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Teachers benefit from stimulus money

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 16,000 Georgia teachers have jobs right now thanks to federal stimulus money. Georgia received nearly two-billion stimulus dollars for education.

WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis spoke to one Lee County teacher who moved into a new position because of the money.

Deanna Julian has been a part of the Special Needs Program at Lee County High School for 11 years.

This August, she moved into a new position as post secondary transition coordinator. The position has funding to be available for two years. Special Education Director for Lee County Schools, Kathy Wooten, was able to create the position after the program received nearly $1 million in stimulus money.

"That's a lot of money and we're being very judicious in the way we spend it," Wooten noted.

Based on transition assessments, Julian's role is to prepare students to make the move from high school to a four year or two year college or another career-building platform.

"After our students graduate, there's no follow-up process and teachers are so busy they don't always have time to follow through with transition plans or fill out proper paper work from parents," Julian said.

That's why Julian is in her current position. She says about 180 students are in the special needs program at Lee County High School and she's currently working with nearly 30 students.

"I have a lot of plans I want to see implemented in Lee County," Julian added.

Those include backing up and starting younger programs in middle school.

Julian hopes her guidance will have a positive impact on students in Lee County High School.

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