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The Foundation for Excellence is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that honors outstanding teachers, administrators, and students by annually presenting awards and grants.


Dr. Eunice Kang, Clarke Central High School

2019 Bank of America Fine Arts Grant Recipient

“I believe that observing live performances by world class artists of diverse colors and backgrounds should be mandatory for all student musicians.” 

Foundation News

June Baldwin Turnell Aspiring Teacher Grant Recipients

In October 2023, the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education announced the recipients of the first June Baldwin Turnell Aspiring Teacher Grants. The June Baldwin Turnell Aspiritng Teacher Grant was established to support non-certified Clarke County School District employees who were seeking their initial teaching certifications.

The 2023 recipients are Ms. Kelsie Walker of Cedar Shoals High School &  Mr. Mark Reid of Gaines Elementary School.


Pictured (L to R) : Gaines Principal Dr. Luther McDaniel, FFE Executive Director Catherine Neace, Mr. Mark Reid, and CCSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Selena Blankenship

Photo by CCSD Public Relations


Pictured (L to R):CCSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Selena Blankenship, FFE Executive Director Catherine Neace, Ms. Kelsie Walker, and Cedar Shoals Principal Antonio Derricotte

Photo by CCSD Public Relations

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"Great teaching doesn’t just happen.”

Conor Naughton, Hilsman Middle School

2018 Frieda M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award Recipient


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