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Alexandria Member Earns National Social Work Award

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez,
a member of the Education Association of Alexandria, has become the only school social worker from Virginia in 50 years to win the National Social Worker of the Year Award. She works at Charles Barrett Elementary School and is known for her success in turning around students who are gang members and for establishing a program called Latino Youth for Excellence to help create healthier relationships and environments for students.
Prince William Education Association member Angie Wytovich, a second grade teacher at Buckland Mills Elementary School, got a Milken Educator Award during a surprise assembly at school. The Award comes with a check for $25,000 and is in recognition of excellence in the classroom.

Six VEA members from Northern Virginia have been honored by The Washington Post with 2015 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards. Among this year’s honorees are Dahlia Constantine of the Arlington Education Association, a third grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School; Lisa Hill of the Manassas Park Education Association, a language arts and math teacher at Manassas Park Middle School; Nan Hof of the Falls Church City Education Association, a kindergarten teacher at Mt. Daniel Elementary School; Mark Hughes of the Stafford Education Association, an art and photojournalism teacher at Mountain View High School; Arvinder Johri of the Prince William Education Association, a creative writing and literature teacher at New Directions Alternative Education Center; and Maria Magallanes of the Education Association of Alexandria, a teacher at Cora Kelly Elementary School for Math, Science and Technology.

Nicole Winter, a member of the Chesterfield Education Association and a social studies teacher at Cosby High School, has received the 2015 Dr. Judy Flythe Teacher Leader Award and the $500 scholarship that comes with it. The Award honors the former director of staff development in Chesterfield County and recognizes teachers who “lead from the classroom.”



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