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Two Alexandria Members Honored For Their Work

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez
, a member of the Education Association of Alexandria and a school social worker at Charles Barrett Elementary School, has been named the 2014 Social Worker of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

“She works tirelessly, with boundless enthusiasm, to support our students and their families,” says Charles Barrett Principal Seth Kennard. “She has created support groups for parents, as well as a mentoring program pairing students with police officers, firefighters and teachers to serve the needs of our community. We are so lucky to have her.”

EAA member Amy Creed, who teaches in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at T.C. Williams High School, received the “Making a Difference” Award from the Alexandria Commission for Women.

Creed, now in her 11th year in Alexandria schools, was honored for her contributions to Space of Her Own, an organization that uses mentorship and arts instruction to provide at-promise girls with social, emotional, academic and creative enrichment. She became a mentor for the organization in 2004 and today serves as president of its Board of Directors.

The NEA Foundation awards over 150 grants to educators annually, and chooses several exemplary programs to highlight on its website. Among those currently featured is Fairfax Education Association member Leslie Chekin, who earned a grant for her “Shakespeare Without Borders” project. You can read about it at

Sara Casey, a member of the King George Education Association and a second grade teacher at Sealston Elementary School, is featured in the 2014 edition of Tomorrow’s Teachers, a national publication from NEA aimed at student members. Casey, who relocated from Pennsylvania to take her first teaching job, is one of three rookie teachers profiled in an article on getting your first classroom position. Also featured in the edition is a photo of Student VEA members Stephanie Ryan and Joseph Jones in an article about political involvement, along with quotes in the same article by SVEA President Daniel Hendrix.


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