ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power today announced the selection of 41 new teachers from across the state to receive one of the company's annual $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grants. Since launching the program in 2004, the company has awarded a total of $368,000 in individual grants to more than 340 new teachers from communities across the state. The grants are courtesy of the non-profit Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. and provide the state's newest teachers with funds to purchase classroom supplies and start their classroom careers.
"Georgia's future leaders are learning the skills they need to be successful every day in our classrooms," said Anne Kaiser, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power. "Supporting education is supporting our state's future and is critical to ensuring that we are prepared for Georgia's vibrant economic future with a skilled workforce."
Nominations were submitted by Georgia public colleges and universities that have schools of education. To be eligible for a grant, candidates must 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.
Nominations are reviewed by a statewide selection committee with grants awarded beginning in November. Grant recipients include pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers who are encouraged to use the funds to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers, projectors, or other supplies to enhance their classrooms.
2016 New Teacher Assistant Grant recipients include:
Timothy Jones, Macon (Howard High School)
Ashleigh Knight, Warner Robbins (David A. Perdue Elementary)
Kylie Tierce, Warner Robbins (Northside High School)
Georgia Power has been a partner with the state's public education system for more than 100 years – from supporting the work of groups such as Junior Achievement, to providing new teacher assistance grants, to hosting students at the company's generation facilities, Georgia Power works to help students achieve their full potential. For more information about how the company is helping advance education and build the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow, visit www.georgiapower.com/community.
About Georgia Power Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).