The Ron Clark Academy and Promethean Announce Winners of Thank A Teacher Contest
Two Teachers Recognized for Their Passion, Energy and Commitment to Students
ATLANTA, GA (May 9, 2012) –The Ron Clark Academy (RCA) and Promethean presented Amanda Morris from Tarboro, North Carolina and Donna Porter from Picayune, Mississippi with the 2012 Thank A Teacher Award. Morris and Porter were selected out of hundreds of nominees from around the country.
Both teachers were given a two-day, all expense paid trip to attend the RCA Educator Training Program. Their best teaching practices and stories about how they are inspiring students will be shared with millions of educators on Promethean Planet.
Amanda Morris’ motto, “Go the Distance,” is known by peers, students and her family. She was nominated for doing “whatever it takes to motivate her students!” Including eating live worms to reward her students for increasing scores on state assessments, and dressing-up like a pop-star and singing original songs to keep students motivated.
Donna Porter’s nomination from a former student started with “ninety seconds changed my life.” The student continued with a heart-felt story about how she didn’t give-up on him or any other students. And, how her charm and keen understanding helped motivate them to stay in school, graduate and continue on to college.
“Great teachers know how to touch the hearts and minds of their students. They inspire and challenge them to reach higher and do whatever they set their minds to. It is truly a pleasure to recognize Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Morris for their years of service and give them an opportunity to continue to build their skills with the amazing teaching team at The Ron Clark Academy,” said Jim Marshall, President, Promethean North America.
Photos and essays from a number of the Thank A Teacher nominees are posted online at
- Promethean Thank A Teacher Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThankATeache
- The Ron Clark Academy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RCAcademy
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The Ron Clark Academy is a highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school in Atlanta that promotes innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of discipline. Our goal is to extend our reach beyond our student body by having an impact upon students everywhere. Each year, thousands of educators from around the world participate in our Educator Training Programs to learn how to replicate the school’s style, philosophy and success in their own schools. The Academy currently relies on outside funding for its academic and educator training programs. www.RonClarkAcademy.com
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