Masters in Teaching awards seven educators in Hall County

The Masters in Teaching award recipients for 2023.

Seven Northeast Georgia educators were recognized at the Masters in Teaching ceremony on Wednesday, March 29.

The event, presented by the College of Education at Brenau University, featured Georgia Teacher of the Year Michael Kobito as the guest speaker. 

“Teachers deserve to be recognized for the work they do,” Kobito said. “They change the world.”

The Masters in Teaching award winners for 2023 in a panel discussion
Susan Howard shares her insight during the panel discussion.

The 15th Masters in Teaching event returned in person this year after a break due to the pandemic. Gladys Harvey-Peterson, one of the organizers and advising coordinator for the College of Education, said she enjoys seeing the reaction from award winners.

“The award today is not a surprise, but when we initially reach out, it is,” she said. “To see all the amazing things they do as educators… to them, it’s second nature. But it truly is incredible.”

Brenau Associate Professor of Anatomy and Genetics Gregory Marshall, Ph. D., said he was humbled to receive the award. 

“My parents were teachers, and they were impacted by students who came back and said that my parents had changed their lives,” Marshall said. “I saw firsthand how meaningful teaching is. Knowing that my students are out there doing amazing things, that’s really the mark I have left on the world.”

This year’s award winners are:

  • Dee Gillespie, University of North Georgia
  • Joy Holeman, Fair Street International Academy
  • Susan Howard, Lanier School for Inquiry, Investigation, and Innovation
  • John Leverett, Lanier Technical College
  • Gregory Marshall, Brenau University
  • Nicole McGuire, Lakeview Academy
  • Jared Mummaw, Riverside Preparatory Academy