Georgia Southern University

Bulloch Academy teacher Carico is winner of Golden Award

A hunger for education  for herself and for her students  led high school English teacher Deborah Carico to win the Golden Award from Georgia Southern University.

Carico is a 12-year teaching veteran who is currently at Bulloch Academy, a private school in Statesboro that serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Golden Award honors the memory of Dorothy Smith Golden, Professor Emerita of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern. It is awarded each February at the annual Student Success in First-Year Composition Conference on the Georgia Southern campus.

‘Deborah was not happy with being solely a classroom teacher; she hungered for education for herself,” former Bulloch Academy teacher Julie Strickland wrote in her nomination of Carico for the award. ‘This desire led her to the Georgia Southern Writing Project Summer Institute, a place where she could collaborate with other teachers of writing, and a place where she could grow as a student of writing.”

Held on Feb. 2, this year’s composition conference attracted high school English teachers and college composition professors from five states. Carico’s presentation at the conference addressed methods of helping students understand literature better through dialogue analysis in writing classes.

To qualify for the Golden Award, a teacher or professor must have at least five years of experience in composition; demonstrate specific techniques, approaches and qualities that make their instruction outstanding; and make a significant contribution beyond the classroom to their school.

According to Strickland, who now works at Georgia Southern, she and Carico introduced online blogs for students throughout Bulloch Academy’s high school to discuss the books they were reading. Carico also recruited campus adults to participate.

‘Everyone on campus, from the office staff to the counselor to the headmaster, was reading and blogging together,” Strickland wrote.

To learn more about the 10th annual Student Success in First-Year Composition Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2008, or to nominate a teacher or professor for the 2008 Golden Award, visit or contact program manager J. Marie Lutz at or (912) 871-1763.

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