Deal commends 2013 Master Teachers

JONESBORO — Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Clayton County educators Shara Allen, Jason Beavers and Stacey McDonald were among 58 Georgia teachers to earn “Master Teacher” certification this year.

“I am proud of Georgia’s Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state’s goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom,” said Deal.

Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program was established in 2005 and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The certification is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and student growth for 2013.

“Georgia continues to make tremendous strides in improving educational opportunities for our students,” Deal said. “And I am unwavering in my support of the critical link between effective teachers and student achievement.”  

Teachers are designated as Master Teachers for seven years based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, documented student growth and exemplary professional practices.  

PSC Executive Secretary Kelly Henson said this year’s class of teachers join some of the state’s most highly skilled and dedicated educators.

“The Professional Standards Commission, along with their schools and communities, recognize and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Henson.  

Master Teachers are eligible to automatically renew their teaching certificates as long as they continue to qualify for the status.