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Senator Isakson visits local elementary school

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Education is near and dear to US Senator Johnny Isakson's heart. Not only is he married to a special ed teacher but for 30 years he's made a point to invest a lot of his public career in education.

As part of that he spends quite a bit of time visiting different schools in Georgia, and today he paid a visit to what he calls one of the most impressive school yet.

At times, folks in Washington seem far away for teachers and students in Dougherty County. But today, US Senator Johnny Isakson brought a piece of Washington to Albany when he paid a visit to Alice Coachman Elementary school.

He spends quite a bit of time traveling the state and visiting schools, but Isakson calls Alice Coachman one of the most impressive schools he's seen.

"You cant make it up, you cant find out a Senator is coming and all of a sudden turn a school culture around, it either has discipline , it either is clean, kids are ready to learn or they're not," said Senator Isakson.

Isakson paid a visit to classrooms and says he was impressed at how teachers were engaged with their students in a participatory type of education process.

He also took time to hold a question and answer session to answer any staff members concerns.

"He's on the education committee, and to say that I will take back to Washington your thoughts your ideas even though he was very candid in saying these things I will not try to fool you I'm not going to try and answer this but it was just a wonderful visit and I truly appreciate him being here," said Alice Coachman Principal Pat Victor.

Isakson says reducing the pupil to teacher ratio in classrooms is the number one concern among teachers.

"Its very difficult in economic times to be able to control that, but I got a great suggestion from one of the teachers on assessment at the beginning of the school year to benchmark and measure assessment at the end of the school year a lot of conversation about special needs," said Isakson.

"They were impressed he worked with the President, you could hear the "ooh" to know that someone took that time to come and visit them to see how well they were working was really awesome," said Pat.

Principal Pat Victor says having Isakson at the school was an overall rewarding experience, but she says the most exciting part was hearing him recognize the accomplishments and hard work of Alice Elementary School.

Alice Coachman was just recently recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. The award is extremely rare, only four schools in Georgia were designated. Alice Coachman was the only school in Georgia chosen to present.

The principal and a few teachers fly to Washington to retrieve their award November 1st.

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