JONESBORO — Five Clayton County Public School employees have become “airmen“ this summer.

Tacuma Diop and Travis Edwards, Morrow High School; Stacey Nelson, North Clayton High School; Heather Peterson, Mundy’s Mill Middle School; and Eboni Chillis, coordinator of Career Technical and Agricultural Education earned their Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. The designation allows them to fly small unmanned aircraft systems.

The certification gives them the ability to provide instruction for students in the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Drone Pathway.

“The CTAE Department will begin to write the necessary competencies (standards) to create the first Drone Pathway within the next year for the state of Georgia to review for an approved Drone Pathway offering,” said Chillis. “The desire is to offer a drone pathway beginning with Morrow High and North Clayton High, and within the Clayton College and Career Academy’s Aviation Wing, slated for 2022.”

“This opportunity is one of many steps to ensure our students are leading in aviation globally,” said Morcease J. Beasley, CCPS superintendent. “We commend Dr. Chillis and these teachers on their innovative accomplishment and for ushering in a new career path for Clayton County Public Schools students in the field of aviation.”

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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