Grants & Awards


Teacher Grants

GMSA offers up to 4 teacher grant awards in the amount of $500 each for use in teachers’ classrooms.

The purpose of this grant is to enable teachers to pursue a special project or activity with their students that might not otherwise be possible. (*Any permanent items purchased through this grant will become the property of the school in which the teacher is working at the time the grant is awarded). 

In order to be eligible a teacher or the school must be a current member of GMSA.

Winners will be honored at the 40th Annual Conference February 25-27, 2018 in Valdosta, Georgia.

All applications must be completed electronically and submitted by December 1, 2017.

Award winners will be notified by December 11, 2017.

Application for Teacher Grants


Teams of the Year

Do you know a team that has made an outstanding and positive impact in the lives of young adolescents?  Is this team working together to provide students with relevant and engaging activities that move them toward becoming critical thinkers? If so, nominate them today!

Each year GMSA recognizes up to eight Teams of the Year for their outstanding work to improve the education and well-being of young adolescents in the state. Each winning team will receive a $100 gift certificate compliments of Bowen Photography and will be honored at the GMSA conference, February 25-27, 2018 in Valdosta, GA. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • In order to be eligible for Team of the Year, at least one team member OR the school must be a current member of GMSA.
  • The team must agree to attend and present at the GMSA conference in Valdosta, GA. February 25-27, 2018.

All entries must be completed online and submitted no later than December 1st, 2017.

Award winners will be notified by December 11, 2017.

Application for Teams of the Year


Educator of the Year

Finalists will be selected from each of the 8 regions of the state and one person from this group will be designated as Educator of the Year. The finalists and the winner will be recognized at the GMSA Annual Conference February 25-27, 2018 in Valdosta, Georgia.

Criteria: 

  • must have been a teacher for a minimum of three years
  • exemplifies educational excellence
  • has made significant contributions to the middle level program in his/her school and/or system
  • has exhibited effectiveness as a middle level educator
  • has assumed positions of leadership at the school or system level
  • has developed and/or participated in innovative practices/projects related to the middle level
  • exhibits outstanding communication skills with students, staff, leadership, parents, and the community at large

Who Can Nominate 
Anyone who is a member of GMSA in good standing may nominate an educator in their region.

Who is Eligible  
Any full-time Georgia middle level educator with at least 3 years experience.

Application Requirements 

  • Nomination Application 
  • One page narrative describing the strengths of the educator and how they fit the qualifications for this award
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2017.

Award winners will be notified by December 11, 2017.

Application for Educator of the Year