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Three VEA Members Named 2013 Regional Teachers of the Year


Three Association members have been named 2013 Regional Teachers of the Year by the Virginia Department of Education and will be among the finalists for the State Teacher of the Year. They are:

• Suzanne M. Sherman of the King William Education Association, a second grade teacher at Cool Spring Primary School;

• Lydia L. Stewart of the Prince William Education Association, a special education teacher at Osbourn Park High School; and

• David W. Webb Jr. of the Bedford County Education Association, an instrumental music teacher at Jefferson Forest High School.

Candidates were nominated by their school divisions and submitted portfolios highlighting their work, educational approaches and community service. Winners were notified during surprise classroom visits.

Education Association of Alexandria member Beulah Willis-Brown, a business teacher at T.C. Williams High School, has been chosen as a recipient of the Gold Star Teacher Award for her students’ success on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test, the only Department of Education-approved industry certification test for finance in Virginia.  She will honored at the W!SE MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy in New York City on Nov. 6.

Mark Burkett of the Smyth County Education Association and Northwood Middle School, has been named the county’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year.

Thomas Taylor of the Charlottesville Education Association and Robert Grimesey Jr. of the Orange County Education Association received 2012 Outstanding Alumni Awards from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Taylor, principal of Charlottesville High School, was named Outstanding Principal, and Grimesey, superintendent in Orange County, was selected Outstanding Superintendent.


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