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Roanoke County’s Sizemore Wins McGlothlin Award

Roanoke County Education Association member Steven Sizemore, a sixth grade history teacher at William Byrd Middle School, has been named a recipient of the 2010 McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence. The Awards are presented annually by the McGlothlin Foundation to honor outstanding teachers in the region covering southwest Virginia and parts of Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Sizemore received $25,000, of which $10,000 must be spent on international travel.

Among the finalists for the Awards were Larry Elkins of the Montgomery County Education Association and Sharon Hill of the Roanoke County Education Association. They received checks for $1,000.

Catherine Best, a member of the Bristol Virginia Education Association and a teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, received the city’s 2009-10 Rotary Outstanding Teacher Award, which includes a $2,500 cash award and $500 toward classroom supplies.

Roanoke Education Association member Stephanie Doyle, the 2009 Virginia Teacher of the Year, is one of 55 state Teachers of the Year who contributed a story to the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales.

Another association member producing literary works for publication is Rebecca Elswick of the Buchanan Education Association, a teacher at Grundy High School, who has had short stories published in publications ranging from A Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers II to The Literary Journal of the Virginia Writing Project.

Laura Reasoner Jones, a member of the Fairfax Education Association and a technology specialist, has published a book entitled, The All-Wise Being: A Tale of God and Republicans. It’s the story of an Indiana farm boy who rises to the state legislature, and is available on

Shenandoah County Education Association member Deborah Litten, assistant principal at Stonewall Jackson High School and a former basketball star at Bridgewater College, has been elected to that institution’s Athletic Hall of Fame.



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