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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett BOE honors Lanier technology teacher

Michael Reilly, left, who leads Lanier’s Center for Design and Technology, or CDAT is working with a student at the school. (Special Photo)

Michael Reilly, left, who leads Lanier’s Center for Design and Technology, or CDAT is working with a student at the school. (Special Photo)

A Lanier High teacher who has become a leader and pioneer among Gwinnett County teachers in the areas of computers and technology was recently recognized for being selected for a national award.

The Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, was awarded to Michael Reilly, who leads Lanier’s Center for Design and Technology, or CDAT. Reilly helps the students learn technology through project-based learning, professional production techniques, modern media programming and software development.

The Educator Award is presented to teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing. Reilly received an engraved commemorative award, up to $1,000 of expense reimbursement for computing-related professional development, and a laptop provided by AT&T and Dell.

Reilly joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2005 and taught computer science at North Gwinnett High. In 2010, he joined the inaugural faculty at Lanier High.

Reilly, who previously worked in corporate America, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Michael’s College and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Michigan.

Brookwood High Science Olympiad team wins state again

The Brookwood High Science Olympiad team won its fourth consecutive state championship. The team earned medals in 11 events and averaged fifth place overall for the 21 scored events. Brookwood and the second place team from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology will represent Georgia at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Central Florida in May in Orlando.

Toyota gives to Norcross Boys and Girls Club

The A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club in Norcross is a recipient of a donation from Toyota Financial Services as one of 35 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country that will receive a combined $500,000.

Toyota officials said they donate to Boys & Girls Clubs because the clubs encourage high school graduation and college readiness, and help youth develop academic, behavioral and social skills to be successful. They said a recent survey showed 97 percent of Boys & Girls Club teens expect to graduate from high school, and 28 percent said they would have dropped out without the Club’s influence.

Toyota has established a “Diplomas to Degrees” program to support the academic success of thousands of Boys & Girls Clubs teens. This donation will help Clubs supplement their current programs, offer support for Club operations and increase their capacity to serve more youth.

Lanier, Grayson students honored at United Way Women’s Legacy Awards Gala

At the United Way 10th Women’s Legacy Awards Gala, Kristin Nicole Townley of Lanier High was honored as a 2014 Rising Star in the “Time” category. Sarah Henning of Grayson High was honored as a 2014 Rising Star in the “Talent” category. Both students were recognized as youth who have made an impact in the community through service, leadership, and volunteerism.

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