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Virginia Journal of Education

EAA Member Hoeflich Earns National Honor

Stacy Hoeflich, a member of the Education Association of Alexandria and a fourth-grade social studies teacher at John Adams Elementary School, has been named the 2011 National History Teacher of the Year. The award, co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY (formerly The History Channel) and Preserve America, comes with $10,000.

Hoeflich received the award in a ceremony at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, N.Y., which was attended by, among others, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Alexandria students, and the teacher nominees from each state. The award is in recognition of Hoeflich’s commitment to teaching American history and going beyond state standards while using primary documents, artifacts, historic sites and other primary materials.

In addition to her teaching duties, Hoeflich serves as an Educational Consultant to the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Members of the Bedford County Education Association swept the school division’s teaching honors for 2011. Dana Linkenhoker, BCEA’s immediate past president and a sixth-grade teacher at Staunton River Middle School, was named the county’s Teacher of the Year. Ameka R. Cruz of Jefferson Forest High School is the county’s High School Teacher of the Year, and Vicky H. Pratt of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is the Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Richmond Education Association member Shauna Carney, a teacher at John Marshall High School, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation. Learning and Leadership Grants are to support high-quality professional development and Carney will use hers to pursue national board certification.

Debra Kay Robinson Lindsay, a member of the Fairfax Education Association and music teacher, was named an Abraham Lincoln Fellow and attended a special training in Illinois. She was also the 2011 conductor for the All Virginia Chorus and had her latest book Lessons in American Music, Volume 11, published earlier this year.



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