- McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence
Blue Ridge PBS announces McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists
Eighteen teachers vie for $54,000 in prestigious prizes
(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS announced today that 18 outstanding teachers from across the Blue Ridge region remain in the running for the prestigious 2017 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Among the largest teaching prizes in the U.S., the two McGlothlin Award winners receive $25,000 each, while four runners-up receive $1,000 each.
These semi-finalists next move through two more evaluation levels, with winners announced at the annual McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching at Radford University on April 6, 2017. Blue Ridge PBS staff direct the awards process each year.
Now in its 18th year, the McGlothlin Awards were established by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Virginia. They are given annually to exceptional educators from public schools in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Applications for the awards are judged by experienced educators from regional colleges, universities, and school divisions. One teacher from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12 are awarded $25,000 each. A stipulation is that $10,000 must be used for international travel to broaden the winners’ experience and enrich their classroom teaching.
“We are thrilled by the range of schools and communities these candidates represent,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Outstanding educators deserve to be recognized and appreciated, and we congratulate all the teachers in the semi-final groups.”
The 2017 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the elementary category are:
- Shellie Brown, Cedar Bluff Elementary School, Tazewell County Schools
- Glen Chilcote, Kipps Elementary School, Montgomery County Schools
- Christina Coffey, Oak Grove Elementary School, Roanoke County Schools
- Carolyn Crider-Doss, Union Hall Elementary School, Pittsylvania County Schools
- Margaret DeHart, Kipps Elementary School, Montgomery County Schools
- Tim Kilbourne, Meadowview Elementary School, Washington County Schools
- Rebecca Osborne, Macy McClaugherty Elementary/Middle School, Giles County Schools
- Candice Palmer, Highland Park Elementary, Roanoke City Schools
- Kimberly Rygas, Gilbert Linkous Elementary School, Montgomery County Schools
- Donna Snyder, Breckinridge Elementary School, Botetourt County Schools
The 2017 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the secondary category are:
- Jane Carter, John I. Burton High School, Norton City Schools
- Crystal DeLong, Liberty High School, Bedford County Schools
- Angela Myers, Read Mountain Middle School, Botetourt County Schools
- Fred Mitchell, Carroll County High School, Carroll County Schools
- Judith Painter, Andrew Lewis Middle School, Salem City Schools
- Teresa Turner, Lebanon Middle School, Russell County Schools
- Ashley Walker, Appomattox County High School, Appomattox County Schools
- Valerie Watterson, Colonial Heights Middle School, Sullivan County Schools (TN)
“Every year I’m amazed at the skills, creativity and professionalism we find among teachers across the Blue Ridge PBS region,” noted Thomas D. McGlothlin, president of the McGlothlin Foundation.
Adele Morris has been the Director of the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence for the past three years and previously a Judge. She says “The McGlothlin Awards are a fantastic opportunity for teachers to self-evaluate their craft, as they go through the submission process,” she said. “All teachers making the semi-final round should be very proud of their accomplishments.”
In the next phase of judging, the semi-finalists submit a lesson plan with a video of themselves teaching the lesson in their classrooms. Judges will evaluate the teachers’ instruction strategies, classroom management, interaction with the community, and use of instructional technology. Six finalists, three each at the elementary school level and secondary school level, will be notified in January 2017 and proceed to on-site observations by judges in the final round.
"The McGlothlin Foundation's goal is for the awards to inspire recipients, their students, their peers, and indeed, their entire school. It is our intent to find the best teachers in today's classrooms around our region. We want to recognize their fine work, reward them for it, and by so doing inspire others to the high qualities they exemplify. Certainly, this award will recognize in a rather significant way what we consider one of the most important professions-and one with so many unsung heroes." Tom McGlothlin
Special thanks go to Tom McGlothlin and the McGlothlin Foundation for making this important recognition of teaching excellence possible. The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are administered by Blue Ridge PBS.