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Lakeside Middle School teacher honored for education practices
Patti Grammens

FORSYTH COUNTY — A local middle school teacher has been named a Discovery Education Program Champion for the 2015-16 school year.

According to a news release, Lakeside Middle teacher Patti Grammens was selected for the honor because of her passion for service learning and “exemplary use of Discovery Education’s programs.”

She joins 13 other Program Champions who will represent specific topic areas, including health and wellness, social studies and STEM, or science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

These educators will share various resources and supporting programs with their colleagues and peers around the world, according to Discovery Education. They will also represent the organization at education events and virtual conferences.

Discovery Education is a leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In a statement, Grammens described Discovery Education as “a lifeline for teachers.”

“Their resources provide the content to teach our standards in an innovative and interesting way so that students are engaged and actively learning,” she said. “I am honored to be a part of the … team and am proud to be able to share these great opportunities with other teachers so that they can experience the excitement these programs instill in their students.”

Grammens was chosen through a competitive application process. She recently attended a two-day launch event at the organization’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., with the other honorees.

She will next share her passion with others on the topic of service learning, specifically the various resources she has access to with other educators that integrate “meaningful community service with instruction to enrich students’ learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.”