February's Member of the Month: Tonya Merl

Each month GCAE appreciates and honors one of our outstanding members who goes above and beyond the call of duty to support this organization, our families, & our community at large.

Tonya has exhibited these traits and we want to publicly recognize her for all of her hard work!

"It is such an honor to be selected as February's member of the month. I have been in the education field for 6 years and I am currently a teacher at Partee Elementary School in Snellville. I became a member of GCAE in 2018, initially through it's first ELI (Early Leadership Institute) cohort in 2018. Being a part of ELI allowed me to determine ways that I could advocate for fellow teachers by shedding some light on some of the issues that teachers face within in the first 5 years of teaching. By doing this I was able to support/ mentor new teachers within my school and have them become a part of GCAE.

Most recently I was given the opportunity to coordinate the GCAE Annual Spelling Bee. With this opportunity I was able to successfully plan, implement and lead an event with over 90 students, 50 volunteers, and a multitude of friends and family without any major issues or setbacks. I plan on continuing to be a positive leader and role model for my students, community and fellow colleagues. I also want to thank GCAE for their support and encouragement on my past, present, and future endeavors within the education field."

Thank you again Tonya for being a rockstar!

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