Georgia educators experience how Parris Island makes Marines

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (41NBC/WMGT) – Hundreds of educators from across the nation, including a few from Georgia, took a week off to travel to Parris Island, South Carolina, where Marines are made.

The goal of the annual Educators Workshop is for teachers and coaches to use the experience, and pass on the knowledge to their students who may be interested in joining to the Marine Corps.

41NBCs Taylor Terrell traveled to Parris Island to see how civilians earn the title of Marine.

Some teachers said the first-hand experience was intense, tough and inspiring.

Dozens of educators took part in the week-long adventure learning the ropes through basic training exercises, Marine Corps history lessons and interacting directly with recruits and drill instructors.

Most of the teachers say they now have more respect for the young men and women who make it through training to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor..

Assistant track coach for Druid Hills High School, Audrey Poole believes it’s a lesson she can bring back to her athletes.

"Hard work does pay off if you put forth the effort you keep trying don’t give up, you’ll accomplish something in the end,” says Poole.

Other teachers plan to take the lessons learned to inspire their kids to have a better future.

"The self discipline that it teaches will help them carry on into any walk of life that they choose both professionally and personally," says Kennesaw Mountain High School teacher, Erin Dale.

Click here to learn more about the Educators’ Workshop.

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(478) 745-4141 Taylor Terrell joined the 41NBC news team in August 2013. Taylor was born in Atlanta, raised in Conyers, Georgia, and now welcomes Middle Georgia as her new home. She got her start in news at 41NBC as an intern in May 2013. Taylor’s passion to tell stories that matter landed her a full-time position as a multimedia journalist with the station. On the weekends, Taylor produces and anchors the Sunday night newscast at 11 p.m. Taylor graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Relations, with a minor in Journalism. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). When she’s not working hard to find Middle Georgia’s news, you can find Taylor cooking, traveling or spending time with close family and friends. She welcomes all ideas and stories. If you have any, let her know at tterrell@41nbc.com.