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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Two Patrick Henry High School ROTEC finance teachers have earned the 2012-13 Gold Star Teacher Award from Working in Support of Education, or W!SE.
Teachers Kim Elliot and Megan Faulring were among 180 educators across the country to receive the award. Together the two teachers had a pass rate of 91 percent for students tested on the W!SE financial literacy certification exam, according to information from the school system.
W!SE is a nonprofit that creates programs for financial literacy and college and workplace readiness.
Patrick Henry High School has also been named a W!SE Blue Star School for the first time because of student participation on the financial literacy test.
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Former Virginia Western Community College President Charles Downs has been appointed to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Community College Advisory Board, according to a news release.
The honor society has active chapters on two- and four-year college campuses and awards scholarship money to undergraduates, according to the statement.
Downs, who retired in July 2001, led Virginia Western for two decades. He also served as interim president of Northern Virginia Community College and held leadership and instructional positions at Tidewater Community College and Clayton College.
“We will benefit greatly from the wealth of Dr. Downs’ experiences as we strive to help more community colleges and their students connect to the NSCS model,” Brian Johnson, vice president of the community college division of NSCS, said in a statement. “His is a respected voice on how we can aid community college students in graduating and advancing to four-year institutions, which is essential in today’s world.”
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A Salem educator was recently honored by the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition.
Curtis Hicks, Salem’s director of secondary education, received the organization’s Outstanding Professional Service Award.
According to information from the school system, the coalition gives the honor each year to someone who does prevention work, but goes “above and beyond the call of duty” exceeding professional requirements.
Hicks played a role in instituting random drug testing for students who participate in Virginia High School League events.
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