Loudoun County, VA (May 6, 2015) – The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) honored Loudoun’s Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year and the nominees for the Agnes Meyer Award at a dinner April 17th at Belmont Country Club. (Presented by The Washington Post, the Agnes Meyer Award goes to Loudoun’s Teacher of the Year.)
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams said the honorees brighten every aspect of their school community. “I want to thank our honorees this evening for never losing touch with why (they became educators). By doing so, not only do you make a difference in the lives of young people, but you make a difference in the lives of your colleagues in helping them stay connected when they see your shining enthusiasm.”
Principal of the Year Sherryl Loya of Farmwell Station Middle School, a Texas transplant, said Loudoun has offered her the best experience of her professional career. “I work here with some of the best administrators I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Any one of them could win this award because they are so terrific…
“I love my school. I love my teachers. It’s an exceptional thing to wake up every morning and be super happy, no matter how tired you are…You’re just excited and happy to go to work.”
Teacher of the Year Dawn Blevins of Guilford Elementary spoke of the passion that goes into teaching and the special place where she teaches.
“Good teaching is most often found in the feeling, the mood and the tone of the classroom. Guilford is a Title I school that happens to have high poverty and a high ELL (English language learner) population. The bottom line is that these children want to learn and their families want them to learn just like every other school in Loudoun County. Working with these families is truly an honor…
“It’s a school where going above and beyond is just doing your job.”
Blevins said she teaches from the heart.
“Teaching from the heart means striving for excellence, setting high goals and expectations. Teaching from the heart means exuding honesty and establishing trust by sharing my own life with my students. Teaching from the heart means their everyday challenges become my challenges. Teaching from the heart means that all students have books in their hands so that every child has equal access to literacy. Teaching from the heart means calling them at night to make sure they have a proper bedtime…
“I am truly proud to be a teacher. It is a profession that is centered on pouring our hearts into others. When kids walk into my classroom, they instantly become my children.”
The Loudoun Education Foundation and Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation sponsored the dinner. Each of the honorees received a $250 grant from the business community and community leaders. Grant donors included Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation, Belfort Furniture, Integrus Holdings, Middleburg Bank, Moseley Architects, Members of 100 Women Strong, Orbital ATK, Pleasant Valley Business Solutions and Wade and Natasha Tetsuka.
The Agnes Meyer nominees included:
- Tammy Agi, Liberty Elementary
- Dawn Blevins, Guilford Elementary
- Beth Carter, Seneca Ridge Middle School
- Steven Charlish, Potowmack Elementary
- Matthew Dunlap, Tuscarora High School
- Leanne Fisher, Liberty Elementary
- Christine Hess, Arcola Elementary
- Joanne Luoma, Guilford Elementary
- Jennifer Reeder, Mercer Middle School
- Mitchell Seipt, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
- Angela Tessier, Sterling Elementary
- William Hart Wells, Potomac Falls High School
- William Wilkin, Stone Bridge High School
Loudoun County School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles District), an LEF trustee, attended the dinner.