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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Brookwood teacher named Educator of the Year

Brookwood High teacher Dana Kling observes and discusses “The Scarlet Letter” student project presentations with his 11th-grade gifted American Literature class. (Special Photo)

Brookwood High teacher Dana Kling observes and discusses “The Scarlet Letter” student project presentations with his 11th-grade gifted American Literature class. (Special Photo)

A Brookwood High American literature teacher who’s been honored three times as a Student and Teacher Achievement Recognition award winner, was recently honored by a national organization.

The National Society of High School Scholars selected Dana Kling as one of 10 teachers from around the country — the only from Georgia — as a 2013 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year. Kling was scheduled to be honored on Saturday at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Gov. Nathan Deal declared Dec. 7 as “National Society of High School Scholars Day” at an event that also included scholarship presentations and panel discussions.

The 10 teachers are among NSHSS’ student-nominated Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction program. The program recognizes educators who model best-in-class practices in teaching, are a positive influence for students and peers, and who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in education.

Kling was nominated by a Brookwood graduate.

“Mr. Kling’s students love his class and love him,” Brookwood Principal Bo Ford said. “He connects with all of his students at a deep level as evidenced by him being named STAR teacher multiple times. I have observed Mr. Kling in the classroom several times only to come away more impressed each time I visit his class.”

Kling was hired at Brookwood in 2003 after he taught language arts for several years in Arizona. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a master’s degree in English Education from the University of Georgia.

Mill Creek High School receives $25,000 grant

Intel and Best Buy awarded a $25,000 grant to Mill Creek High as part of a nationwide training competition hosted by the Intel Retail Edge Program. The program is designed to provide the latest information and education about Intel products to sales representatives through interactive courses, articles, videos, sales tools and real-time Web events. For expanding their knowledge about Intel technology, the Buford Best Buy selected Mill Creek to receive a grant. As part of the program, the Intel Retail Edge Program is awarding $278,000 to 42 local schools in the United States and Canada.

Heritage Night at Duluth Middle

Nearly 500 students, siblings, parents and grandparents attended the sixth-grade Heritage Night at Duluth Middle. Duluth Middle has 2,000 students who represent 63 different countries. The food, native costumes and displays created by students and parents for Heritage Night represented the many different cultures of the Duluth and Gwinnett communities. The sixth grade event was a celebration of students’ learning from their study of the novel “Seed Folks” by Paul Fleischman.

Maxwell High School of Technology gets $2,000 grant

The Maxwell High School of Technology received a $2,000 grant from the Georgia Collision Industry Association board, which will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for the school’s auto collision program.

Peachtree Ridge’s “math-letes”

Peachtree Ridge High’s “math-letes” had a successful trip to the University of Georgia mathematics competition in Athens last month. They finished 18th out of 89 teams and tied the UGA math team. Senior Nitant Dandekar finished 34th out of more than 300 competitors.

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