Educators Making A Difference

September 08, 2021
Contributed By: Laura Boswell

Kim Callahan-AECA & WBL Employability Skills Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kim Callahan, Ware County, for winning the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association Employability Skills Contest in the Work Based Learning Category.  She was a lucky winner of $1,000.00 for her employability skills lesson on implementing virtual job interviews.  

April 28, 2021

Kim Callahan Recognized by Local Development Authority

April 10, 2019
Contributed By: Laura Boswell

Educator of the Year Award: Deana Harper

Deana Harper, a lifelong resident of North Georgia, currently serves as the CTAE Administrator and Career Specialist at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from the American College of Education. Her original degree was Business Education, but she worked in industry for 10 years before beginning her teaching career. This year will complete 22 years of teaching, all at North Hall High School.

Deana is most passionate about providing experiences for students to help them identify/solidify their future career goals while coaching them on the value of a strong work ethic. She works tirelessly to assist young people in making Classroom to Real World “connections.” She is dedicated to making a difference not only in her community, but throughout the State of Georgia. She has served on the Work-Based Learning State Executive Board since 2012, where she served as State President (2015-2016).

As Career Specialist, she coordinates the Work-Based Learning program which includes career education for grades K-12, implementing employability skill training initiatives, arranging career awareness activities for individual students and entire classes, and implementing career guidance materials for advisement groups (9-12 grades) to include interest inventories, career education and career planning.

Deana and her husband Corbett reside in Clermont. They have three adult children and are expecting their first grandchild any day.

Because of her dedication in providing hands-on relevant learning for her students, Deana Harper is the 2019 Educator of the Year for Junior Achievement of Northeast Georgia.

Sponsored by Abit and Kayenne Massey

    February 19, 2019

    GACTE Teacher of the Year, Dr. Larry Tripp - WBL Affiliate

    Dr. Larry Tripp, Dalton Public Schools work-based learning coordinator, was among 35 career and technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) educators who were honored by the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education (GACTE) during its annual summer conference, which met July 15-17, 2018 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

    Tripp is the district work-based learning coordinator and is based at Dalton High School. An educator for more than 24 years, and beginning his sixth year with Dalton Public Schools, he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Georgia, Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.

    Dalton High School Principal Steve Bartoo said Tripp is a tremendous resource for students. "Not only has he established great relationships with our students, he has established great relationships with our local businesses, too," he said. "Larry also does a wonderful job coaching our WBL students to be great employees."

    Dr. Tripp also serves as the treasure for the Georgia WBL Executive Board. Featured with Larry are Tim Vinson, GACTE President and Matthew Gambill, Executive Director, GACTE.

      January 17, 2019


      Work Based Learning Student of the Year

      East Central Region: Ericka Grant, Paulding County, Coordinator-Monica Aydza 
      Northwest Region: LaDasha Shinholster, Wilkinson County, Coordinator-Chiquita Jackson
      West Central Region:Nyla Graham, Northside High School, Coordinator-Courtney Freels
      Northeast RegionCatherine Reisinger, Rockdale Career Academy, Coordinator-Tammy Maddox
      Southwest RegionAysianna Carter, Tift County High School, Coordinator-Cassandra Thomas 
      Southeast Region: Lauren Callahan, Ware County High School, Coordinator-Kim Callahan 

      Youth Apprenticeship Program Completer of the Year

      Northwest Region: Marissa Bowyer, Gilmer High School, Coordinator-Janet Davis 
      West Central Region:Kevin Yonker, Muscogee County School District, Coordinator-Tim Vinson
      Northeast Region: Anthony Johnson, Henry County High School and the Academy for Advanced Studies, Coordinator-Mickey Drew 
      Southeast Region: Ashley Rentz, Brantley County High School, Coordinator-Dr. Andrea Tanner 

      Business Partner of the Year 

      East Central Region: Textron Specialized Vehicles (E-Z-GO), Coordinator-Angel Little 
      Northwest Region: Delta Community Credit Union, Coordinator-Angela Kovachi Sparks 
      West Central Region:Delta Community Credit Union, Coordinator-Virginia Gibbs
      Northeast Region: Georgia United Credit Union, Coordinator-Christina Hinz 
      Southwest Region: Senior Life Insurance, Coordinator-Michelle Ausley 
      Southeast Region: Dot Foods, Coordinator-Donna Collins 

      Work Based Learning Coordinator of the Year 

      East Central Region: Chiquita Jackson, Wilkinson County 
      Northwest Region: Monica Rydza, Paulding County 
      West Central Region: Tim Vinson, Muscogee County School System
      Northeast Region: Debra Lary, Newton County Schools 
      Southwest Region: Jenny Pitts, Cook County 
      Southeast Region: Judy Beaver, Wayne County