Fran Bollinger, fourth grade teacher at Sedalia Park Elementary, has been named Georgia’s Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Educator for 2008. The award, sponsored by the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, was presented during the annual conference on October 23rd, in Athens, GA.
Fran’s principal, colleagues, students and their parents all agree that Fran is a teacher leader, who “models lifelong learning for her peers and students.” Wrote one parent, “Mrs. Bollinger took a student with an interest in history and turned it into a passion for history…she makes everyday learning exciting and different….through all of these activities it is her true love for learning [that] engages her students into her lessons.”
Not only does Fran build her own and her students’ knowledge, she also contributes to the profession, district, and state by presenting at conferences, serving on the Georgia CRCT item review panel, and helping to train teachers on the new Social Studies Georgia Performance Standards. She participated in an NEH Summer Institute on Benjamin Franklin and then brought that knowledge back to Cobb County. That same summer she participated in the Cobb Landmarks Summer Heritage workshop, “Talking Walls,” and now serves on their Education and Programs Committee to help them develop their traveling exhibits.
JoAnn Wood, Elementary Social Studies Supervisor for Cobb County Schools, sums up Fran’s contributions this way: “Her tireless search to grow her own knowledge and skills is a model for professional development. Her utter devotion to her students and their learning is inspiring.”