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Virginia Journal of Education

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Six VEA Members Named Regional Teachers of the Year

Six Virginia Education Association members  have been selected as Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year for 2010-11, honored for their outstanding work in the classroom by the Virginia Department of Education. The Virginia Teacher of the Year will be chosen later this fall. Among the regional honorees are:

Diana D. Blanton of the Giles Education Association, a biology teacher at Giles High School;

Karen J. Drosinos of the Virginia Beach Education Association, a kindergarten teacher at Pembroke Elementary School;

Gregory A. Feducia of the Stafford Education Association, an 11th grade International Baccalaureate English and gifted resource teacher at Mountain View High School;

Colette Fraley of the Arlington Education Association, an 11th grade social studies teacher at Wakefield High School;

LaTonya E. Waller of the Richmond Education Association, an Earth and life science teacher at Lucille Brown Middle School;

Janice C. Wiley of the Lynchburg Education Association, an early childhood special education teacher at Hutcherson Early Learning Center.

Each regional winner was chosen from nominees submitted by school divisions, and each submitted a portfolio highlighting their professional accomplishments, educational philosophy and community activities. The individual chosen as Virginia’s 2010-11 Teacher of the Year will go on to be the commonwealth’s entrant in the National Teacher of the Year program.

VEA Vice President Meg Gruber, a high school science teacher in Prince William County, has been selected to serve on the Educator’s Leadership Group of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. The Educator’s Group will be developing classroom resources related to events at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Alicia Deel, a member of the Buchanan Education Association and a teacher at Grundy High School, has had lesson plans published in two books: More Best Practices for High School Classrooms: What Award-Winning Secondary Teachers Do and More Best Practices for Middle School Classrooms: What Award-Winning Teachers Do.



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