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Virginia Journal of Education

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Falls Church Teacher Earns National Honor From the Grammys

Mary Jo West
, a member of the Falls Church Education Association and a music teacher at George Mason High School, was one of nine finalists nationally for the first annual Music Educator Award, presented by the Grammy Foundation and the Recording Academy. The Award recognizes educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to music education and who have demonstrated a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

West will receive a $1,000 honorarium and her school will get a matching grant.

Education Association of Alexandria member Stephanie Chlebus, a teacher at Charles Barrett Elementary School, is one of two Virginia teachers to receive the 2013-14 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Given by the National Science Foundation, the Award comes with $10,000 and a certificate signed by the president, and is presented during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Five VEA members were among the top 50 most active NEA cyberlobbyists in the U.S. for 2013--only Pennsylvania had more members in the top 50. Special thanks to Annabel Gunsallus, a retired Albemarle County member; Joy Kirk of Frederick County; Tina Theuerkauf of Gloucester County; Rosemary Walker of Lee County; and Ken Weisman of Loudoun County, for their diligence in contacting legislators on behalf of public schools.

Five VEA members have received Student Achievement Grants from the NEA Foundation to fund innovative classroom projects. Karen Ciotta and Deborah McEaddy of the Newport News Education Association and Lauren Foster of the Loudoun Education Association were awarded $2,000, while Janice McCurdy and Cheryl Clarke of the Prince William Education Association got $5,000.

Ciotta and McEaddy’s project will create STEM education opportunities for English Language Learners; Foster’s will help struggling elementary school readers; and McCurdy and Clarke will target high-schoolers who struggle with phonics.





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