The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence 2008 Winners

Top prizes in the 2008 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence, including $25,000 checks, were presented April 17 to Tamatha Farrell of Burlington Elementary School in Roanoke County, Va., and Tracy Easterling of Vance Middle School in Bristol, Tenn.

Radford University hosted the awards ceremony, held in the Bondurant Auditorium. It served as the culmination of the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching, an afternoon of activities honoring all teachers in the region.

"These events really make for a grand salute to our teachers in the region," said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS President and CEO. "Congratulations to the McGlothlin Award winners and thank you to all the teachers in our communities."


Tamatha FarrellTamatha Farrell
Burlington Elementary School
Roanoke County Public Schools

Tracy EasterlingTracy Easterling
Vance Middle School
Bristol City Public Schools (Tenn.)



IFarrell, Easterling and the other McGlothlin Award applicants are judged 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.

Four McGlothlin finalists were each presented with a trophy and a check for $1,000.


Finalists for grades K-5

  • Michele Quesenberry, Colonial Elementary School, Botetourt County Public Schools, Va.
  • Dawn Toole, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Martinsville City Public Schools, Va.

Finalists for grades 6-12

  • Susan Montgomery, The Gereau Center, Franklin County Public Schools, Va.
  • Stephanie Doyle, Breckinridge Middle School, Roanoke City Public Schools, Va.

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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