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Virginia Journal of Education

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VEA members earn national, state honors

Two association members earned $25,000 each as Virginia's winners of the 2007 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. The Award honors exceptional teaching, outstanding student achievement, student motivation and potential for leadership. The commonwealth's winners are Kimberly L. Colbert, a member of the Richmond Education Association and a biology and life science teacher at Fred D. Thompson Middle School; and Amy Macaleer, a member of the Prince William Education Association and a math teacher at Battlefield High School.

Colbert also serves on her school's Virginia Grade Level Assessment Team and is the school's 2007 Teacher of the Year; Macaleer was also nominated for the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. They join 27 other Virginia educators who have won Milken Educator Awards since the state began participating in 1999.

Five association members were named Regional Teachers of the Year in the Virginia Department of Education's 2008 Teacher of the Year program, in recognition of their professional accomplishments and community activities. They are:

. Wanda R. Bass, a member of the Prince Edward Education Association and a special education teacher at Prince Edward County High School;

. Suzanne W. Lank, a member of the Education Association of Alexandria and a literacy teacher at Matthew Maury Elementary School;

. Charlotte T. "Dee" Strauss, a member of the King George Education Association and a marketing education teacher at King George High School;

. Tabitha L. Strickler, a member of the Colonial Heights Education Association and an English teacher at Colonial Heights High School; and

. Erin O. Wigginton, a member of the Pulaski County Education Association and a social sciences teacher at Pulaski County High School.


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