- McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence
Six teachers named finalists for 18th annual McGlothlin Awards
Local educators vying for $25,000 prizes
(ROANOKE, Va.)—Six of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2017 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Contenders include educators from Salem City, Botetourt, Caroll, Roanoke, Montgomery and Washington Counties in Virginia. Two winners, who will be awarded $25,000 each, will be announced April 6 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.
The finalists in the elementary category are:
- Glen Chilcote, Kipps Elementary School, Montgomery County Schools
- Christina Coffey, Oak Grove Elementary School, Roanoke County Schools
- Tim Kilbourne, Meadowview Elementary School, Washington County Schools
The finalists in the secondary category are:
- Fred Mitchell, Carroll County High School, Carroll County Schools
- Angela Myers, Read Mountain Middle School, Botetourt County Schools
- Judith Painter, Andrew Lewis Middle School, Salem City Schools
Join us on April 6th at Radford University for a Celebration of Teaching, followed by the Awards ceremony.
Blue Ridge PBS administers the months-long candidate application and judging process for the McGlothlin Awards, now in its 18th 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 18 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.
“Once again, the judges had a very difficult time selecting the top three in each category; all submissions were outstanding!,” said Adele Morris, “Teachers in our communities are educational treasures – so energetic, competent and dedicated to their students.” Mrs. Morris is the Director for the McGlothlin Awards.
Blue Ridge PBS has administered the McGlothlin Awards since 1999. For more information about the awards, the April 6 ceremony and the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching, visit radford.edu/mcglothlin.
"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. Certainly, this award will recognize in a rather significant way what we consider one of the most important professions-and one with so many unsung heroes." Tom McGlothlin
Special thanks go to Tom McGlothlin and the McGlothlin Foundation for making this important recognition of teaching excellence possible. The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are administered by Blue Ridge PBS.