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Bowen, Hampton Named
to State Advisory Board

Two VEA members have been appointed to represent teachers’ interests on the state’s Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL), which advises the Virginia Board of Education on policies affecting school personnel. The two new members are Bonnie Bowen of the Halifax Education Association and Halifax County Middle School, and Thelma Hampton of the Pulaski County Education Association and Critzer Elementary School.

ABTEL’s current chair is Charlotte Hayer of the Richmond Education Association and Armstrong High School.

Judy Hartley of the Giles Education Association and Sharon Long of the Brunswick County Education Association have been awarded 2012 State Educational Technology Leadership Awards by the Virginia Department of Education, in recognition of their leadership and commitment to innovation.

Pittsylvania Education Association member Jessica M. Jones, a teacher at Chatham Middle School, traveled to Indianapolis in October with a group of her students to accept the 2012 Model of Innovation Award from the National FFA Organization. The Award goes to the five top middle school FFA chapters in the nation. Jones serves as the chapter’s advisor. The Chatham chapter was honored for, among other projects, a program called Low Calorie Drama, designed to provide students with interactive skits to help educate them on locally grown foods, health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle improvements.

Todd Koren, a member of the Education Association of Alexandria and an English teacher at T.C. Williams High School, received a 2012 CARE Award, presented by the Commonwealth Academy Recognition for Educators (CARE). The Award honors outstanding educators who have made significant contributions to the academic success of students with diverse needs and learning differences.

Former Student VEA President Brittany Jones of Henrico County was featured on the Education Votes national website in the lead-up to the November elections. An article and accompany photo showed her going door-to-door in Northern Virginia on behalf of candidates supportive of public education. Jones is currently a graduate student at George Mason University.

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