the student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology and engineering.

"The credit of winning the Georgia TSA Adviser of the Year title really goes to my students," Cotton said. He referred to the student members of Parkview High's local TSA chapter whose hard work paid off during the 2008-09 school year. Under Cotton's leadership, the TSA members won top honors in several competitions at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Parkview High TSA was the only school in Georgia to have a national winner at the most recent leadership conference.

"Winning the honor of Georgia TSA Adviser of the Year completed a fantastic school year of working with such fine and passionate students," Cotton said. "It made me feel alive and proud to be a teacher that can make a difference in the Parkview community."

Cotton joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 1988 upon completing his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in industrial technology education. He was hired as an industrial technology education teacher at Sweetwater Middle. He also holds a master's degree in technological studies from the University of Georgia.

During the 2008-09 school year, a Parkview High student selected Cotton as Parkview High's Most Inspiring Teacher.

Russell Middle teacher wins grant for project

Russell Middle School's media specialist, Aprille Williams, received a grant from Sonic for a project called "You Be a Film Maker -- Digital Storytelling."

During the month of September, Sonic sponsored the Limeades for Learning project. When customers bought any drink at Sonic, they received a code they could use to vote online for their favorite teacher's project. The projects with the most votes nationwide received funding from Sonic.

Williams' grant proposal received enough votes -- nearly 1,700 -- to be funded. Sonic donated more than $500 in video editing software, which will be used in the school's media center and new Windstream Computer Lab.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.