GOOD NEWS: Local teacher is top social studies educator

Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts

SUWANEE -- A statewide organization has selected a local educator as Georgia's top social studies teacher.

The Georgia Council for the Social Studies honored Scott Roberts, the school district's social studies program specialist, as the recipient of its 2012 Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award.

The accolade annually recognizes a Georgia social studies educator for his or her leadership and service to the subject area.

Roberts joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2001 as a social studies teacher at Summerour Middle School. He later taught at Dacula Middle and currently serves as the social studies program specialist in the Division of Teaching and Learning at the district's Instructional Support Center in Suwanee.

Roberts earned his doctoral degree in social studies education from the University of Georgia. He also holds a specialist's degree in instruction from Piedmont College, a master's degree in information technology from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in social studies from UGA.Sweetwater students get grantLAWRENCEVILLE -- Sweetwater Middle Players had the opportunity to produce Disney's "Beauty and the Beast Jr." with a grant from iTheatrics of New York.

The grant also funded participation in the Junior Theater Festival for the school's advanced theater students.

Theater of the Stars, the Junior Theater Festival is the largest festival dedicated to young people and musical theater. The Junior Theater Festival brings together students, teachers and Broadway professionals to celebrate outstanding student musical theater production.

Groups have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops lead by Broadway and West End professionals, meet celebrities, participate in professional development and attend a world-class professional production.

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