Georgia Power, Ron Clark Academy Celebrate Renewed STEM Partnership

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. commits additional $750,000 to Ron Clark Academy.

Georgia Power (a division of Southern Company No. 44 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) and the world-renowned Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta continue to provide new skills and training for Georgia educators through the annual PowerED Fellows program.


PowerED Fellows, funded by The Georgia Power Foundation Inc., receive a three-day professional developmental experience at the Ron Clark Academy focused on STEM-related best practices in teaching and student engagement to prepare the workforce of the future. Since the beginning of this partnership four years ago, more than 250 fellows from more than 85 Georgia schools have completed the training.

This month, in conjunction with the 1oth anniversary of the Ron Clark Academy, The Georgia Power Foundation announced its continued commitment to the program. The renewed partnership includes an additional $500,000 in funding for the PowerED Fellows program over the next three years and $250,000 in funding towards the Academy's capital campaign to extend its facility with a performing arts center and additional space for more teachers to participate in world-class training programs.

"The Georgia Power Foundation is honored to work with the Ron Clark Academy to help our state's educators stay at the forefront of STEM education and we congratulate all of the teachers who have completed the PowerED Fellows program," said Rita Breen, executive director of the Georgia Power Foundation. "Ensuring that our teachers have the tools and resources they need to prepare and empower Georgia students for future careers is one piece of our commitment to improving education in the state and we look forward to bringing more teachers to the Ron Clark Academy through this exciting program."

2017 PowerED Fellows include:

Central Region

  • Julia Daniely, Bibb County (Westside High School)
  • Dr. Sherri Flagg, Bibb County (Weaver Middle School)
  • Scott Kingsley, Bibb County (Westside High School)
  • Scott Robinson, Bibb County (Westside High School)
  • Marion Simmons, Bibb County (Weaver Middle School)
  • Kelly Tucker, Bibb County (Weaver Middle School)

Coastal Region

  • Nicole Mahony, Glynn County (Jane Macon Middle School)
  • Maggie Grange, Glynn County (Jane Macon Middle School)
  • Elizabeth Guest Jane, Glynn County (Jane Macon Middle School)
  • Chandra Moran, Glynn County (Brunswick High School)
  • Cathy Pittman, Glynn County (Brunswick High School)
  • Shonta Butts, Glynn County (Brunswick High School)

East Region

  • Juliet King, Columbia County (Evans Middle School)
  • Olivia Burns, Columbia County (Evans Middle School)
  • Ashley Bowles, Columbia County (Evans Middle School)
  • Eloisae Patterson, Columbia County (Evans High School)
  • Michael Johnson, Columbia County (Evans High School)
  • Tiffanie Douglas, Columbia County (Evans High School)

Metro Atlanta

  • Andre Weaver, DeKalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Jeffery DesDune, DeKalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Keith Jones, DeKalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Nedra Robinson, Dekalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Derrica Davis, Dekalb County (Columbia High School)
  • Hetal Raval, DeKalb County Schools (Columbia High School)
  • Dominique Bullock, DeKalb County Schools (Columbia High School)
  • Eric Collins, Douglas County (Mason Creek Middle School)
  • Christy Gragg, Douglas County (Mason Creek Middle School)
  • Leslie Green, Douglas County (Mason Creek Middle School)
  • Tanya Flynn, Douglas County (Douglas County High School)
  • Marvalane Ivey, Douglas County (Douglas County High School)
  • Shelley Reed, Fulton County Schools (Holcomb Bridge Middle School)
  • Andy Stein, Fulton County (Holcomb Bridge Middle School)
  • Clay Thomason, Fulton County (Holcomb Bridge Middle School)
  • Shawna Reaves, Henry County (Stockbridge Middle School)
  • Crishanta Williams, Henry County Schools (Stockbridge Middle School)
  • Batavia Domingue-Yost, Henry County (Stockbridge High School)
  • Sheila Midgette, Henry County (Stockbridge High School)
  • Batavia Domingue-Yost, Henry County (Stockbridge High School)
  • Julissa Forbes, Henry County (Stockbridge Middle School)

Northeast Region

  • Mindee Dunagan, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Carol Jordan, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Jessica Caldwell, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Mack Baldwin, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Sandford Cederbaum, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Susie Johnson, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)
  • Lauren Carlson, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)
  • Melissa Paul, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)
  • Mike Weis, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)

Northwest Region

  • Natalie Dyer, Rome City Schools (Rome Middle School)
  • Parke Wilkinson, Rome City Schools (Rome Middle School)
  • Karen Ehrler, Rome City Schools (Rome High School)
  • Dr. Eric L. Holland, Rome City Schools (Rome High School)
  • Sarah Brown, Rome City Schools (Rome High School)

South Region

  • Samuel Clemons, Lowndes County (Pine Grove Middle)
  • Luva Herman, Lowndes County (Pine Grove Middle School)
  • Sandy Alcidone, Lowndes County (Pine Grove Middle School)
  • Janet Hendley, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)
  • Becky Martin, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)
  • Andrea Inman, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)
  • Rebecca Martin, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)

West Region

  • Inez Wiggins, Sumter County (Sumter County Middle School)
  • Niashsache Perry, Sumter County Schools (Sumter County Middle School)
  • Anton Anthony, Sumter County Schools (Sumter County Middle School)
  • Afrose Arshi, Sumter County Schools (Americus-Sumter High School)
  • Marnie Dutcher, Sumter County Schools (Americus-Sumter High School)
  • Pushpa Rajan, Sumter County Schools (Americus-Sumter High School)

Georgia Power's commitment to education spans its more than 100-year history and is emphasized companywide. The company offers free resources for educators including interactive diagrams, an online energy calculator, access to power plant tours and more. Other efforts to enhance and improve education in Georgia include partnerships with groups such as Junior Achievement and assistance grants for new teachers awarded annually across the state.

For more information about Georgia Power's initiatives and programs, visit www.georgiapower.com/education.

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