The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence recognizes and applauds the outstanding efforts of Tift County teachers. It is the mission of the Foundation to continue to enhance academic excellence for every student.
- The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence has invested almost $500,000 awarding over 480 incentive grants for teachers to put their best ideas into practice.
- $75,000 has been awarded since 1990 to exceptional teachers, with 150 Teachers of the Year recognized and another 160 tapped for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Teachers of Excellence are honored each year by the Foundation with a certificate, a banquet, and a monetary gift. Teachers are nominated by parents and others in the community by completing a nomination sheet and turning it in. Nomination forms can be obtained from the schools.
- The Foundation’s “Reading Capital of the World” initiative continues to provide exceptional opportunities and incentives. The 10-year anniversary and recognition of 3 million AR points was celebrated on October 19, 2007.
- Over 500 teachers and administrators are counted among the Foundation’s present and past patrons. This record gives the Foundation additional leverage in soliciting individual and corporate donations. All donations are tax deductible.
TCFEE members honored Jennifer Moreton Collins posthumously as a teacher of excellence.
Matt Wilson received $1,100 in incentive grants in 2010. Grants supplied high interest/low reading level books for the media center and “Fraction Tower Equivalency Cubes” and “Fraction Tiles" to aid students in their understanding of mathematical concepts.