Aimée Burgamy, an Art Teacher from Georgia, is Chosen for Her
Creativity and Connectivity
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2009--
The Ron Clark Academy, in conjunction with Great American Financial
Resources, selected its first Great American Teacher of the Year – Dr.
Aimée Burgamy. Burgamy is a middle school art teacher in Lilburn, GA,
who serves as the lead teacher for twenty-five middle school art
teachers in Gwinnett County. She is the winner of the National Art
Association's Jr. National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year award
and was recently named as her District Teacher of the Year. Burgamy
received her PhD in Art Education from University of Georgia in 2009.
The hour-long awards gala, which was broadcast LIVE to millions of
viewers via public access channels and web streams, was held at the W
Atlanta Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Burgamy was one of five
finalists selected by an esteemed panel of judges, who voted Friday
afternoon on the winner. During her acceptance speech with some of her
students by her side, Burgamy energetically expressed the importance of
highly creative and effective teachers. She also encouraged those
members of the audience with an interest in teaching, “to join in on the
The 2009 Great American Teacher receives a cash gift totaling $15,000
from Great American Financial Resources - $10,000 for personal use and
$5,000 for his/her school, a Promethean Active classroom, a Complete
Audio Enhancement System for his/her classroom, a DELL Color-Laser
printer for his/her classroom and a personalized DELL Tablet PC.
Sponsors of the 2009 Great American Teacher Awards include Great
American Financial Resources, Inc.; The Coca-Cola Company; Comcast
Communications, Inc.; Verizon Wireless, Delta Air Lines, the preferred
air line of The Ron Clark Academy; Promethean; DELL, Inc.; Audio
Enhancement; Presentation Services; Associated Builders and Contractors
of Georgia, Inc., Image Master Productions; and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Please visit www.ronclarkacademy.com
to learn more about next year’s awards. To see a rebroadcast schedule of
this year’s awards show, please visit the Florida Education Channel
website at www.fec.tv.
Comcast will also feature highlights of the program during its Red
Carpet segment on CNN Headline News in early December.
About The Ron Clark Academy
The Ron Clark Academy is a private, nonprofit SACS CASI accredited
middle school in Southeast Atlanta that promotes innovation and inspires
its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of
discipline. Each year, 3,000 educators from around the world visit the
Academy to learn how to replicate the school’s style, philosophy and
success in their own classrooms. The Academy currently relies on outside
funding to provide scholarships to students from varying academic
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Source: Great American Financial Resources
The Ron Clark Academy
Staci Lynch – 404-693-4692