Anthony K. Johnson, who teaches language arts to gifted seventh-graders at Midway Middle School, is one of 40 new teachers in Georgia to receive a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.
According to a recent national survey, nine out of 10 public-school teachers report paying for school supplies and instructional materials out of their own pockets. Additionally, research has shown that up to 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years. Since 2004, Georgia Power has awarded grants annually to provide new teachers with funds to purchase classroom supplies and encourage them to stay in the profession.
Nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 20 Georgia public colleges and universities that have schools of education. To be eligible for the grant, 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.
A graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Johnson will use the grant to purchase education items to benefit students, such as books, electronics and other supplies.