Students and staff bring home Educators Rising national awards

Educators and students gathered from across the nation to celebrate the teaching profession at the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference in Phoenix June 23-26. The organization, formerly known as the Future Educators Association, aims to cultivate “highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession,” according to the Educators Rising website.

In addition to attending professional learning and networking sessions, students participated in 22 competitive events based on their performance at state qualifying events earlier this school year. Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students – accompanied by their Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow teachers Jenna Free (Tallwood), Carrie Gantt (Kellam), Meg Manugo (Bayside) and Jennifer Nardelli (Cox) – won national awards and recognition in seven individual and team events.

Congratulations to the following 11 award winners from VBCPS:

  • First Place: Christina Zendzian, Tallwood High School, Lesson Planning: Humanities
  • Second Place: Nicole Finocchio, Kellam High School, Exploring Education Administration Careers
  • Third Place: Jamaree Isekeije, Tallwood High School, Exploring Careers in Non-Core Subject Teaching
  • Top 10: Taylor Payne, Katherine Stauch and Amy Needham, Cox High School, Inside Our Schools
  • Top 10: Aubrey Redifer, Bayside High School, Educators Rising Leadership Award
  • Top 10: Aubrey Redifer and Kailyn Bourque, Bayside High School, Researching Learning Challenges
  • Top 10: Kamryn Creary, Ashlie Rexach and Natalia Torres, Bayside High School, Ethical Dilemma

For more information about Educators Rising visit www.educatorsrising.org.

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