Loudoun County, Va. (August 19, 2014) – Six Loudoun County teachers were selected to participate in the Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching (VCET), a new, highly selective professional development program for teachers.
The program launched this summer on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax.
The selected teachers are:
- Marcia Iriarte Charin, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, and Sara Kittelson, Dominion High School, were accepted into the Interdisciplinary Studies Academy.
- Katherine Henretty, Sterling Elementary; Marlon Mohammed, Discovery Elementary; and Lori Mullaney, Lovettsville Elementary, were accepted into the STEM Academy.
- Donna Berman, Smart’s Mill Middle School, was accepted into the Humanities & Language Arts Academy.
These teachers are six out of 100 of Virginia’s best teachers selected to attend one of four innovative summer academies focused on classroom instruction, education policy and leadership. The STEM and Interdisciplinary Studies academies ran June 22-27, and the Fine Arts and Humanities & Language Arts academies ran July 6-11.
Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers. The free, six-day residential academies focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); interdisciplinary studies; fine arts; and the humanities and language arts.
“We had an excellent pool of applicants with more than 800 teachers who signed up from all across the state,” said Dr. Elizabeth Sturtevant, VCET director. “One of the goals of the program is to create networks of outstanding teachers who support each other and work together to improve public education in Virginia.”
The VCET programs offer teachers advanced leadership training, including time on Capitol Hill to learn how to leverage the legislative process to benefit education; the latest information and insights on research-based teaching with an experiential and discussion-based curriculum that interweaves current research for teaching diverse learners and for incorporating new technologies; and five graduate credits, which totals approximately 150 points toward the 180-point requirement needed to maintain a Virginia teaching license.
Article originally posted on the Loudoun County Public Schools website.