Debi Goodman of Shallowford Falls Elementary Wins Competition For Innovative Teaching Strategies

Goodman_DebiDebi Goodman, Kindergarten teacher at Shallowford Falls Elementary, is one of two winners in the statewide Innovation in Teaching Competition. Ms. Goodman submitted a detailed application to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, demonstrating how she incorporates literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts throughout her Kindergarten lesson plans. She also proved how her effective instructional strategies have directly resulted in student achievement.

Gov. Nathan Deal named Ms. Goodman one of the two winners, for which she will receive a $2,000 stipend for themselves and $5,000 for Shallowford Falls. Georgia Public Broadcasting will also interview Ms. Goodman and film her as she works with students; the video will be shared with educators and parents throughout Georgia over the next year.

The Innovation in Teaching Competition is funded through a $19.4 million grant created from the state’s Race To The Top plan.