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Virginia Journal of Education

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Roanoke’s Doyle Named
Virginia's Teacher of the Year

Roanoke Education Association member Stephanie A. Doyle, a sixth grade history teacher at Breckinridge Middle School, has been chosen as Virginia’s 2009 Teacher of the Year.
Doyle, who is in her ninth year of teaching, is known for reaching out to at-risk girls as a mentor. She’s done that on her own since she began teaching, but in the last year she’s made her program official and given it a name: GROW (Girls Rising Onto Womanhood).

Extra help with homework, assistance with social skills, goal-setting, volunteer activities and field trips are all part of what participants in GROW have the opportunity to be involved in, and Doyle is now trying to help the program expand into other Roanoke middle schools.

“Stephanie Doyle is a shining example of Virginia’s many highly qualified, caring teachers who challenge and inspire their students,” says Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright. "Her students are the benefactors of her passion for U.S. history."
For being named Teacher of the Year, Doyle received $7,500 in cash awards, an engraved crystal apple, a classroom technology package, and educational opportunities from several colleges and universities.

Doyle was named Roanoke’s teacher of the year in May and then became Virginia’s Region VI teacher of the year in September. Region VI includes the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Roanoke, and the cities of Covington, Danville, Martinsville, Roanoke and Salem. Now’s that she’s become the state’s Teacher of the Year, Doyle will represent Virginia in the Coucil of Chief State School Officers' National Teacher of the Year competition.



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