2018 Bright Ideas Winners

The 2018 Bright Ideas Program was a success! We had 102 applicants that had great “Bright Ideas” from 46 schools in the counties Coweta-Fayette EMC serves. A total of 7 retired teachers from Coweta and Fayette Counties had the hard task of judging these applications. There were 16 winners from Coweta County, 14 winners from Fayette County and 2 winners from Heard County. The total amount awarded for this program was $36,046.12, with awards ranging from $347.00 to $1,500.00. The Bright Ideas “Award Wagon” visited the schools on October 30 and 31 to deliver gift bags and “checks” to each of the winning teachers. The excitement was overwhelming! The Bright Ideas Program will be held again in 2019. If you have any questions, please call Marsha McDaniel at 770-502-0226 ext. 7406.

The 2019 Bright Ideas Application will become available online in May 2019.


School Name Teacher(s) Total Project Name
Arnall Middle Melanie Smith $696.00 It’s a Salty Life
Braelinn Elementary Ellen Mitchell $518.15 All Fired Up A Clay Collaboration
Cleveland Elementary John Calvin Maddox, Jr $691.74 Learning Through Cooking
East Coweta High Alba Harper & Christine Poling $1,534.08 Scholastic Magazines/ Spanish and Frensh
East Coweta High Elizabeth Thompson $480.75 Unlocking History’s Mysteries
Elm Street Elementary Laura Hightower $906.18 The Future Is Here: Kids Coding Robots
Elm Street Elementary Rebecca Springfield $1,494.00 Bringing Learning to Life with Virtual Reality
Elm Street Elementary Emily Evans $982.86 First Grade Maker Space
Heard County High Stephanie Hall $1,500.99 Circle Of Friends Transition Training
Heard County Middle Amy H. Brown $1,497.53 Sweet Success: Vocational & Life Skills Training for Students with Disabilities
Huddleston Elementary Jonathan James Burns $1,360.00 Putting the “A” in STEAM with Specdrums!
Huddleston Elementary Susan Sanders $1,505.27 Experimenting with Electricity
JC Booth Middle Michael A Fairbanks $1,448.96 Radical Recycling
Kedron Elementary Patricia F Lee $972.95 Growing Minds with Greens
Konos Academy Judy Linzie $1,500.00 Increasing proficiency through dramatic reading and writing

“Aumentar la competencia a través de la lectura y la escritura dramáticas”

Lee Middle Adriana Cantwell $1,462.31 Crime Squashers Inc. (CSI)
Lee Middle Tracy Michelle Jones $756.85 African Museum Tour
Madras Middle Laura Farmer $524.93 The Literary Podcast: Stop, Collaborate, and Listen.
McIntosh High Kelly McMahon $347.95 Kill-a-What???
McIntosh High Grace Cannon $1,451.95 Gel Electrophoresis: Crime Investigations and Discovery in the World of Genetics
Newnan Crossing Elementary Kelly Duggan & Alli Rogers $1,451.59 Up, Up and Away!
Newnan High Rachael Elizabeth Boyd $900.00 Economics Escape!!
Newnan High Jamie Rambo $1,375.00 The Literary Lounge
Oak Grove Elementary and Peeples Elementary Michelle Cole-Spence $960.20 “Mo” Bright Ideas for ELLs with Osmo
Oak Grove Elementary Brooke Noelle Fuller $382.00 The Alliance Theater
Poplar Road Elementary Stephen Garrett Simon $1,459.43 Connecting and Collaborating in a 21st-Century Classroom
Rising Starr Middle JoAnn Rouse & Eric Todd $1,092.00 A Walk Across Georgia
Starr’s Mill High Kelly Rock $1,493.68 Canoe Believe This? Discovering Local Wetlands
Starr’s Mill High Savahna Silvas $1,463.98 Storytelling through Film
The Heritage School Peyton Elizabeth Heidman $850.82 Stitching a Brighter Future
Welch Elementary Sharon McClellan $1,434.00 Mission to Mars
White Oak Elementary Paula Corley $1,549.97 Reading Under the Stars