DeKalb Schools employees awarded for multimedia, documentary work

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Georgia Pre-K Teacher of the Year, Johnathon Hines , works with his students at Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology in Atlanta on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. His Teacher of the Year honor showed his pivot from a lifelong dream of playing professional basketball to a goal of showing little black boys and girls that black people can be successful outside of sports and entertainment. He’s also the first black man in the state to receive the honor. PHOTO BY PHIL SKINNER

By Marlon A. Walker

The DeKalb County School District’s communications department was honored for its original programming, including a piece the department produced on Georgia Pre-K Teacher of the Year Johnathon Hines, a DeKalb teacher.

The district received a silver Telly Award for The Bridge, an entertainment show produced by the district, and a bronze Telly Award for its documentary on Hines.

The Telly Awards recognize local, regional and cable television content and commercials annually, and continue to expand its reach as digital and broadcast media continue to evolve. They are given in dozens of categories, with winners receiving either gold, silver or bronze awards for their work.

“Our production team and students have worked incredibly hard to create programming that empowers, entertains and educates the DeKalb community,” said Portia Kirkland, the district’s interim director of communication and a producer for DeKalb Schools TV.

DeKalb County and DeKalb County Fire Rescue also were honored with Telly Awards for work they did in 2019.

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