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Richmond’s Waller Earns Virginia Teaching Honor


Latonya E. Waller, a member of the Richmond Education Association and a science teacher at Lucille M. Brown Middle School, has been named Virginia’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. She was selected from among eight regional teachers of the year from around the commonwealth and will now become Virginia’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year program.

Waller, a product of Richmond Public Schools and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, is now in her 10th year of teaching and has been at Brown Middle for five of those years. She teaches sixth- and eighth-grade science and is chair of the school’s science department. In addition, she coaches Brown’s “Mind Games” team and sponsors clubs in science, engineering and forensics.
 
Last year, she won a local honor, the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence, which came with a grant that enabled her to travel to Hawaii and Iceland to observe landforms and geological phenomena. As Virginia’s new Teacher of the Year, she received a $5,000 check and a ring from the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation; $2,500 from a Richmond law firm; a classroom technology package; and an engraved crystal apple, among other prizes.

“Ms. Waller is very passionate about teaching and it shows in every aspect of her life,” says Angela Dews, president of the Richmond Education Association. “I have worked with her on different committees and I can truly say she is a teacher who always wants to do what is best for the children and teachers of Richmond. She is an extraordinary educator and a great asset to the teaching profession.”

The 2011 National Teacher of the Year will be announced next spring during a ceremony at the White House.

 


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