Long recognized for innovative teacher professional development, the Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) Paul A Duke GIFT Action Plan Achievement Awards program annually recognizes three outstanding teachers who effectively implemented GIFT Action Plans into teaching practices.
In July 2017, Middle School science teacher Rachel Chou won first place for her work with nanotechnology, under the direction of Dr. Anant Paravastu, Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Paravastu raved, “Ms. Chou made excellent use of her background in art history and studio art, opening my own eyes to new ways to visualize scientific data and illustrate molecular-level concepts. . . [She] devised lesson plans to help students understand complex new ideas and cutting-edge tools in a way that emphasizes imagination, creativity, and passion.” He concluded, “Teachers like Ms. Chou are critical for my field’s survival.”
Click here to read about the learning experiences Rachel created for her students, for which she won this award.