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Virginia Journal of Education

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Five VEA Members
in Top Congressional Cyberlobbyists

Five VEA members were listed among the NEA’s Top 50 cyberlobbyists of 2011, helping to generate over 8,000 phone calls and a half-million e-mails to members of Congress on key education issues. Virginia’s honorees were Timothy Bakner of the Virginia Beach Education Association, Annabel Gunsallus of the Albemarle Education Association, Jim Kline of the Floyd County Education Association, Tina Theurerkauf of the Gloucester Education Association, and Ken Weisman of the Loudoun Education Association.

Mark Bolt, a Fairfax Education Association member and a National Board Certified Teacher at Carson Middle School, was asked to participate in a panel discussion at the White House at an event celebrating the 2011 class of newly-minted NBCTs.

Kimberly Woodby, a member of the Washington County Education Association and a teacher at High Point Elementary School,  has been named the county’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
The Student VEA chapter at Old Dominion University has been awarded two separate grants by the NEA Foundation. One is a $1,000 CLASS (Community Learning through America’s Schools) grant to fund student member-developed educational afterschool activities for students at Young Terrace Community Center in Norfolk. The other is a $1,215 SOAR (Student Organizing and Assistance Resources) grant to help the chapter create a marketing campaign to attract more freshman and sophomore students.

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