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Huntsville Educator Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Bonnie Garrett, science teacher at Morris P-8 school, is one of 38 educators nationwide receiving the Teaching Excellence Award, sponsored by the National Education Association and California Casualty.  Ms. Garrett was presented a $650 check and a commemorative certificate this week during the school’s faculty meeting.  She will also be honored at the National Education Association Foundation’s Salute to Excellence and Education Gala in Washington, D.C. next February, where she will compete for the nation’s top educator.

Bonnie Garrett is a national Master (PLTW) Project Lead the Way Teacher, and has also been recognized with teaching awards from Alabama PLTW, Alabama Air Force Association, and is a past Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner.

Garrett enjoys her job of providing students with lessons that are engaging and relevant, so that “kids can go out in our community to see, hear and experience how things function in the real world,” adding that education can be the key to make them “feel as if they can do or accomplish anything.”

The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence are unique - in addition to a teacher being recognized for their instructional skills and professional practice, award recipients are nominated by their peers and state NEA affiliate, for dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators.