First District RESA congratulates our 2016 Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) Ambassadors, Blake Lipthratt and Emily Pirkle! Blake and Emily will represent First District RESA at the TAPP Ambassador Conference in Columbus, Georgia in June. The focus of this year’s conference will be Enhancing Teaching and Learning. 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.
|Blake graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. After moving back home to St. Simon’s Island, he worked for the visitor’s bureau and various local businesses pursuing photography and filmmaking opportunities.|
Having grown up with family in the education field, he began working as a paraprofessional and discovered he enjoyed being an academic mentor to students with special needs.
|Emily teaches foreign language in Screven County. Prior to entering the GaTAPP program, she worked at the University of Georgia as a Graduate Assistant studying German. Emily chose to enter the teaching profession because she has a passion for learning and wants to pass that passion along to students.|
Emily’s future goals are to grow students’ interest in foreign language and open their eyes and encourage their participation in the vast world of possibilities around them!