GaTAPP Ambassadors 2017
First District RESA congratulates our 2017 Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) Ambassadors, Justin Griffith and Valerie Thompson! The GaTAPP Ambassador program is sponsored by a grant through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The program recognizes and highlights outstanding teachers who have entered the teaching profession through the non-traditional educator preparation path.
Justin is a Georgia Southern graduate who originally planned to coach at the collegiate level. After relocating back to Statesboro, taking a job as a paraprofessional, he found that his true passion was working with kids. The GaTAPP program has made it possible to combine his newfound love of learning and teaching.
Valerie holds a degree in animal science from the University of Georgia. She has raised four children as a stay-at-home mom and has taught language arts, math, and science to multiple grade levels at a local private school. She now teaches seventh grade language arts at Screven County Middle School and strives to inspire a love of reading and life-long learning in her students.