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Parkview High's Patrick named top Latin teacher

The Georgia Classical Association selected a Gwinnett County Public Schools educator as its teacher of the year.

Robert Patrick, a Latin teacher at Parkview High, was selected for the organization's top honor during the annual Junior Classical League Convention, which took place this spring.

In selecting Patrick, the organization took notice that he is known as a leader not only in Gwinnett, but also across the nation. He also stands out among his peers in terms of sound pedagogical practices and evidence of ongoing professional growth.

Patrick recently completed his sixth year as a Gwinnett teacher. He joined the school district in 2005 and has been at Parkview ever since.

He earned his bachelor's degree in Biblical literature (Greek and Hebrew) from Oral Roberts University, a master of divinity degree in theology and pastoral studies from Emory University, and his doctoral degree in Latin and classics from the University of Florida.

Patrick also is a National Board Certified Teacher in world languages.

North Gwinnett High students earn study abroad scholarship

Three students from North Gwinnett High earned study abroad scholarships that will allow them to spend more than a week this summer in France.

Juniors Lizzie Clark and Alicia Howard and sophomore Amanda Wall will spend July 4 to 14 in the French immersion program.

This has been a significant school year for Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher Rhonda Archer, who teaches French in North Gwinnett High's foreign language department. Under her leadership, her school has participated in an exchange program, the Academie Nancy-Metz -- Georgia Department of Education French Partnership Program. North Gwinnett High is one seven Georgia schools participating.

The goal of the program is to support the teaching and the learning of the two languages and respective cultures, facilitate teacher exchanges associated with the project, promote administrator exchanges to facilitate a better knowledge of each educational system, and provide the teachers of Georgia and the Academy of Nancy-Metz the opportunity for professional learning opportunities.

The Consulate of France in Atlanta presented the North Gwinnett High students with their awards after they won a competition about solutions to environmental issues. Clark, Howard and Wall were among the top seven students in the competition, securing them the scholarships.

The students will first enjoy the sites of Paris before studying the environment in the immersion program in La Rochelle, France.

Good News From Schools appears Sunday in the Gwinnett Daily Post.