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Winning the TOP Award for Excellence in Education is just the beginning. Our awardees are invited to join our Teacher Leader Collective program giving them the opportunity for advanced professional development, access to ongoing collaboration and knowledge-sharing and eligibility to apply for mini-grants to sponsor additional educational project goals. 

Teacher leader collective core values

Every child can learn when educators engage them with high-quality instruction that is differentiated to meet their needs.

Excellent teaching and leadership can be modeled and developed through meaningful collaboration.

Excellent educators have a responsibility to cultivate a community of learners among their peers to positively impact student achievement.

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teacher leader collective

Tracey Pendley

'18 Teacher Winner, President

Jennifer Blodgett

'18 Teacher Winner, Treasurer

Soo Son

'17 Teacher Winner, Secretary

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Teacher leader collective IMPACT

Summit Each year, the TLC Leadership Team hosts an annual summit inviting all past TOP Teacher Award recipients. This professional learning event is an opportunity to network with fellow educators, discuss issues of importance, and share best practices on the successful delivery of a 21st century education.

ECET2 This national conference invites teachers from across the country to organize local ECET2 meetups with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to collaborate, support, and learn from one another. TOP hosted this regional conference in 2014, 2015, and in December of of 2018. Learn more about TOP's ECET2 Atlanta convening.

MINI GRANTS Each year, the TLC leadership team offers mini grants to past winners to extend the life of a past award-winning project, to implement a new project, or to offer professional development to impact educators.


TLC members continue to expand their impact in their school community, and beyond.  In addition to serving on local school governance teams and parent/teacher associations, TLC members are active members in community, state and national organizations.

Below are the many organizations with which our Teacher Leader Collective are involved: 

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

  • American Choral Directors Association

  • American Educational Research Association

  • Association for Middle Level Education

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • Atlanta BeltLine Partnership 

  • Atlanta Early Childhood Education Counsel

  • Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education Advisory Council

  • Atlanta Public Schools English Language Arts Ambassador

  • Atlanta Public Schools Fine Arts Teacher Leader 

  • Atlanta Public Schools Teacher Advisory Council

  • Atlanta Speech School Board of Advisors

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus

  • Breakthrough Atlanta

  • Building Excellent Schools

  • Charles R. Drew Charter School Board of Directors

  • Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators

  • District Aspiring Leader Program

  • Friends of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oglethorpe University

  • Georgia Association for Gifted Children

  • Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals

  • Georgia CAN

  • Georgia Charter Schools Association Board of Directors

  • Georgia Charter Schools Association Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

  • Georgia Department of Education Science Ambassadors

  • Georgia Music Educators Association

  • Georgia Science Teachers Association

  • Georgia State University Advisory Board

  • Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development Advancement Council

  • Georgia State University/Tucson Unified School District Collaborative

  • Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Girl Scouts of America

  • Greenhouse Scholars

  • Hands On Atlanta Advisory Board

  • High Museum of Art / Green Family Learning Center

  • Imagine It — The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Program Advisory Board

  • International Literacy Association

  • International Society for Technology in Education

  • Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Advisory Council

  • Kodaly Educators of Georgia

  • LEAD Atlanta

  • Leadership Gwinnett

  • National Art Educator’s Association

  • National Association for Music Educators

  • National Association of Gifted Children

  • National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Outstanding Atlanta

  • Professional Association of Georgia Educators

  • Project South

  • Reigning Hope Foundation Board of Directors

  • Science for All Generations through Environment Stewardship

  • Teach for America Alumni

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