BY JAMES HARPER
Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) announced last month that Douglass High School teacher Corendis Hardy was one of 10 Atlanta Public Schools educators named 2013 AFAEE winners. It is an award that recognizes and honors outstanding educators in the school system.
Hardy is a 1983 graduate of Spruce Creek High School and is the daughter of Vivian M. Brown of Daytona Beach and the late Roy Raines.
Hardy currently teaches French and world literature. She has a Master of Science degree in education and a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction.
Money for program
AFAEE worked quietly with Douglass administrators to surprise Hardy with the award.
The shocked teacher received balloons, an oversized check for $7,500 and T-shirts for her students. The $7,500 monetary award includes $1,500 to fund a professional development opportunity, a $2,500 personal stipend and $3,500 to fund her Language Enrichment Program.
“I plan to use the money for a literacy program, perhaps also books on tape and other reading materials needed to support student learning,’’ she stated.
From Orlando to Atlanta
Hardy began her service with Atlanta Public Schools 15 years ago after leaving Orange County Public Schools in Orlando. For eight years, she taught an exploratory world languages course and was selected to teach in the “Literacy Project,” a special program that focuses on correcting reading deficiencies for at-risk students.
During her tenure with Atlanta Public Schools, Hardy was featured on an episode of APS Today, highlighting foreign language educators. She also served as a teacher/mentor for Metro-RESA during the 2010-2011 school year.
She presented a professional development workshop titled Didactic Games in a World Language Classroom and was a member of the Student Learning Objectives and Assessments team for French I.
Hardy also organized and hosted the first Atlanta Public Schools French Spelling Bee for middle school students as well as an African Heritage Trivia Contest.