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Class Notes: 2 teachers receive assistance grants from Georgia Power
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Two public school teachers have each received $1,000 from the New Teacher Assistance Grant program, sponsored by Georgia Power Co.

Scott DeGraff, a special education teacher at Chestatee High School, was recognized at the Monday work session of the Hall County Board of Education, where he was presented with his $1,000 check and a replica Georgia Power bucket truck.

It’s the 10th year for the grant program, according to Georgia Power spokesman Darrell Snyder.

“It’s an extreme honor for us,” Snyder said at the Hall school board work session. “It’s a testament to the Hall County school system for hiring great teachers each year.”

Bryanna Hamby, a pre-kindergarten teacher at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, will be recognized at the Monday meeting of the Gainesville school board.

DeGraff and Hamby are two out of 40 new teachers across the state to receive these grants. Nominations were submitted by Georgia public colleges and universities with schools of education. To be eligible, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

4-year nursing program approved for UNG

The University of North Georgia will add a new bachelor’s degree to its list of studies.

The Board of Regents approved the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, expected to go into effect in August 2014. The program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of experiences such as graduate studies, clinical practice and the required National Council Licensure Examination.

It’s a degree program that’s been nine years in the making, according to Kim Hudson-Gallogly, department head for nursing with the university.

“We’re excited about it,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s going to be a meaningful addition to our university.”

She said many health care institutions are requiring bachelor’s degrees, with research institutes finding the higher the degree earned, the better the patient outcome.

The program will be offered at the university’s Dahlonega campus, and will include clinical experiences in regional health care facilities and community agencies. With this new program in place, the university will phase out the Associate of Science in Nursing program, and the Licensed Practical Nurse bridge program.

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