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Blue Ridge PBS announces McGlothlin Awards 2014 semi-finalists

Eighteen teachers vie for $54,000 in prestigious prizes

McGlothlin Award

(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS announced today that 18 outstanding teachers from across the Blue Ridge region remain in the running for the prestigious 2014 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Among the largest teaching prizes in the U.S., the two McGlothlin Award winners receive $25,000 each, while four runners-up receive $1,000 each.

These semi-finalists next move through two more evaluation levels, with winners announced at the annual McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching at Radford University in April 2014. Blue Ridge PBS staff direct the awards process each year.

Now in its 15th year, the McGlothlin Awards were established by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Virginia. They are given annually to exceptional educators from public schools in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Applications for the awards are judged by experienced educators from regional colleges, universities, and school divisions. One teacher from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12 are awarded $25,000 each. A stipulation is that $10,000 must be used for international travel to broaden the winners’ experience and enrich their classroom teaching.


“We are thrilled by the range of schools and communities these candidates represent,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Outstanding educators deserve to be recognized and appreciated, and we congratulate all the teachers in the semi-final groups.”


The 2014 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the elementary category are:

  • Andrew Perry, Anderson Elementary, Bristol City, TN
  • Steven Cregger, High Point Elementary, Washington County
  • Kimberly Dickerson, Gilbert Linkous Elementary, Montgomery County
  • Tracy Proffitt, Robert S. Payne Elementary, Lynchburg City
  • Valerie Close, South Salem Elementary, Salem City
  • Jen Hancock, Bonsack Elementary, Roanoke County
  • Robin Bibb, Belview Elementary, Montgomery County
  • Michelle Greene, Auburn Elementary, Montgomery County
  • Angela Wimberly, Monterey Elementary, Roanoke City

The 2014 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the secondary category are:

  • Erin Bond, Floyd County High, Floyd County
  • Sarah Burke, Gate City Middle/High, Scott County
  • Michael Brown, Clifton Middle, Alleghany County
  • Susan Hampton, Virginia Middle, Bristol City, VA
  • Stephanie Miller, Colonial Heights Middle, Sullivan County, TN
  • Emily Muterspaugh, Alleghany High, Alleghany County
  • Stephanie O’Brien, Chatham High, Pittsylvania County
  • Mary Slone, South Floyd High, Floyd County, KY
  • Albert “Gus” Teller, Blacksburg Middle, Montgomery County

“Every year I’m amazed at the skills, creativity and professionalism we find among teachers across the Blue Ridge PBS region,” noted Thomas D. McGlothlin, president of the McGlothlin Foundation.

The McGlothlin Awards are a fantastic opportunity for teachers to self-evaluate their craft, as they go through the submission process,” said Adele Morris, a past McGlothlin judge. “All teachers making the semi-final round should be very proud of their accomplishments.” Mrs. Morris joins Sheila Campbell as Co-Director for this year’s McGlothlin Awards.

In the next phase of judging, the semi-finalists submit a lesson plan with a video of themselves teaching the lesson in their classrooms. Judges will evaluate the teachers’ instruction strategies, classroom management, interaction with the community, and use of instructional technology. Six finalists, three each at the elementary school level and secondary school level, will be notified in January 2014 and proceed to on-site observations by judges in the final round.

Further details about the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are available by calling 888.332.7788 or visiting the Educate tab at BlueRidgePBS.org. The tab also has information about other Blue Ridge PBS on-air and online education resources, including a documentary, “Bringing the World to the Classroom,” about prior finalists and winners of the McGlothlin Awards.

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving portions of five states. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests.



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15th Annual McGlothlin Awards Call for entries

McGlothlin Award

The McGlothlin Foundation announces the
15th annual McGlothlin Awards
Call for entries

(ROANOKE, Va.)—Two of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers will be selected as winners for the 2014 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The two winners, who will be awarded $25,000 each, will be announced April 10, 2014 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.

“Blue Ridge PBS is proud to honor teachers with the McGlothlin Awards, one of the largest teaching awards in the nation,” said William Anderson, VP/COO for the station. “We have unsung heroes right here in our region’s classrooms. The McGlothlin Awards celebrate their work, their excellence and innovation in teaching.”

Blue Ridge PBS administers the months-long candidate application and judging process for the McGlothlin Awards, now in its 15th year. The awards are given annually by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va. Only teachers in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky are eligible. Two winning teachers, one from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12, must use $10,000 of the $25,000 award for international travel, and then apply that experience to enrich their teaching.

Deadline for Round One is 5:00 p.m., October 17, 2013. Classroom teachers may be nominated or may nominate themselves. In the first round, judges look at the teachers’ resume, references and personal teaching philosophy. If selected for the second round, the teachers must submit an original, standards-based lesson plan and 20 minute video of themselves teaching that lesson. As the final step, the judges observe the finalists’ classroom and conduct interviews with the finalists and their spokespersons. Criteria include classroom instruction, classroom management, interaction with students, and use of instructional technology such as computers, video, or digital cameras.

“The judges are challenged to finalize their selections,” said Adele Morris, retired technology director for Craig County Public Schools and past McGlothlin Awards judge. “This is an elite group of individuals who are extremely dedicated, talented and appreciated by their students, school and community.” Mrs. Morris joins Sheila Campbell as Co-Director for this year’s McGlothlin Awards.

Blue Ridge PBS has administered the McGlothlin Awards since 1999. For more information about the awards, the April 10 ceremony and the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching, visit http://www.radford.edu/mcglothlin/

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving portions of five states. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests.

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.

About Radford University
Radford University is named a “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Guide to America’s Best Colleges and a “Best in the Southeast” in Princeton Review’s 2010 Best Colleges by region. U.S. News & World Report names RU a Top 20 Public Master’s University in the South. Located in the New River Valley, Virginia, RU’s approximately 9,000 students experience nationally recognized faculty-student collaborations. RU offers 67 undergraduate degree programs and 20 fields of study at the graduate level with 18 options for specializations and 7 post baccalaureate certificates. RU has opened a state-of-the art visual and performing arts center, and added doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and psychology, and a master’s in occupational therapy. Outside the classroom, RU supports a culturally diverse student population through a wealth of co-curricular activities and events, outstanding NCAA Division I athletics, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and a beautiful campus.


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State Budget Cuts And Cost Increases Force Blue Ridge PBS To Curtail Operations At Two Regional Transmitters

March 27, 2013

Proposed Changes To Take Effect On Or Before June 30, 2013

(Roanoke, Va.)—The Board of Directors of Blue Ridge PBS passed the following resolution on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 during a regularly scheduled meeting at the station’s studios in Roanoke, VA:  

                        “Resolution To Increase Revenue And Curtail Costs
Whereas, significant increases in PBS dues and the loss of all Virginia state funding have created a budget shortfall that is unsustainable for Blue Ridge PBS as it is organized today. Therefore, the Board of Directors of Blue Ridge PBS hereby authorizes and directs the President & CEO to make all possible adjustments, both in fundraising and cost-cutting, to bring the station’s budget into balance. This includes, but is not limited to, curtailing operations at the station’s remote transmitter sites – WMSY-TV, Marion and WSBN-TV, Norton. The Board recognizes that by closing WMSY-TV and WSBN-TV, many citizens of the region may be adversely affected. However, it should be noted that all efforts will be made to continue service to as many viewers and members as is possible through the use of cable, satellite and over-the-air broadcasts from the WBRA-TV transmitter in Roanoke.”

“This is not an action we would choose to take, but it’s essential. The loss of more than a million dollars in education funding from The Commonwealth of Virginia and significant increases in the dues we’re required to pay PBS are forcing us to curtail services in far Southwest Virginia and the Tri-Cities of Tennessee,” said James Baum, station president. “We’ll make every effort to serve our members and viewers through our main transmitter service, WBRA-TV (Channels 15.1 and 15.3) in Roanoke but there’s no question that many citizens in far southwest Virginia and the Tri-Cities will be inconvenienced. An exact timeline has not been established, but the proposed changes will be in effect on or before June 30, 2013,” Baum added.

 

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS, founded in 1967, is a public multimedia enterprise headquartered in Roanoke, VA. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Blue Ridge PBS’s broadcast service is WBRA-TV, digital channel 15.1 and 15.3 in Roanoke.

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Six teachers named finalists for 14th annual McGlothlin Awards

January 15, 2013

Six teachers named finalists for 14th annual McGlothlin Awards
Local educators vying for $25,000 prizes

                                                                                                            

2013 McGlothlin Award Finalists

(ROANOKE, Va.) - Six of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2013 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Contenders include Virginia educators from Lynchburg, the New River Valley and Washington County, as well as a teacher from Bristol, Tenn. 

Two winners, who will be awarded $25,000 each, will be announced April 18 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.

The three finalists in the elementary category are: Lisa James, Narrows Elementary/Middle School, Giles County Schools; Pamela MacDonald, Macy McClaugherty Elementary School, Giles County Schools; and Dawn Toole, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Martinsville City Schools. 

The three finalists in the secondary category are:  Steve Ahn, Abingdon High School, Washington County Schools; Beth Cook, Salem High School, Salem City Schools; and Jeff Steele, Liberty High School, Bedford County Schools. 

The awards ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in Bondurant Auditorium at Radford University’s Preston Hall. The awards ceremony concludes an afternoon of activities marking the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching, which starts at 4 p.m. at various locations on campus.  

“Blue Ridge PBS is proud to honor teachers with the McGlothlin Awards, one of the largest teaching awards in the nation,” said Dr. Rose Martin, former director of education services for the station. “We don’t need to wait for Superman in our schools. We have unsung heroes right here in our region’s classrooms. The McGlothlin Awards celebrate their work, their excellence and innovation in teaching.” 

Blue Ridge PBS administers the months-long candidate application and judging process for the McGlothlin Awards, now in its 14th year. The awards are given annually by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va. Only teachers in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky are eligible. Two winning teachers, one from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12, must use $10,000 of the $25,000 award for international travel, and then apply that experience to enrich their teaching. 

The finalists, who were selected from 20 semi-finalists, were judged based on a standards-based lesson plan with a 20-minute video of themselves teaching the lesson in their classrooms. Judges will next conduct interviews to further evaluate the finalists. Criteria include classroom instruction, classroom management, interaction with students, and use of instructional technology such as computers, video, or digital cameras.  

“The judges are challenged to finalize their selections,” said Adele Morris, technology director for Craig County Public Schools and McGlothlin Awards judge. “This is an elite group of individuals who are extremely dedicated, talented and appreciated by their students, school and community.” 

Blue Ridge PBS has administered the McGlothlin Awards since 1999. For more information about the awards, the April 18 ceremony and the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching, visit http://www.radford.edu/mcglothlin/.

 

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA in Roanoke, WSBN in Norton, and WMSY in Marion, Va. www.BlueRidgePBS.org
               

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.

 

About Radford University
Radford University is named a “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Guide to America’s Best Colleges and a “Best in the Southeast” in Princeton Review’s 2010 Best Colleges by region. RU is named a Top 20 Public Master’s University in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the New River Valley, Virginia, RU’s approximately 9,000 students experience nationally recognized faculty-student collaborations. RU offers 67 undergraduate degree programs and 20 fields of study at the gradate level with 18 options for specializations and 7 post baccalaureate certificates. RU has opened a state-of-the art visual and performing arts center, and added doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and psychology, and a master’s in occupational therapy. Outside the classroom, RU supports a culturally diverse student population through a wealth of co-curricular activities and events, outstanding NCAA Division I athletics, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and a beautiful campus.

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Blue Ridge PBS wins national award for refugee project

November 28, 2012

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS has received a national award for community engagement, thanks to its local programming and events connected to the 2011 PBS series, “Women, War and Peace.” The award comes from NETA, the National Educational and Telecommunications Association, and was presented Nov. 1 at its annual conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Judges praised the station for its interview segments with former women refugees who are rebuilding their lives in southwest Virginia, saying they “made for compelling and heart-rending stories of the brutal realities of war.” The women spoke openly, often for the first time in public, of having lived in and fled from armed conflicts in regions as varied as Bosnia, Burundi, Haiti and Somalia.

Beyond the broadcast interviews, Blue Ridge PBS was awarded for collaborating with numerous regional partners and participants to create three community-based events focusing on women war refugees. These sessions presented the local interview segments produced by Blue Ridge PBS along with clips from “Women, War and Peace,” followed by panel discussions featuring women refugees and regional experts on refugee issues.

“This award recognizes the power of partnerships, and we were fortunate to have such terrific organizations involved in this project,” said James Baum, President and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Above all, we are deeply grateful to the courageous women who shared their stories in such a public way.”

The three events were held at Virginia Tech with VT Engage, at the YWCA Bristol in conjunction with its Week Without Violence, and at the Taubman Museum of Art as part of Roanoke Valley Reads. Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program provided critical expertise on resettlement issues in the region and recruited panel members.

These partners, along with Ferrum College and 101.5 FM The Music Place, also participated in a broader initiative called Voices Beyond Borders. NETA judges cited this element for its innovation in cross-promoting activities focused on the region’s refugees during the fall of 2011.

Major funding for the project was provided by a grant to Blue Ridge PBS from WNET, the PBS affiliate which presented the 5-part “Women, War and Peace” series to PBS stations around the country.

The award-winning interview segments can be viewed under Videos/Local productions at BlueRidgePBS.org. Full episodes from “Women, War and Peace” are posted at pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/.

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA in Roanoke, WSBN in Norton, and WMSY in Marion, Va.

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Blue Ridge PBS announces McGlothlin Awards 2013 semi-finalists

McGlothlin AwardTwenty teachers vie for $54,000 in prestigious prizes

(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS announced today that 20 outstanding teachers from the Blue Ridge region remain in the running for the prestigious 2013 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Among the largest teaching prizes in the U.S., the two McGlothlin Award winners receive $25,000 each, while four runners-up receive $1,000 each.  

The semi-finalists next move through two more evaluation levels, with winners announced at the annual McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching at Radford University in April 2013. Blue Ridge PBS staff direct the awards process each year.  

Now in its 14th year, the McGlothlin Awards were established by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Virginia. They are given annually to exceptional educators from public schools in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Applications for the awards are judged by experienced educators from regional colleges, universities, and school divisions. One teacher from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12 are awarded $25,000 each. A stipulation is that $10,000 must be used for international travel to broaden the winners’ experience and enrich their classroom teaching.  

“We are thrilled by the range of schools and communities these candidates represent,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Outstanding educators deserve to be recognized and appreciated, and we congratulate all the teachers in the semi-final groups.” 

The 2013 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the elementary category are: Laura Larkins, Meadville Elementary School, Halifax County Schools; Tracey Nielsen, Virginia Heights Elementary, Roanoke City Schools; Alice Watson, Leesville Road Elementary, Campbell County Schools; Cecelia Prater, James A. Duff Elementary, Floyd County, KY; Kasey Neese Crockett, Jackson Memorial Elementary School, Wythe County Schools; Kim Lee Martin Albert, Clays Mill Elementary School, Halifax County Schools; Pamela MacDonald, Macy McClaugherty, Giles County Schools; Dawn Toole, Patrick Henry Elementary, Martinsville City Schools; Jennifer McGillivray, Marion Primary School, Smyth County Schools; Lisa James, Narrows Elementary/Middle School, Giles County Schools. 

The 2013 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the secondary category are: Steve Ahn, Abingdon High School, Washington County Schools; Beth Cook, Salem High School, Salem City Schools; Sandra Frederick, Damascus Middle School, Washington County Schools; Beth Layne, Halifax County HS, Halifax County Schools; Debbie Manuel, Rural Retreat Middle School, Wythe County Schools; Wilber Nowall, Carroll County Intermediate School, Carroll County Schools; Judith Painter, Andrew Lewis Middle School, Salem City Schools; Tanya Sollien, Bland High School, Bland County Schools; Jeff Steele, Liberty High School, Bedford County Schools; Lindsay Favero, Magna Vista School, Henry County Schools. 

“Every year I’m amazed at the skills, creativity and professionalism we find among teachers across the Blue Ridge PBS region,” noted Thomas D. McGlothlin, president of the McGlothlin Foundation.  

Adele Morris, the technology director for Craig County Public Schools, has been a McGlothlin Awards judge for many years. “The McGlothlin Awards are a fantastic opportunity for teachers to self-evaluate their craft, as they go through the submission process,” she said. “All teachers making the semi-final round should be very proud of their accomplishments.”  

In the next phase of judging, the semi-finalists submit a lesson plan with a video of themselves teaching the lesson in their classrooms. Judges will evaluate the teachers’ instruction strategies, classroom management, interaction with the community, and use of instructional technology. Six finalists, three each at the elementary school level and secondary school level, will be notified in January 2013 and proceed to on-site observations by judges in the final round.   

Further details about the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are available by calling 888.332.7788 or visiting the Educate tab at BlueRidgePBS.org. The tab also has information about other Blue Ridge PBS on-air and online education resources, including a new documentary, “Bringing the World to the Classroom,” about prior finalists and winners of the McGlothlin Awards. 

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. 

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS has received four regional Emmy Awards in the past three years for documentaries and community service broadcasting. The winning productions are “The Music of Coal” from the “On the Crooked Road” series, “Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” and “JobQuest.” Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Further, over 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV in Roanoke, WSBN-TV in Norton, and WMSY-TV in Marion, Va.

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Blue Ridge PBS accepting McGlothlin Award nominations

 McGlothlin AwardAnnual teaching awards include two $25,000 prizes

(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS is now accepting nominations for the 2012 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence, with top prizes of $25,000 going to two of the region’s best teachers.  

The McGlothlin Awards, given annually by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va., bestow $25,000 each to the top elementary and top secondary school nominees, and are among the largest teaching prizes in the United States. Four finalists will also be recognized with a trophy and a check for $1,000. 

Anyone can submit a nomination, including families, fellow educators and community members. Classroom teachers may also nominate themselves. The McGlothlin Awards are judged by a distinguished group of regional educational leaders. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 19, 2012. 

“Every year I have the honor of meeting some of the finest teachers in our region,” said James Baum, President and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS, which has administered the awards since their founding in 2000. “The 2012 McGlothlin Awards ceremony, on April 18 at Radford University, will recognize these exceptional educators and celebrate their innovative approaches to working with students.” 

A stipulation of the award is that winners use $10,000 for international travel, and then incorporate that experience into their teaching. Previous winners have traveled to destinations in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. 

As president of the foundation, Thomas D. McGlothlin has long championed the importance of recognizing the positive impact of good teachers, saying, "The McGlothlin Foundation's goal is for the awards to inspire recipients, their students, their peers, and indeed their entire school. It is our intent to find the best teachers in today's classrooms around our region. We want to recognize their fine work, reward them for it, and by so doing inspire others to the high qualities they exemplify.” 

To be eligible for the McGlothlin Awards, nominees must be full-time elementary or secondary school teachers of core curriculum, foreign language, arts and music from select public school districts. Eligible districts, located within the Blue Ridge PBS broadcast area, include 42 school divisions across Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. The award is intended for mid-career teachers with five years of experience who intend to stay in the classroom.  

Further details about applying for the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are available by calling 888.332.7788 or visiting BlueRidgePBS.org.

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS has received four regional Emmy Awards in the past three years for documentaries and community service broadcasting. The winning productions are “The Music of Coal” from the “On the Crooked Road” series, “Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” and “JobQuest.” Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Further, over 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV in Roanoke, WSBN-TV in Norton, and WMSY-TV in Marion, Va.                       

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.# # #

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Blue Ridge PBS wins two regional Emmy Awards

2 Emmy AwardsStation earns four Emmys over three years

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS is the winner of two 2011 Emmy® Awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The awards were announced June 16 in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The chapter is comprised of commercial and public television stations in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Blue Ridge PBS received an Emmy Award for “Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” in the Documentary-Cultural category. Another Emmy was presented in the Chesapeake Heritage-Feature category for “The Music of Coal,” from the station’s “On the Crooked Road” series. Previously, Blue Ridge PBS was honored with the 2010 and 2009 regional Emmys for Community Service for “JobQuest.”

“The Emmys awarded to the Blue Ridge PBS team on Saturday night recognize continued excellence in the creation of our local programs,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Winning the Emmy, one of the media’s most prestigious awards, is gratifying because it comes from our contemporaries in the broadcast industry. We are deeply honored by these awards, and grateful to the individuals and organizations throughout the region that support the mission of Blue Ridge PBS.”

Bob Ross: The Happy Painter“Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” explores one of the most iconic figures in public television by tracing his development as an artist and the unlikely success of his popular series, “The Joy of Painting.” The documentary features interview segments with celebrities who learned to paint the Bob Ross way including Brad Paisley, Jane Seymour and Terrance Howard. Blue Ridge PBS also secured an interview with Phil Donahue, who played an important role in Bob Ross' career by featuring the artist on his Chicago-based show.

On The Crooked Road“The Music of Coal” is one of 18 segments in the Blue Ridge PBS series, “On the Crooked Road.” Recorded at a variety of locations including the Harry Meador Coal Museum in Big Stone Gap, Va., the influence of coal mining on life and music in southwest Virginia is explained by regional experts such as Ron Short, Alan Maggard, Woody Crenshaw and Jack Hinshelwood. 

Support for “The Music of Coal” was provided by Heartwood, King College and Virginia Highlands Community College. The “On the Crooked Road” series was made possible in part by funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Alpha Natural Resources, Dominion, the Williams-Berry Charitable Fund, the Mooneyhan Family Foundation and the members of Blue Ridge PBS.

“The Music of Coal” and other segments from “On the Crooked Road” can be viewed under the Videos tab at BlueRidgePBS.org.

 

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV/DT in Roanoke, WSBN-TV/DT in Norton, and WMSY-TV/DT in Marion, Va. 

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Blue Ridge PBS sets new standard with three regional Emmy nominations

Emmy(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS has received three 2011 Emmy® Award nominations from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the most Emmy nods ever received by the station in one year.

The announcement was made May 14, with 204 nominations resulting from 728 entries. The chapter is comprised of commercial and public television stations in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Blue Ridge PBS productions recognized are “Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” in the Documentary-Cultural category; “The Music of Coal” from the station’s “On the Crooked Road” series in the Chesapeake Heritage-Feature category; and the 2011 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence in the Community Service category.

Previously, Blue Ridge PBS was honored with the 2010 and 2009 regional Emmys for Community Service for “JobQuest.”

“We are particularly proud of these new benchmarks of excellence,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “They reflect superior work by our production team, collaboration with great partners throughout the region, and ongoing support provided by our members, businesses and grant-making organizations.” 

All segments from “On the Crooked Road” can be viewed under the Videos tab at BlueRidgePBS.org.

The 54th annual Emmy Awards for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter will be presented June 16 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the winner of the 2010 and 2009 Regional Emmy Awards for community service for “JobQuest.” Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Further, over 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning.  Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV/DT in Roanoke, WSBN-TV/DT in Norton, and WMSY-TV/DT in Marion, Va

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