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Virginia Journal of Education

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F’burg’s Hawkins Wins National Health Award

Catherine S. Hawkins, a member of the Fredericksburg Education Association and an elementary health education teacher at Lafayette Upper Elementary School, has been chosen as the 2008 Health Education Professional of the Year, K-12, by the American Association for Health Education.

In her over 30 years of teaching in Fredericksburg, Hawkins has served as the school system’s lead educator in health, physical education and driver education and was the department chair for those areas at James Monroe High School for five years.

Six Association members are among the 2008 recipients of the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, which are presented by The Washington Post to exceptional educators in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia area.

Virginia’s winners include Barbara A. Dennee of the Fauquier Education Association and P.B. Smith Elementary School; Patricia Herr of the Loudoun Education Association and Smart’s Mill Middle School; Beth Lepp of the Stafford Education Association and Garrisonville Elementary School; Wesley McCune of the Education Association of Alexandria and John Adams Elementary School; Ward John Merritt of the Arlington Education Association and Randolph Elementary School; and Michelle Ohanian of the Fairfax Education Association and Mountain View Alternative High School.

Winners received $3,000 and a crystal apple.

Clarence Fairbrother, a member of the Fairfax Education Association and a math teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School, is among only 53 teachers across the U.S. to win the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Junior High Mathematics Teaching. The award is given by the Mathematical Association of America.

Two VEA members are among those honored by the Consortium of Interactive Instruction, which is sponsored by WHRO-TV in Norfolk and represents nearly 280,000 students and 24,000 teachers in eastern Virginia. Williamsburg/James City Education Association member Ron Trainum, a health and physical education teacher at Toano Middle School was named the Middle School Technology Educator of the Year, and Anthony Vladu of the Newport News Education Association and Heritage High School took home the high school honor.



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