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Riverside Elementary teacher honored for dedication to gifted children

Marion Sebastian, right, who works at Riverside Elementary in Suwanee part-time, was recently presented with the Georgia Association for Gifted Children’s Margaret Bynum Award for outstanding contributions to gifted children in Georgia. (Special Photo)

Marion Sebastian, right, who works at Riverside Elementary in Suwanee part-time, was recently presented with the Georgia Association for Gifted Children’s Margaret Bynum Award for outstanding contributions to gifted children in Georgia. (Special Photo)

Even in retirement, Marion Sebastian continues to collect awards.

Sebastian, who works at Riverside Elementary in Suwanee part-time, was recently presented with the Georgia Association for Gifted Children’s Margaret Bynum Award for outstanding contributions to gifted children in Georgia.

The award is named after the first state consultant in gifted education and for the Governor’s Honors Program.

Sebastian began her three-decade career with GCPS in 1977 as a fifth-grade teacher at Peachtree Elementary after previous stints in Arkansas and DeKalb County. She’s a 10-time Teacher of the Year as she went on to work at Berkeley Lake Elementary and Riverside.

She retired from GCPS in 2005, but continues to serve Riverside Elementary children as a part-time gifted education teacher.

She was also recognized by the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, the National Association for Gifted Children and was the Georgia Elementary Science Teacher of the Year.

During her career, she served as the president of the Georgia and Gwinnett organizations that support gifted education. She also was president of the board for the Future Problem Solving Program, an academic competition serving thousands of students in Georgia. She served as an evaluator of student competitions at the state and international levels and participated as a member of a Gifted Education Delegation to Russia.

Sebastian earned a specialist’s degree, a master’s degree in education from Georgia State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree also in education from Henderson University.