GOOD NEWS: Duncan Creek's Ellett honored

HOSCHTON -- Jackie Ellet, a fine arts specialist at Duncan Creek Elementary, was named by the National Art Education Association as the organization's 2012 Southeastern Art Educator of the Year.

The program recognizes the outstanding service of educators, focuses professional attention on quality art education and exemplary art educators, and increases public awareness of the importance of quality art education.

Earlier this year, she was honored at the state level as the 2012 Georgia Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year.

Ellet helped open Duncan Creek Elementary in 2004, and has dedicated 26 years of service to Gwinnett schoolchildren.

She joined the school district in 1986 as a teacher at Rockbridge Elementary. She holds four degrees -- undergraduate, master's, specialist's, and doctoral -- all in art education from the University of Georgia.

Berkmar Middle student honored at Georgia Tech game

LILBURN -- Berkmar Middle student Jessica Pham was honored by Georgia Tech's women's basketball team for reading nearly 10,000 pages during the annual "Jacket 2 Jacket" reading program.

Pham earned the highest place for a seventh-grade reader and received halftime recognition at the Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn game on Dec. 16. In addition, she got an autographed poster from the Georgia Tech team and two tickets to the Dec. 16 game.

The "Jacket 2 Jacket" program recognizes individuals from each grade level with the highest individual total number of pages read, the highest class total, and the highest school total.

For more information, visit www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/w-baskbl/Jacket2Jacket.html.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.