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Virginia Journal of Education


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VEA Members Earn Agnes Meyer Teaching Awards


Each year, the Washington Post honors exceptional men and women in the teaching profession throughout the D.C. metro area through the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, which come with $3,000 cash. This year, eight VEA members were among the honorees. They are: Sandra Slaven of the Education Association of Alexandria and Jefferson-Houston Elementary School; Matthew Tosiello of the Arlington Education Association and Randolph Elementary School; Suzanne Planas of the Falls Church Education Association and George Mason High School; Susan Robertson of the Fauquier Education Association and Greenville Elementary School; David Keller of the Loudoun Education Association and Stone Bridge High School; Sandra Reynolds of the Manassas Education Association and Mayfield Intermediate School; Maryann O’Brien of the Prince William Education Association and Forest Park High School; and David Vita of the Stafford Education Association and Moncure Elementary School.

In addition, three Association members received Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards from the Post: Keisha Boggan of the Education Association of Alexandria and Hammond Middle School; Roger Lee of the Fauquier Education Association and Liberty High School; and Andrew Buchheit of the Prince William Education Association and Bristow Run Elementary School.

Virginia Beach Education Association member Rinyka Allison, the special education department chair at Point O View Elementary School, has been appointed to the Virginia Department of Education’s VMAST (Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test) Review Committee. She will serve a one-year term.

Robert P. Grimesey Jr., superintendent of Orange County Public Schools and a member of the Orange County Education Association, was invited to testify before a Congressional committee. The House Sub-Committee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education invited Dr. Grimesey to Washington in March to testify on the impact of federal regulations on schools at its hearing, “Education Regulations: Burying Schools in Paperwork.”


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