(WTVM) - Seven teachers from the Muscogee County School District are going to Harvard thanks to the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation's Harvard Fellows Program.
Victoria Andras from Hardaway High, Bruce Fussell from Allen Elementary, Margaret Hines from Wynnton Elementary, Karlyn McConnell from Columbus High, Kim Lester from St. Elmo Center, Laura Perryman from Blackmon Road Middle, and Wendy Sands from Richards Middle will attend Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in summer 2015.
"It's basically allowing teachers to go to Harvard to learn new techniques and learn new ideas to do a better job on teaching our students," Perryman explained in an interview with News Leader 9.
Each teacher will attend
Project Zero Classroom
where they will spend four days with world-renowned scholars and innovative teachers from around the world. Harvard Fellows will further enhance their knowledge and expertise to recognize and develop students' multiple intellectual strengths; encourage students to think critically and creatively; and assess student work in ways that deepen learning.
"The Harvard Fellows Program is another fantastic project where we are rewarding and recognizing excellent teachers," stated MEEF Chair Betsy Covington in a press release. "But it goes beyond just recognizing and rewarding to maximizing MEEF's investment in these teachers. Harvard Fellows bring back what they learn at Harvard and share it with dozens of teachers, impacting thousands of lives."
The teachers were selected from the pool of MCSD Top 10 honorees from the last 10 years. A selection committee made up of community and educational leaders reviewed the applications and selected teachers to attend.