The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence 2004 Winners
Elizabeth (Beth) Campbell is a 3rd grade teacher at Glenvar Elementary School in Roanoke County. Her classroom is a place of song, dance, and bright colors, all of which combine to create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and open to new ways of learning. Her principal, Danny Guard, says that Beth is a tremendous planner who finds creative ways to reach her children and cites her ability to reach children of all abilities. Beth plans to explore the great wonders of the world, possibly including the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China and others in order to gather information to share with her students.
Carol Fox of Blacksburg Middle School came to teaching after raising her children and realizing that she, in her own words, "really loves social studies." She is a strong believer in the fact that students are fully capable of sharing responsibility for their learning, and uses a combination of classroom projects, student debates, and interdisciplinary learning in her English and Social Studies classes. Her principal Gary McCoy admires the way that Carol expects the best and gets it from her students. Carol plans to travel to Vietnam to explore the myth and reality of the place where her father served as a helicopter pilot in the war when Carol was the same age as the students she teaches.
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.