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 Griffith
Mill Creek Elementary
Bulloch County Schools

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 Thompson
Screven County Middle School
Screven County Schools

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.


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