• Georgia-Pacific’s Palatka mill Vice President Kevin Curry, left, and Putnam County School District Superintendent Phyllis Criswell, right, present Crescent City Junior-Senior High teacher Allyson Thomas with a certificate after she was selected by Georgia-Pacific to participate in a summer development program in Colorado. (Submitted photo)

Crescent City Junior-Senior High teacher earns training opportunity in Colorado

Crescent City Junior-Senior High School teacher Allyson Thomas will travel to Colorado this summer to participate in a unique training workshop for educators. 

At the Keystone Science School Key Issues Institute, educators examine environmental issues through role playing and simulations, lab activities and small group work. 

Thomas teaches agriculture and science at Crescent City. She is one of 17 teachers sponsored by Georgia-Pacific who will attend the institute this summer. 

“Georgia-Pacific sponsors three summer development courses for teachers,” said Terry Hadaway, spokesman for Georgia-Pacific’s Palatka mill. “My goal is for all three (courses) to have someone from Putnam.”

Thomas is the first teacher from Putnam County in at least two years to attend one of Georgia-Pacific’s sponsored summer development programs, Hadaway said. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected by Georgia-Pacific to attend the Keystone Science Key Issues Institute,” Thomas said. “I am continually looking for ways to increase engagement and provide unique science-related experiences in my classroom.”

According to a news release from Georgia-Pacific, the Key Issues program is designed to help teachers build students’ critical thinking skills through environmental issues and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-based principles. 

“The Keystone Science School program gives teachers the chance to learn about environmental issues first-hand, and it also provides tools they can use to share these important lessons with the students in our local community year after year,” said Kevin Curry, vice president at Georgia-Pacific’s Palatka mill.

Thomas said she is looking forward to learning more about environmental issues and strategies to enhance her students’ educational experience. 

“I believe humans should be good stewards of the Earth we inhabit,” Thomas said. “In order to practice good stewardship, we must be familiar with the issues affecting the environment and work together to create solutions.”

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