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Leaders of Ivy Preparatory Academies recently honored the Kirkwood “Scholars of the Month” and “Teacher of the Month” for their commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.


The honorees were recognized by Ivy Prep’s executive director, Ms. Alisha T. Morgan, who called the winners up to receive certificates. “We want to honor them for their hard work in the classroom and their dedication to strive for excellence in teaching and learning,” Morgan said.


The “Scholars of the Month” are kindergartner, Jordyn Johnson; first grader, Reese Bailey-Anderson; second grader, Jada Bates-Starks; third grader, Ruth Abi; fourth grader, Renae’ Mede; fifth grader, Sierra Young; sixth grader, Simone Neal; seventh grader, Kaylen Scott; and eighth grader, Harmony Andrews. The “Teacher of the Month” is Allison Tollman.


Scholars were chosen for the award based on their stellar grades, academic improvement, good behavior, and representation of the PREP values of professionalism, responsibility, engagement and perseverance. The “Teacher of the Month” was nominated by the faculty.


Dr. Charcia Nichols, principal of Ivy Prep Kirkwood School for Girls, said that Tollman, a third grade teacher, was chosen for her passion for education, and her ability to get her scholars excited about their lessons. “She is very compassionate and finds all kinds of ways to make sure that children learn,’’ Dr. Nichols said.


Tollman is a veteran educator of more than a decade who is in her first year at Ivy Prep. She said she was surprised to be the first educator chosen as “Teacher of the Month” for the new school year. “I didn’t expect it because there are so many deserving teachers,” she said. “I am the type of person who usually works in the background. It is an honor to be recognized for the work that you do in the classroom.”


Tollman is a former Atlanta Public Schools teacher. She has been an educator for nearly a dozen years. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education and teaching from Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University.


Tollman and the scholars received gift cards from administrators at IPA Kirkwood School for Girls during an earlier presentation.


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