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Stafford’s Kelish Wins Presidential Science Award

Sandra Kelish
, a member of the Stafford Education Association and a science teacher at Rocky Run Elementary School, has won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teaching in those fields. She is the only science winner from Virginia and one of only 41 science teachers nationwide to receive the award.

 The Presidential Awards alternate between elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) teachers each year, and awardees receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition ceremonies and professional development activities.

 Charlottesville Education Association member Christine Esposito, lead social studies teacher at Walker Upper Elementary School, has been chosen as Virginia’s 2009 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year. The award is given by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and comes with a $1,000 honorarium. Esposito also serves as a sponsor for the after-school Extended Day Generates Excellence (EDGE) program, a peer mentor, and co-sponsor of the Student Council Association.

Kathy Lehman, of the Chesterfield Education Association and Thomas Dale High School, was a member of a national panel convened by the Library of Congress and charged with developing a new professional development curriculum for K-12 educators. The curriculum was formally released in June.

Five VEA members have been honored by the Virginia Lottery as part of its “Super Teacher” program, which honors public school teachers for their dedication and commitment. Winners include Joseph Hicks of the Albemarle Education Association, Diane Healy of the Chesterfield Education Association, Carloyn Wojtera of the Radford Education Association, Joel Block of the Falls Church City Education Association, and Sharon Carino of the Gloucester Education Association. All received a $2,000 check from the Lottery and a $2,000 credit for classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies.

Tazewell Education Association member Bethany Carr, a teacher at Richlands Middle School, has been named the county’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.



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