Let’s be frank: Education is no strong suit for the city of Atlanta, still reeling from a massive school cheating scandal. Nor, for that matter, do schools garner bragging rights in the state of Georgia, which consistently ranks low on standardized tests and graduation rates. So it was with some trepidation that we decided to focus the third annual Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards on education and learning. But as our reporting team looked at success stories—from preschool classes to post-doc research—we found reasons for optimism.
The eleven members of Groundbreakers, class of 2014, contribute to making us collectively smarter, and serve as examples to their peers.