- McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence
The McGlothlin Awards 2016 Winners Announced
Two of the Blue Ridge region’s outstanding teachers are richer by $25,000.00 and will take the international trips of their dreams as the 17th annual McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence winners. Thomas D. McGlothlin, President of the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, VA presented them with checks and trophies April 7th in an evening ceremony at Radford University’s Bondurant Auditorium. Four runners-up each received $1,000.00 and smaller trophies.
The 2016 McGlothlin Award recipients are:
Alice Watson, is an elementary music teacher at Leesville Road Elementary School in Campbell County, VA. She is passionate about music and feels that it is just as important as any other content area. She plans on traveling to New Zealand as she has no music from there to use in her classroom. She wants to find it and bring it back to her students. Watson applied for the award in previous years and feels that each time she went through the application process it “made her a better person and made her look at what she does every day” in her teaching.
The secondary level winner, Stephanie Miller, teaches math at Colonial Heights Middle School in Kingsport, TN. She has also taught math at the elementary level. Her travel plans will take her to Switzerland -- to investigate why their students are rated so highly in math skills. While traveling, she plans on keeping connected to the students in her school through the Internet. Miller says that applying for the award provided for “self-reflection” and she learned to collaborate to identify better resources.
Judging is done by a volunteer group of veteran educators representing many school districts across the 55 district eligible region. The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence will launch calls for entry in September 2016 for the 2017 nomination and judging process.
"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.