Loudoun County, Va. (October 8, 2014) – The Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) has selected Bridget Raburn, a science teacher at Belmont Ridge Middle School, as the recipient of 2014 Master in the Middle Teacher of the Year Award.
In reading the supporting letters for Raburn’s nomination, the selection committee was most impressed with the enthusiastic endorsement given by one of her former students who said: “she is without a doubt the best teacher I ever had.”
Raburn was nominated by her principal, Ryan Hitchman, who wrote that she is a role model for middle school teachers across the commonwealth. In letters of support, Raburn’s colleagues emphasized her dedication to making learning interesting for students; relying heavily on an inquiry-based approach in her science lessons. In addition to teaching sixth and eighth grade science, Raburn volunteers as a mentor for the Kids Living Fit Striders running group and coaches the Belmont Ridge science and math Olympiad teams and VEX robotics teams.
The purpose of the Master in the Middle Teacher of the Year Award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated a devotion to teaching young adolescents and a commitment to best middle-level practices. Award recipients will be recognized at the annual VMSA Conference, scheduled to be held October 24th at James Madison University.
After graduating with a degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of California-Berkeley, Raburn taught seventh- and eighth-grade science in inner city Los Angeles through Teach for America. After she obtained her master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Raburn returned to the classroom to teach science. During her summers, she writes curriculum for Johns Hopkins University and teaches through the Center for Talented Youth. Raburn has presented on her published material to train teachers in Saudi Arabia at Princess University.