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Portsmouth, Fairfax Members
Earn National Honors

Portsmouth Education Association member LaKeshia Ames, a fourth-grade teacher at Churchland Primary and Intermediate School, has received a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which includes a check for $25,000.

Ames has served on the school’s improvement team and the math, science and social studies committees.

The Milken award honors teachers and administrators for innovation and excellence in public education. Ames is the 38th Virginian honored since the awards began in 1999.

Daina S. Lieberman, a member of the Fairfax Education Association and an English teacher at South Lakes High School, has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK International. The organization’s Emerging Leader program honors top educators under 40 for their leadership and accomplishments, and selected only 22 recipients this year.

Lieberman is a National Board Certified Teacher and has also served as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant.
Newport News Education Association member Meg Wiggins, a science teacher at Woodside High School was featured in a story in USA Today in October, along with her Advanced Placement Biology class. The article dealt with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and AP classes.
Two VEA-Retired members were recently featured in NEA publications for their political activism. Both Bruce Smith, of Prince William County, and Marjorie Clark, of Chesterfield County, appeared in This Active Life, NEA’s national magazine for retired members.


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