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Education & Career Dev.

Jan. 11 - Georgia Power announces the New Teacher Assistance Grant recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year

Category: Education, Colleges & Career

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 11, 2019 - This week Georgia Power announced the names of 41 teachers from across the state that are recipients of the company’s annual $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grants. Since launching the program in 2004, the company has awarded a total of $487,000 in individual grants to more than 487 new teachers from communities across the state. The grants are funded by Georgia Power and provide the state's newest teachers with funds to purchase classroom supplies and help start their classroom careers.  

“Georgia’s future workforce is learning valuable knowledge in classrooms throughout the state every day, and Georgia Power is committed to assisting teachers along the way,” said Joseph Lillyblad, education and workforce manager for Georgia Power. “Georgia Power’s New Teacher Assistance Grant program provides educators with the resources needed to continue supporting the success of their students and new teaching career.”

Nominations were submitted by Georgia public colleges and universities that have schools of education. To be eligible for a grant, candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their class, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

The nominations are reviewed by a statewide selection committee with grants awarded beginning in November. Grant recipients include pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers who are encouraged to use the funds to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers, projectors, or other supplies to enhance their classrooms.

New Teacher Assistance Grant recipients include:

  • Ashlan Curl, Brunswick (McIntosh County Schools) 
  • Emily Elaine Thompson, Savannah (Effingham County Schools)
  • Jacob Louis Baxter, Savannah (Savannah Chatham County Public Schools)
  • Lindsey Marie Bussell, Pooler (Savannah Chatham County Public Schools)
  • Jazmine Brown, Savannah (Savannah Chatham County Public Schools)
  • Susannah Mize, Saint Simons Island (Glynn County Schools)
  • Michael David Mascolo, Statesboro (Bulloch County Schools) 

Georgia Power has been a partner with the state's public education system for more than 100 years – from supporting the work of groups such as Junior Achievement, to providing new teacher assistance grants, to hosting students at the company's generation facilities, Georgia Power works to help students achieve their full potential. For more information about how the company is helping advance education and build the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow, visit

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