Valdosta Daily Times

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August 19, 2013

Valdosta Schools staff participate in 2013 GIFT Program

VALDOSTA — “Founded in 1991 as a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology's CEISMC, GIFT provides paid summer STEM internships in industry workplaces and university laboratories for middle and high school science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Teachers spend 4 to 7 weeks experiencing first-hand how industrial scientists and researchers approach problems, design experiments, interpret data, communicate findings, and develop and implement workplace solutions. GIFT offers teachers real world applications of the subjects they teach, allowing them to increase content knowledge and gain practical examples of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications for enriched instruction and teaching practices based on evidence-based experiences. Since its founding, GIFT has placed teachers in more than 1800 positions statewide.” For more information about the CEISMC GIFT Program, please visit:


VCS 2013 GIFT participates and assignments were:


Rhonne Goodson (VMS)- CJB Industries Valdosta

Cody Moncrief (VMS)- Valdosta State Chemistry Department- Dr. Manning

Rebecca Hutfilz (VHS)- Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)Valdosta

Lane Wooten (VMS)-UGA Tifton Entomology Remote Sensing- Dr. Rains

Alex Alvarez (CO)- GIFT Lead Facilitator- CEISMC Georgia Tech


Each teacher developed an action plan with their site mentors including real world applications to implement with students during the 2013-2014 school year.



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