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Janice Cheshire of Walton High, Named Biotech Teacher of the Year

Monday, January 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Thacker
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 Janice Cheshire
ATLANTA, GA (January 5, 2015) – Janice Cheshire, M.Ed. of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia has been selected as the 2015 Biotechnology Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year award recognizes excellence in STEM teaching and support for the biotechnology pathway, part of Georgia’s Career Clusters, by a current high school biotechnology teacher. The award winner is nominated by peers and selected by the Georgia BioEd Institute Board of Advisors.

Janice Cheshire, M.Ed. retired in May 2014 from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia after 35 years of teaching.  During her 15 years at Walton, she taught genetics, microbiology, biology, biotechnology, and forensic science; but primarily was assigned to teaching anatomy & physiology. 

In 2010 Ms. Cheshire attended a Georgia BioEd Biotechnology workshop and from that experience worked to add biotechnology to the curriculum at Walton.  Following this addition, the Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute and Georgia Bio awarded Walton a $20,000 grant to buy the equipment and start-up materials for the course to be established in the classroom. This gift allowed Ms. Cheshire to add biotechnology to her teaching assignments and build the biotechnology program from the foundations up, to a dynamic program that is now a vital part of the science department at Walton.

Ms. Cheshire’s biotech curriculum welcomed several visiting scientists and experienced a fieldtrip to a biotechnology company where students were able to use endoscopes to look at a pig stomach.  Two years ago, when Atlanta Magazine wanted to do a photo shoot on a class at Walton, Ms. Cheshire’s biotechnology class was chosen for the project.  Guests touring the school would stop by the biotechnology labs as students were performing some high-tech procedure dressed in our Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute lab coats. Ms. Cheshire taught biotechnology at Walton from 2010-2014, until her retirement.

Ms. Cheshire received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Georgia Southern College in 1973, and her Master in Education from Kennesaw State University in 1992. She was awarded STAR Teacher in 2000 from Mt. Paran Christian School; and nominated twice for Teacher of the Year at Mt. Paran Christian School and Walton High. Her hobbies include biking on the Silver Comet Trail; spin classes at the YMCA; 5k races with family; volunteering with Compassion International; and teaching bible study at her church.

Ms. Cheshire will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner, January 22, 2015 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Atlanta Fox Theater. Other leading companies, executives, researchers and dedicated individuals will receive Georgia Bio Awards. Learn more and register at www.gabio.org/awards.

For a list of past Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award recipients, click here.

Georgia Bio (www.gabio.org) is the private, non-profit association whose members include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical centers, universities and research institutes, government groups and other business organizations involved in the development of life sciences related products and services.

Note to Editors: Credentialed members of the news media are invited to attend. Registration is complimentary. Please contact Maria Thacker (404-920-2042404-920-2042; maria.thacker@gabio.org).

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