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Prince George’s Waugaman Earns National Award

Chris Waugaman
, a member of the Prince George Education Association and a journalism teacher and media adviser at Prince George High School, has been named the 2014 High School Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Dow Jones News Fund.

A journalism teacher for 17 years, Waugaman serves as the adviser to both the school’s student newspaper, The Royal News, and the student news website,

He received the award, which included a laptop computer for his classroom, at the National High School Journalism Convention in November and, in his honor, a graduating senior at Prince George will receive a $1,000 scholarship this spring.

Education Association of Alexandria member Ra Alim Shabazz, a history and government teacher at T.C. Williams High School, has been presented with the John Marshall Foundation’s annual Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching the U.S. Constitution. It’s an annual, statewide honor that comes with a $2,500 cash prize.
Three Association members who are art teachers have been honored by the Virginia Art Education Association. James W. Herd of the Chesterfield Education Association and Swift Creek Elementary School was named Elementary Art Educator of the Year; Pamela G. Rose of the Roanoke County Education Association and Glenvar Middle School won in the Middle School Division; and Andrea L. Stuart of the Warren County Education Association and Warren County High School was selected Secondary Art Educator of the Year.

Three Richmond-area VEA members have earned grants to pursue some of their education dreams from the R.E.B. Foundation and The Community Foundation. Rebecca Field of the Henrico Education Association and Douglas Freeman High School received $10,000 to travel to Spain and France to study art and architecture; Stephanie Latrice Hooks of the Richmond Education Association and Ginter Park Elementary School got $11,500 to trace the life of Frederick Douglass in Maryland, New York and Europe; and Gregory L. McCallum of the Richmond Education Association and Richmond Community High School will use his $8,000 grant to study the development of jazz in New Orleans and its spread to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and New York.


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