GOODNEWS: Three art teachers honored

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently honored and thanked three veteran teachers for their service to the community after their work was highlighted by the state's professional art education organization.

Earlier in the school year, Duncan Creek Elementary Art Teacher Jackie Ellett was named the 2012 Georgia Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year, while Bruce Bowman and Debi West, both art educators at North Gwinnett High, were selected as the National Art Honor Society Outstanding Sponsors of the Year.

The Georgia Art Education Association selected Ellett as the 2012 Georgia Art Association Art Educator of the Year, honoring her service and contributions to the profession. Ellett helped open her current school in 2004, but has dedicated more than two decades of service to Gwinnett children since joining the district in 1986 at Rockbridge Elementary.

The organization also recognized Bowman and West of North Gwinnett High. The organization presents sponsor award to recognize outstanding achievement, contributions and service to the field of art education.

Bowman came to Gwinnett in 2006. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia. West joined GCPS about 20 years ago as an art teacher at Sugar Hill Elementary. He holds a specialist's degree in art education from the University of Georgia.

All three teachers received their awards at the 2011 GAEA Fall Professional Learning Conference.Snellville Commerce Club accepting scholarship applicationsSNELLVILLE -- Applications are being accepted from seniors at South Gwinnett and Brookwood high schools for the Snellville Commerce Club's FBLA/DECA scholarships.

The club will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student from each school at its meeting on May 1.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be active participants in their school's Future Business Leaders of America or DECA programs, have good grades and have been engaged in some form of community service.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, books or program supplies. Complete qualification requirements and a downloadable application can be found on the Commerce Club website at http://www.snellvillecommerceclub.org/FBLADECA.html. Applications should be submitted by April 2.

The Snellville Commerce Club is the business marketing organization of Snellville Tourism & Trade. The club meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of the month at Snellville City Hall.

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