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Virginia Journal of Education


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Susan Jones Named Wythe County Teacher of the Year



Susan Jones
, a member of the Wythe County Education Association and a fifth-grade teacher at Spiller Elementary School, has been named the county’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year. The award is given by the county school system and the chamber of commerce.

Members of the Washington County Education Association were selected as the county’s Teachers of the Year at all three levels for 2014-15. The winners are: Elementary Teacher of the Year Jennifer Cole, of Meadowview Elementary; Middle School Teacher of the Year Amy West Humphreys, of E.B. Stanley Middle; and Secondary Teacher of the Year Katrina Wise, of the Neff Center campus.

Three VEA members from the southwestern part of the state have been named finalists for the 2015 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence, which are given annually to educators in certain parts of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Among the finalists for the two $25,000 awards are Glen Chilcote of the Montgomery County Education Association and Kipps Elementary School; Charlene Gross of the Washington County Education Association and E.B. Stanley Middle School; and Tina Tapp of the Radford Education Association and Radford High School.

Kari King of the Henrico Education Association and Dumbarton Elementary School, picked up a $75 check in the county’s “Un-Initiative” contest, which was a chance for educators to suggest ways for schools to operate more effectively by “taking something off the plate.” King suggested eliminating a procedure that required duplicate documentation.

Three of the National Education Association’s top 50 cyberlobbyists in the U.S. last year were VEA members. Congrats and thanks for all the effort go out to Annabel Gunsallus of VEA-Retired, Linda Knowlton of the Williamsburg/James City Education Association, and Rosemary Walker of the Lee County Education Association. NEA estimates that members sent over 150,000 emails to members of Congress in 2014.


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