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Virginia Journal of Education


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Four Honored as Regional Teachers of the Year


Four Association members have been selected as 2015 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year, learning of their recognition during recent surprise school visits. Among the winners, who are now eligible for the statewide Teacher of the Year honor, are:

• Tara L. Brunyansky of the Chesterfield Education Association, a chemistry teacher at James River High School.

• Kelly S. Jones of the Greensville Education Association, a history and sociology teacher at Greensville County High School.

• Mark T. Merz of the Smyth County Education Association, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Oak Point Elementary School.

• Jennifer H. Worrell of the Gloucester Education Association, a fourth grade teacher at Petsworth Elementary School.

Education Association of Alexandria member Veronica Long-Boles has been named the Middle School Business Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Business Education Association. She teaches business and information technology at Francis C. Hammond Middle School.

Four VEA members have earned grants from the NEA Foundation to support their work in the classroom:

• Fairfax Education Association member Catherine McCabe, a special education teacher at Mantua Elementary School, who received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant to attend a Math Recovery conference. She’ll share the information in her school division upon her return.

• Leon Reed, a member of the Prince William Education Association and a social studies teacher at Woodbridge Senior High School, who received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant to conduct research in Turkey and Italy on the Roman and Byzantine civilizations.

• Roanoke Education Association members Denise Wilson and Lisa Altizer of Fairview Elementary School, who received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant to use tablets to introduce students to Quick Response (QR) codes.


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