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The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence 2007 Winners

(Roanoke, VA)- Top prizes in the 2007 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence were presented in April to Casey Moorleghen of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Kingsport, TN and Cynthia Kelley-Wilkins of Amherst County High School in Amherst, VA.

The McGlothlin Awards are given annually to exceptional educators from the region. Two teachers, one from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12, are awarded $25,000 each, with the stipulation that $10,000 be used for international travel to broaden the thinking and experience of the winning teachers, and to further enhance their excellence as professional educators. While these prestigious awards are tied with the nation's largest awards to teachers-the Milkin and the Disney-they are available only to teachers in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.

 

2007 Elementary Winner

Casey Moorleghen
Casey Moorleghen
Thomas Jefferson
Elementary School
Kingsport City, TN

Ms. Moorleghen, a fourth grade teacher who values hands-on learning experiences for students, was honored as part of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's spring concert. Her travel plans are to visit the hometowns of America's explorers, beginning in Greenland and moving on to Sweden, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. Making the award were Thomas D. McGlothlin, President of the McGlothlin Foundation, and Dr. Katherine Foreman, Vice President of Advancement at Blue Ridge PBS.

2007 Grade 6-12 Winner

Cynthia Kelley-Wilkins
Cynthia Kelley-Wilkins
Amherst County
High School
Amherst Co., VA

Ms. Kelley-Wilkins, an English teacher at Amherst County High School, specializes in collaborative and cooperative teaching methods for literature classes. She was presented the award in front of her students by James Baum, President and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS, and Linda Pharis, Vice President of Education Services at Blue Ridge PBS. Taking a group of students to Japan is the focus of Kelley-Wilkins' international travel agenda.

 

In related activities occurring throughout the day, McGlothlin finalists were each presented with a trophy and a check for $1,000 at their respective schools. Finalists for grades K-5 were Linda Bays of Otter River Elementary School, Bedford County, VA and Rebecca Boone of Troutville Elementary School, Botetourt County, VA. Finalists for grades 6-12 were Jayanne Bridges, Christiansburg Middle School, Montgomery County, VA and Janice Suddith, Paul Lawrence Dunbar Middle School, Lynchburg City, VA

 

2007 Elementary Finalists

2007 Grade 6-12 Finalists

Linda Bays

Linda Bays

Rebecca Boone

Rebecca Boone

Jayanne Bridges

Jayanne Bridges

Janice Suddith

Janice Suddith

 

The McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University's College of Education and Human Development sponsor the awards, now in their eighth year. Rigorous judging of teacher applications is performed by a distinguished group of regional college faculty, educational division administrators and other professionals who volunteer their time and expertise. Criteria include a teacher's ability to promote a high level of student achievement, to "bring the world to the classroom" through the travel component, and to inspire the desire to learn in students, other educators and the community.

The McGlothlin Celebration of Excellence in Teaching, an afternoon of award presentations and activities honoring the region's teachers, was scheduled to be held at Radford University on April 17 with President Penelope W. Kyle officiating. The event was cancelled out of respect for the tragic events at Virginia Tech on April 16.

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.

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