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GIFT Fellow named 2017 Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia!
Mr. Casey Bethel, a science teacher at New Manchester High School and Douglas County’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, has been named the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia. Mr. Bethel will go on to represent Georgia educators in public speaking engagements and entered in the 2017 National Teacher of the Year competition.
Mr. Bethel, passionate educator, GIFT teacher, accomplished scientist and mentor to students of all ages has spent several summers interning as a researcher in the Biochemistry lab of Dr. Raquel Lieberman at GA Tech, hoping to find cures for Alzheimer’s disease and Glaucoma. In addition to maintaining a track record of high student achievement, he aims to inspire the next generation of scientists. Teaching lessons he designed based on his GIFT experiences have been published in The Journal of Chemical Education. In 2012 he was awarded the Paul A. Duke Action Plan award by the GA Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Math and Computing (CEISMC). He also represented CEISMC’s GIFT program as a presenter at the 2015 International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference. At New Manchester High, he sponsors the Chick Fil-A Leader Academy and Project Manhood, a male mentoring group which has been highlighted in local publications.
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CEISMC GIFT fellow has research paper published in the international journal Nature:
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