College of Education alumni chosen as STAR teachers

AUGUSTA, GA – Several graduates from the Augusta University College of Education were chosen as STAR teachers through the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation program in Richmond and Columbia counties.

Students who score the highest score in one sitting on the SAT taken, and who score in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their graduating class based on grade point average, are eligible to be nominated as STAR student for their high schools. The student winner then chooses the teacher who has made the most significant contribution to the student’s scholastic development.

  • Mark Boiter, a social studies teacher and athletics director for Harlem High School, was named STAR teacher by student Emily Rose Lanoue. He holds a B.A. in secondary social studies education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Augusta University.
  • John Cato, a science and mathematics teacher at Lakeside High School, was chosen STAR teacher by student Fang Toku Shi. Cato holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics from Augusta University.
  • Sherri Darden, a history teacher at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, was named STAR teacher by student Eric Ruiz. Darden holds a Master of Public Administration and an Ed.S. from Augusta University.
  • Brian Killips, a social studies teacher and soccer coach at Evans High School, was named STAR teacher by student Jenna Elizabeth Cliatt. He holds a degree in history with a minor in secondary history education from Augusta University. Killips’ student, Fang Toku Shi, was selected STAR student of the year for Columbia County. Shi’s father is Augusta University Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Hoidong Shi. 
  • Emile Jay (E.J.) Sharif, previously a teacher at Academy of Richmond County, now Assistant Principal at A.R. JohnsonHealth Science and Engineering Magnet School, was named by ARC student Duncan Kleinhub. Sharif holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.Ed. in special education from Augusta University.
  • Jonathan Waters, an English teacher and debate coach at Grovetown High School, was named STAR teacher by his student, Jamie Suzanne Davenport. Waters was also 2014 Speech Coach of the Year for the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association. He has an M.A.T. in English education from Augusta University.
  • Byron Willingham, a science teacher at Lucy Craft Laney High School, was chosen by student Joshua Toran III. Willingham holds an M.A.T. in secondary biology education from Augusta University.
  • Beverley Wright, a math teacher at Augusta Christian Schools, was chosen as STAR teacher by her student, Sophie Michelle Pollock. Wright holds an M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction from Augusta University.
  • Calvin Moore, an economics teacher at Cross Creek High School, was named STAR teacher by his student, Joshua Rutland. Moore holds an M.A.T. in middle grades education from Augusta University.

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