Debbie Sasson

A teacher at The Epstein School has received a national award from PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford museum.

Debbie Sasson, a Social Studies teacher, is one of 10 first place winners selected from around the country to receive the Teacher Innovator Award, according to a spokeswoman for PBS.

Sasson was selected for her work using digital media in the classroom. She teaches grades 6 through 8 at the private school, located in Sandy Springs.

Sasson’s entry was a class project on Israel’s contributions to the world, focusing on the country’s innovations and technology.

In one example, students discussed Israel’s drip irrigation system, a method of watering crops that the country has used to help third world countries.

The teacher said she was excited to hear about the award.

“The the thing that makes me the happiest about it is the content of the entry,” Sasson said. “The innovative character of Israel is what’s getting the attention.”

As part of her prize, this summer Sasson will participate in a week long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at the Henry Ford.

For the full list of winners, click here. To see the contest entry, click here.

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