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A large number of educators in Macon County are products of the school system themselves. In a survey sent to all 650 Macon County school system employees, 51 employees responded verifying that while they are currently employed in the district, they also attended school in the district.

The voluntary survey was sent via email to all 650 employees and asked if the employee had attended school in Macon County before becoming employed. In addition to having a love and dedication to educating the future generations, educators who are also products of the school system have an extra invested interest in the community because they are connected here.

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Franklin resident Sarah Lowell of Cartoogechaye Elementary School will be honored as the Southern District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at its national convention in Charlotte, April 23-27. The Southern District represents 13 states from Virginia to Texas.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Lowell believes that, “all students can learn. It is my responsibility as a teacher to know and accommodate the different learning styles of students. I make a conscious effort to incorporate a multitude of teaching styles, organizational techniques, and grouping strategies to maximize student achievement while accommodating individual learning styles.”

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Students from Cartoogechaye, East Franklin, and Iotla Valley Elementary schools got a treat on Tuesday when a representative from King Arthur Flour Company joined the them in the gym of the Iotla Valley School to teach those in attendance how to bake bread through its Life Skills Bread Baking Program.

“The Life Skills Program has three goals: learn, bake, share,” said Life Skills Program Manager, Paula Gray. “The cross-curricular program includes math, science, reading, following directions, and more. Baking is a practical application of those skills and students are eager to use and share their newfound knowledge by baking for others.

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Macon Early College (MEC) hosted its annual Civil War Expo on Mar. 14, MEC teacher, Meghan Reynolds has required her United States history class to do a research project every year focusing on a part of the Civil War, such as a battle, person, or societal event. Each student chooses a topic that interests them and then they are required to write a research paper, create a PowerPoint presentation, and then create an “artifact” that represents their Civil War topic, all culminating with the Civil War Expo. The students then gather in the lobby of MEC with their presentation boards and/or “artifacts” and engage passers-by in conversation about their chosen topics. The person, whether it is a student or not, then fills out a questionnaire describing the presentation and the presenter's performance.

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