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Four VEA Members
Honored by The
Washington Post

Four Association members have been awarded 2012 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards in the annual program sponsored by The Washington Post. The Awards honor a teacher in each school division in the metropolitan DC area for excellence in the classroom, and come with a $3,000 check.

Among the winners are Sarah Kiyak of the Education Association of Alexandria and T.C. Williams High School; Laurell Wiersma of the Arlington Education Association and Wakefield High School; Dawn Woolley of the Manassas Park Education Association and Cougar Elementary School; and Lydia Stewart of the Prince William Education Association and Osbourn Park High School.
Deborah Blessing, a member of the Bland County Education Association and a teacher at Bland Elementary School, has been named the county’s Teacher of the Year. Among the finalists for the honor was BCEA member Debra Williamson of Rocky Gap Elementary School.

Four members of the Fairfax Education Association have received grants from the NEA Foundation to launch classroom projects. Leslie Chekin and Michelle Picard of Annandale High School will use a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant to create “Theatre Without Borders,” and Christine Prahl and Alma Haygood of Mount Vernon Elementary School will turn a similar grant, for $5,000, into a parental involvement program.

Two VEA members, Lee Dorman of Arlington and Peter Koehler-Pfotenhauer of Spotsylvania, were singled out in a recent issue of NEA Today for their valuable work in political activism.
Judy Hounshell, a former Lee County teacher and librarian and a VEA-Retired member, has been inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University Educator’s Hall of Fame. She worked in Lee County schools for 35 years.

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