The GMEA has announced its 2014 Teachers of the Year.
In the ten years since Bazell has taught in the Gwinnett County Public School system, the DECA club has more than doubled its number of participating students. The club is affiliated with the international DECA organization, which “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management”.
Her Entrepreneurship Alliance program at Brookwood High School was also the recipient of a $10,000 grant. The money was used to create a new School-Based Enterprise that offers large-format color printing of outdoor banners and fine-print canvas photography.
Under Bazell’s leadership, the Brookwood Marketing program was awarded Industry Certification. She is particularly proud of the growth of her school’s store. After extensive on-campus market research conducted by her students, the store was able to quadruple its sales.
Katherine Godwin-Brink, of Baldwin High School, is GMEA’s New Teacher of the Year. Godwin-Brink, has been teaching for just three years. She also takes special pride in her work with her school store, which has earned over $15,000 in profits in just two years.