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Middle grades candidates serve on state-wide board


GMSA Board Representatives Maggie Jones (pictured left) and Hallie Blizzard

Hallie Blizzard and Maggie Jones, teacher candidates in the middle grades education program at Georgia Southern University, were selected to serve on the Georgia Middle School Association (GMSA) Board of Directors for the 2016-17 academic year. Blizzard and Jones fulfill the role of representing the affiliate organization, Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) for the GMSA Board.

GMSA is a leader for continuous improvement in the education of middle grades students through promoting exemplary educational practices and offering support and resources to all middle grades educators in the state of Georgia.

“Having the pleasure of representing Georgia Southern University on the Board of Directors for GMSA has been one of the highlights of my college experience,” commented Jones. “Getting the chance to network with other individuals who share my desire to better the middle school experience for young adolescents has given me such hope for the future of teaching. There are great things happening in middle schools all over the state, and realizing that I get to be a part of that has been very humbling.”

GMSA’s Board includes middle level principals, teachers, teacher educators, and other stakeholders from across the state. Georgia Southern’s College of Education is also represented on the Board by Amanda Wall, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and COE alumnus Neal Tam (’14, Ed.D. Educational Leadership) currently serves as the president of GMSA.


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