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Atlanta teacher wins national award
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Atlanta teacher wins national award

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta teacher was recently recognized for his dedication by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Darnell Fine is one of only five teachers nationwide to win the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching.

He will receive the honor Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.

Fine teaches 6th and 7th grade humanities and is a K-8 multicultural coordinator at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School in Grant Park. He makes a point of building relationships with his students' families and acknowledges the value of home cultures in academic performance.

"In my classroom, inclusion isn't limited to celebrating cultural differences," Fine said, adding that he creates space for students to "express their multiple perspectives."

Fine earned a bachelor's degree in African studies from Brown University and also holds teaching certification in history and social studies.

The Atlanta teacher and his fellow honorees will each receive a $1,000 award, and video of their teaching techniques will be used to create professional development resources for educators across the country.

"These educators have demonstrated remarkable skill for teaching and inspiring students from diverse backgrounds," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "We hope this award not only recognizes these talented teachers but provides other educators with tools they can use in their classrooms."

Learn more about the Teaching Tolerance Award at edweek.org.

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