The 2007-2008 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award Winners

April 10

The 2007-2008 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award winners include:

John T. Brooks

Charles County Public Schools

Mr. Brooks is a first grade teacher at J.P. Ryon Elementary School and has spent his entire career as an educator for the Charles County Public Schools. From 1987 to 2005, he served as a fifth, third and second grade teacher at Gale-Bailey Elementary School in Marbury, Md. Mr. Brooks assumed his current position in 2005. In 2002, he was recognized by the Maryland Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars for professionalism in the education of youth in the community. Mr. Brooks received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Colleen Dykema

Arlington Public Schools

Mrs. Dykema is a seventh and eight grade reading skills and eighth grade resource teacher in world geography at Swanson Middle School. In 1973, she began her career in education abroad as an English teacher at Grimmelshausenschule in Gelnhausen, Germany. Mrs. Dykema returned to the U.S. in 1974, and worked for The George Washington University as an international student advisor in the International Student Advising Office. From 1975 to 1977, she worked at the Embassy of Kuwait as an academic counselor. In 1978, Mrs. Dykema joined the faculty of the District of Columbia Public Schools and over the next six years she chaired the foreign language department as well as taught 9-12 grade german, french and English at Ballou Senior High School. From 1985 to 1987, she took time off to start a family and in 1988, she moved to Mount Olivet Preschool in Arlington, Va., where she taught three and five year until 1992. In 1993, Mrs. Dykema returned to the District of Columbia school system and taught French for grades 1-5 at Scott Montgomery Elementary School. She assumed her present position in 2000. Mrs. Dykema received a bachelor of arts degree in french from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., and a master of international affairs degree from The George Washington University.

Sue Ann Gleason

Loudoun County Public Schools

Mrs. Gleason is a first grade teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School. She began her career in education in 1979, as a first and second grade teacher at Coles Elementary School in Manassas, Va. After 15 years at Coles, Mrs. Gleason moved to Mountain View Elementary School in Haymarket, Va., where she taught first and second grades until 2001, when she joined the Prince William County Public School system and assumed her current position. She has authored "Stories and Poems of Long Ago" an educational series for Children's Television International. Mrs. Gleason received a bachelor of science degree in education from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Laura M. Hoover

Fauquier County Public Schools

Mrs. Hoover is a K-5 teacher of English as a second language (ESL) at Margaret M. Pierce Elementary School. She began her career in education in 2000 as a second grade bilingual/ESL teacher at Joseph Zito Elementary School in Phoenix, Ariz. In 2003, Mrs. Hoover joined the Fauquier County public school system as a K-5 teacher of English as a Second Language at P.B. Smith Elementary School in Warrenton, Va. She assumed her current position in 2004. Mrs. Hoover receiced a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Spanish and religious studies from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction-elementary education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Suzanne Walker Lank

Alexandria City Public Schools

Mrs. Lank is a local reading teacher and K-5 literacy coach at Matthew Maury Elementary School. She began her career in education in 1995 as an elementary school teacher at William Perry Elementary School in Waynesboro, Va. From 1999 to 2000, she traveled abroad and taught K-12 English as a Second Language at the Colegio Ingles in Iquique, Chile. In 2000, Mrs. Lank returned to the U.S., as a reading teacher for Starside Elementary School in DeSoto, Kan. She joined Alexandria City Public Schools and the staff of Maury Elementary School in 2001 as a local reading teacher. In 2002, Mrs. Lank became a first grade teacher at Maury and assumed her current position in 2003. She received a bachelor of arts degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and a master of education degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Andrew E. Loft

Stafford County Public Schools

Mr. Loft is the director of bands and department chair at Colonial Forge High School. He began his career in education in 1995, as the director of bands and arts education department chair at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Loft moved south to Florida where he was the associate director of bands at Miami Coral Park Senior High School. He assumed his current position in 1999. Since 2006, Mr. Loft has served as director and conductor for American Music Abroad, an honor concert band that travels in Europe. He received a bachelor of arts degree in music education from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master of music degree in tuba performance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

Denise O'Neil

Falls Church City Schools

Ms. O'Neil is a speech and language pathologist at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. In 1980, she began her career in education as a speech and language pathologist for Cumberland Rhode Island School Department. From 1982 to 1987, Ms. O'Neil was a speech and language pathologist at St. John's Child Development Center in Washington, D.C. In 1987, she was promoted and for the next four years served as program director for St John's. During the summers of 1986 and 1987, Ms. O'Neil taught an introductory special education course at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She assumed her current position in 1993. She received bachelor of science and master of science degrees in speech pathology from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

Dorothy H. Richards

Calvert County Public Schools

Mrs. Richards is an algebra, geometry and academic algebra II teacher at Patuxent High School and has spent her entire career as an educator in the Calvert County Public School system. From 1998 to 2000, she worked as a substitute teacher for Calvert County and in 1999, Mrs. Richards accepted the position of part-time teaching assistant in special education at Mutual Elementary School in Port Republic, Md. In 2000, Mrs. Richards joined the staff at Patuxent teaching mathematics and became a full-time teacher in 2002. She is also a consultant reviewing state specific test preparation materials for McDougall Littell a division of Houghton Mifflin and a math tutor. Mrs. Richards received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Teri L. Salmons

Howard County Public Schools

Mrs. Salmons is a third grade teacher at Rockburn Elementary School. In 1976, she began her career as an educator teaching kindergarten at W.W. White Elementary School in San Antonio, Tex. From 1979 to 1982, she was a teacher for The Department of Defense Dependent Schools. Mrs. Salmon's first assignment was teaching fourth grade at Fort Rucker Dependents School in Ala. In 1980, Mrs. Salmon's second assignment stationed her abroad as a first grade teacher in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany. In 1984, Mrs. Salmons joined the staff of St. David's Catholic School in Davie, Fla., as a kindergarten teacher where she remained for one year. From 1985 to 1989, she taught third grade and then first grade at Lexington Elementary School in Lexington, S.C. In 1992, Mrs. Salmons joined the Howard County Public School system as a second and third grade teacher and third grade team leader at Swansfield Elementary School. From 1996 to 2001, she was a third grade teacher and team leader at Pointers Run Elementary School. In 2001, Mrs. Salmons moved to Longfellow Elementary School and was a third grade teacher and team leader. She assumed her current position in 2004. Mrs. Salmons received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and American history from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Towson State University in Towson, Md.

Chevelli Elease Smith

Prince William County Public Schools

Mrs. Smith is a U.S. history and world geography teacher at Gar-Field Senior High School. She has spent her entire career as an educator in the Prince William County Public School system teaching at Gar-Field since 1998. Mrs. Smith is a member of the National Education and Virginia Education Associations. She was given the "Working Together Building Children's Future Award" by Gar-Field's Youth Leadership Committee and the "Outstanding Youth Leadership Award" by the Community Church of Christ. Mrs. Smith received a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master of education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.


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