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Virginia Journal of Education

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VEA members earn honors from Art Association

The Virginia Art Education Association has bestowed honors on two association members: Lisa Levine, a Richmond Education Association member and art teacher at Miles Jones Elementary School, was named the state's Elementary School Art Teacher of the Year, and Dianna Hale, a member of the Montgomery County Education Association and an art teacher at Auburn Middle School, was selected the Middle School Art Teacher of the Year.

Judith Greathouse, a member of the Frederick County Education Association and the county's coordinator of gifted programs, has been named to the Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted.

Two VEA members were inadvertently left off a recent listing in this column of teachers who earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Jack Lane, a member of the Arlington Education Association and an ESL teacher at Williamsburg Middle School, received certification in English as a New Language, Early Adolescent to Young Adult; and Linda G. Andrews, a member of the Manassas Education Association and a reading teacher at Grace E. Metz Middle School, received certification as a Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. We apologize for the omissions.

Student Briana Paxton of Massanutten Regional Governor's School in Mt. Jackson, and her sponsoring teacher, Donna Shafer, a Shenandoah County Education Association member, each received $2,500 second prizes in the 2007 "Being an American" essay contest, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute.

Several VEA members from around the state have earned recent national attention for their on-the-job efforts, and have been featured in NEA Today, the NEA's magazine. Among the Virginians in the spotlight are Valerie Petrey of the Loudoun Education Association, Movita Utt of the Carroll Education Association, and Kacey Cronin of the Arlington Education Association.


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