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GCPS sibling educators honored by local credit union

April 28, 2021Sibling GCPS teachers featured atop 100 Peachtree

     Two Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teachers had their names up in lights… literally, when they were recently honored by Georgia’s Own Credit Union for their hard work and dedication. Ali Burrous of Starling Elementary School and Jeff Ewanowski of Trickum Middle School were each featured on the credit union’s electronic billboard in downtown Atlanta. Burrous and Ewanowski, who are siblings, were among a select group of seven teachers selected to appear in the credit union’s 2021 Teacher Appreciation Campaign. They were selected from a social media campaign in which community members were asked to use the hashtag #GeorgiasOwnTeacher to nominate a teacher. In their posts on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, nominators explained why they love their teacher. The honorees were selected based upon these submissions. Burrous and Ewanowski were each featured on the billboard for 24 hours and received a $200 donation to their classrooms.

     Burrous, who is Starling’s Local School Technology Coordinator, is grateful for the recognition. “I am so thankful,” Burrous said. “I am a product of GCPS, attending kindergarten through 12th grade. My favorite part of my job is that I learn something new almost every day. I never know what type of issue I’ll be asked to help resolve, so it keeps my days very interesting and engaging. I am honored to work with amazing educators and learn alongside them as we create valuable experiences for students.”

     Ewanowski, who is a 6th grade science teacher, agreed that this was a humbling experience for both him and his sister. He shares, “It is quite amazing to me that my sister and I both received this award. I would definitely say teaching is a ‘family business.’ My mother taught in Gwinnett County for many years before moving on to the district office to finish her career. I love teaching because it affords me the opportunity to pass along everything I have learned to a different group of students each year. I love seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moment when a student truly understands whatever it is we are talking about and I enjoy trying to find different ways to ensure that all my students succeed.”