Loudoun County, VA (June 20, 2015) – Lori DeMark, an art teacher at Harmony Middle School, was honored as the Shenandoah University Teacher of the Year during the Tuesday, June 9th, meeting of the Loudoun County School Board.
Shenandoah’s director of education outreach, Denny Keffer, presented the award at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices in Ashburn.
This award recognizes teachers practicing in specialized areas of education. Teachers nominated for this award have spent as least five years working for LCPS. The finalists for the award have been nominated by their peers, students, parent-teacher organizations and administrators.
This is the 20th time the award has been presented in Loudoun County.
DeMark is a nationally board certified teacher with 20 years of experience with nine years in Loudoun. Harmony’s Family Arts Night and the charitable “The Empty Bowl Project” owe their existence, in large part, to DeMark.
Beyond her work at Harmony, DeMark supports the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival and the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. She also works with the Girl Scouts, church groups, camps and cultural centers.
Harmony Principal Eric Stewart wrote this of DeMark in his nomination letter: “If a diamond cutter created fine pieces of work for schools, our gem is Lori DeMark.”
The nominees for the 2015 Shenandoah Teacher of the Year Award include:
- Cindy Bailey, SPED-cross category, Dominion Trail Elementary
- David Bishop, U.S. history/government, Woodgrove High School
- Jarred Boehner, SPED-math, River Bend Middle School
- LeeAnne Boyle, SPED-early childhood, Frederick Douglass Elementary
- Karen Castelli, SPED math/earth science, Woodgrove High School
- Anthony Cimino, drama, Rock Ridge High School
- Lori DeMark, art, Harmony Middle School
- Elaine Gines, music K-5, Cedar Lane Elementary
- Beth Gordon, gifted and talented, Cedar Lane Elementary
- Michele Hoisington, SPED-English, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
- Vicki Petrosky, music, Frederick Douglass Elementary
- Justin Ratcliff, band, Rock Ridge High School
- Scott Sprengel, art, Newton-Lee Elementary