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Teacher is superhero to his students

Teacher is superhero to his students

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- When all three of your children are the same age, you want to make sure they're each treated as individuals.

Just ask Dan and Stephanie Schulze.

Their 9-year-old triplets (one girl and two boys) are in Griffin Nichols' four grade class at New Georgia Elementary.

"They are all very different," said Dan. "All three have very different learning styles and strengths/weaknesses.

Proof came recently during a class period with Nichols teaching volume and capacity. After working with the students on problems on the board and worksheets, he had them create "Gallon Guy" and "Gallon Girl" out of construction paper.

"Like it's Superman and he has his crest in the center," said Nichols.

The arms and legs on their individual "superheroes" represented quarts, while the hands and feet were pints and the fingers and toes represented cups.

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy will open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year on Mar. 4.

The fully accredited virtual school will also host several information sessions across Georgia to give potential students and parents a taste of what it offers.

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"The good news is that we have 1,000 additional student slots, scattered across all grades, which will be open for the coming academic year," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "Nevertheless, due to the fact we have a waiting list as we open enrollment, we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Information sessions will take place:

Monday, Mar. 4
Douglasville Conference Center
6701 Church Street
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Scholarship created in memory of UWG professor

Scholarship created in memory of UWG professor

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A scholarship program honoring late University of West Georgia professor Dr. W. Glenn Esslinger, Sr., will continue, the university announced Monday.

Esslinger's son and daughter-in-law recently gave UWG $25,000 to fund the scholarship endowment over the next five years.

"We are pleased to be able to do this, to make sure the legacy of my father lives on," Bill Esslinger, Jr., said in a statement. "He was a professor for more than 30 years here at the university. He loved teaching, he loved the university and he certainly loved the students. We are just pleased to be able to extend his legacy and provide this opportunity for students in the future."

The recipient of the W. Glenn Esslinger Scholarship must be a chemistry major, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be from Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Heard or Haralson counties.

Esslinger, Sr., taught chemistry at UWG from 1968 to 2000.

ITT Tech coming to Douglasville

ITT Tech coming to Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The ITT Technical Institute will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Douglas County campus next week.

The school is located at 5905 Stewart Parkway in Douglasville. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 with a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments.

Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons is scheduled to attend Thursday's event, ITT Tech spokesperson Dana Stelsel said.

ITT Tech offers associate and bachelor's degrees in several fields, including information technology, design, business and criminal justice.

Other local ITT Tech campuses include Duluth, Kennesaw and south Atlanta.

UWG reports record enrollment

UWG reports record enrollment

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Despite college and university enrollment dropping nationwide, the University of West Georgia reported record enrollment during its Fall 2012 semester.

"I am delighted to note that UWG's enrollment uptick runs counter to decreases at the national and (University System of Georgia) level," university president Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna said in a statement.

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UWG says 11,769 students were enrolled at the school this fall, an increase of 1.1 percent from 2011. Sethna attributed the growing number to a spike in graduate school enrollment. The school saw an 11.7 percent increase in grad student enrollment, compared to a 0.7 percent hike in undergraduate enrollment.

Teacher's secret to stamina: Swim every day

Teacher's secret to stamina: Swim every day

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- If you don't know French, you won't know what Corinne Barnes is saying to her students at Douglas County High School, but the teens understand and, if they don't, they know she'll help them.

"You never leave the room without knowing the full lesson, and she really cares about you and she's basically another mother to me," said Michelle Nyangani, a freshman.

After 40 years of teaching, you'd think Ms. Barnes would slow down, but she insists on teaching a class of ninth graders each year.

"My most favorite thing to do is to be in this classroom," said Ms. Barnes. "I love it. I don't think there's any way you can make a difference, than in the class."

In addition to teaching, Ms. Barnes is in charge of the International Baccalaureate program. She also heads ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), the Foreign Language Department and both the Gifted and Fine Arts programs.

Berry, Ga. Highlands help transfer students

Berry, Ga. Highlands help transfer students

ROME, Ga. -- Berry and Georgia Highlands colleges have created a partnership that will make it easier for students to transfer from one school to the other.

Starting Monday, any Georgia Highlands student who earns an associate's degree and maintains a 3.0 GPA will be guaranteed acceptance to Berry as a transfer student.

"This agreement allows the two colleges to increase the opportunity for students to complete their college degrees," Berry president Steve Briggs said in a statement. "This speaks volumes about our community and the kind of place we want to be."

Laura Musselwhite, GHC's vice president for academic and student affairs, echoed Briggs' excitement.

"We at GHC very much look forward to working with Berry as local partners in education," she said. "This agreement will serve as another pathway for students in our community to a four-year degree."