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Cumberland Member Earns National Environmental Award

Cumberland County Education Association member Angela Whittaker, a science teacher at the county’s high and middle school, has received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. She is one of only 17 teachers nationwide to earn this honor, which is in recognition of her efforts to foster environmentalism among her students and to provide interactive experiences for them in areas such as energy, land use and sustainable development. The Award is given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In partnership with the community, Whittaker developed the Education for Sustainability program, and has developed courses on green building design and renewable technologies. Her students also grow food used in the school’s cafeteria and cooking class, as well as a local food bank.

Three members of the Education Association of Alexandria were honored by their school division for stellar work with special education students. Angie Moran was named Outstanding Paraprofessional, Dana Payton was chosen as the Outstanding Secondary Special Educator, and Katie Dorgan was selected Outstanding Elementary Special Educator.

VEA-Retired member Bea Morris of Harrisonburg was recently named the Most Active Member of the Virginia Retired Teachers Association, an organization that many VEA-R members also join. She retired in 1995, but has remained in leadership roles in the legislative and other activities of both Associations, as well as serving in a local food bank and a coalition of Valley-area churches.

Several Association members were featured in the Fall 2014 edition of NEA Today. In a story entitled “Busting the Mid-Semester Slump,” Chesterfield member Angelique Clarke and Chesapeake member Toney McNair offered advice for colleagues, and Prince William member Justin Kern weighed in on school funding in a piece called “It Just Doesn’t Add Up.”



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