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Virginia Journal of Education

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Bristol’s Talley Inducted into National Hall


Ben Talley, a longtime science teacher at Van Pelt Elementary School and a member of the Bristol Virginia Education Association, is among only five educators nationwide to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2015. He’s got 24 years of classroom experience and is also the author of several books, including “The Game My Father Taught Me,” which has sold nearly 11,000 copies since its 2007 publication. Talley, who has received numerous local teaching awards, is also a GED instructor at the Bristol Virginia Jail.

The NTHF was founded in 1989 by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, and promotes education by drawing public attention to amazing educators in the U.S. through the induction program, a museum and a resource center.

Education Association of Alexandria member Debra Lindsay, a music teacher at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, was also among the 10 national finalists for induction into the Hall this year.

Jeannine Pregler Chewning, a member of the Henrico Education Association and a U.S. Government and Politics teacher at Henrico High School, has won the John Marshall Foundation’s Annual Teacher Award.
The Award honors excellence in understanding and teaching the U.S. Constitution, and includes a $2500 cash prize, and Chewning received it from The Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Three VEA members have been honored by the Virginia Lottery as 2015 Super Teachers. They are: Ruth Prattis of the Education Association of Norfolk and Camp Allen Elementary School; Sherri Shupe of the Salem Education Association and Andrew Lewis Middle School; and Anne Straume of the Albemarle Education Association and Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.

 The Super Teacher Awards honor excellence in K-12 public school teaching and come with a $2000 cash prize and a $2000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Co.

Chesterfield Education Association member Pamela Hooper, who teaches special education at Bird High School, was named the county’s High School Beginning Teacher of the Year for the 2014-15 school year.



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