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The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence 2012 Winners

Lynchburg, Roanoke teachers win McGlothlin Awards

2012 Winners

Two top educators each receive $25,000

(Radford, Va.)—The winners of the 2012 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are first-grade teacher Katherine Lear from Penn Forest Elementary School in Roanoke County, Va., and Thomas Foster who teaches earth and physical science at Paul L. Dunbar Middle School for Innovation in Lynchburg, Va.

These top teachers accepted their awards and $25,000 checks during the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching at Radford University on April 19. The annual ceremony is conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va. and Blue Ridge PBS, and hosted by the Radford University College of Education and Human Development.

Both Lear and Foster must use $10,000 of their award for international travel. Thomas D. McGlothlin, president of the Bristol, Va.-based McGlothlin Foundation, said the travel requirement was added “as a way to broaden the teacher’s mind and bring the world back to the students. We think traveling the world is the best teacher there is.” The McGlothlin Awards are among the largest education prizes given in the United States.

“Blue Ridge PBS has been part of the McGlothlin Awards since their inception 13 years ago,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “It’s always a privilege to work with the exceptional teachers who dedicate their lives to student success. We congratulate Kate and Thomas on their achievements.”

Four other McGlothlin finalists were each presented with a trophy and a check for $1,000: Jennifer Shamy, Roanoke Academy for Math and Science Elementary, Roanoke City Public Schools; Stephanie Johnston, Kipps Elementary, Montgomery County Public Schools; Stephen Biscotte, Cave Spring High School, Roanoke County Public Schools; and Evandro Valente, Tennessee High School, Bristol City Public Schools (Tenn.).

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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