Meet the 2010-2011 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award winners:
Charles County Public Schools
Christine Dutrow is an English teacher at North Point High School in Waldorf, Md. Mrs. Dutrow began her career as a language arts teacher at North Point. She earned her BA from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio and will complete her MS in July, 2011.
Calvert County Public Schools
Marcella Gruver is a special education teacher at Sunderland Elementary School in Sunderland, Md. Prior to joining the faculty at Sunderland, Mrs. Gruver was the special education teacher and team leader at The Harbour School in Annapolis, Md. She earned her BA at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. and her MA at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md.
St. Mary's County Public Schools
Michelle Hirtz began her education career as a first grade teacher at Dr. Brown Elementary School in Waldorf, Md. Ms. Hirtz then taught first grade and was a Reading Recovery teacher in Virginia Beach, Va. She now serves as a Kindergarten teacher at Lexington Park Elementary School in Lexington Park, Md. Ms. Hirtz earned her BS from the University of Maryland and her MEd from Towson University in Towson, Md.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Danny Imwold is a science teacher at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Md., a position he has held since 2004. Prior to joining the education field, Mr. Imwold was a chemist and worked in the food and biotech industry. He earned his BS from Towson University and his MS from the University of Maryland.
Manassas Park City Schools
Kellie Jones began her teaching career in Kingstree, S.C. as a fifth grade teacher. Mrs. Jones then worked as a Kindergarten teacher and a third grade teacher in Norfolk, Va. She then worked at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, Va. Mrs. Jones is now a Kindergarten teacher at Cougar Elementary School in Manassas. She earned her BS from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Penn.
K. David Keller
Loudoun County Public Schools
K. David Keller is the band director at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va. Prior to joining the faculty at Stone Bridge, Mr. Keller was the band director at Powell Valley High School in Big Stone Gap, Va. He earned his BA from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. and his MME from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Thomas Krawczewicz is an English and computer science teacher at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Mr. Krawczewicz is also the computer science department chair at DeMatha. He earned his BS from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. and his MS from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla.
Prince William County Public Schools
Maryann O’Brien is a special education teacher at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Va. Mrs. O’Brien is the lead teacher for the Intellectually Disabled Department. Mrs. O’Brien earned her BA from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Penn. and her MEd from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery County Public Schools
Charles Orifici is the instrumental music teacher at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Md. Prior to coming to Clarksburg, Mr. Orifici taught at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md. He earned his BA from Saint Mary’s College in St. Mary’s City, Md. and will complete his MME from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. in 2011.
District of Columbia Public Schools
Giovanni Peña is a second and third grade teacher at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington, D.C. Half of the students in Mr. Peña’s class are native Spanish speakers. Mr. Peña began his career at Community Academy Public Charter School in D.C., where he taught at their Butler Bilingual Campus. He earned his BS from Cabrini College in Radnor, Penn. and will complete his MA from The American University in Washington, D.C. in July, 2011.
Falls Church City Public Schools
Suzanne Planas is a Spanish teacher at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Va. Ms. Planas is also the world languages department leader at George Mason. She earned her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. and her MA at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Manassas City Public Schools
Sandra Reynolds began her career as an office manager and administrative assistant. Mrs. Reynolds entered the education field when she began teaching at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, Va. She taught second, then fifth grade. Mrs Reynolds assumed her current position as reading specialist at Mayfield Intermediate School in Manassas in 2006. She earned her BA from George Mason University and her MEd from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
Fauquier County Public Schools
Susan Robertson has spent her entire career in Fauquier County Public Schools. Mrs. Robinson has taught at C.M Bradley and C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary Schools in Warrenton, Va. She is currently a fourth grade teacher at Greenville Elementary School in Nokesville, Va. Mrs. Robertson earned her BA from Madison College in Harrisonburg, Va. and her MEd from George Mason University.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Jamie Sawatzky is a seventh grade history teacher at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, Va. Mr. Sawatzky is also the chair of the social studies department and the coordinator of the summer programs at Rocky Run. He earned his BA from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Penn. and his MEd from George Mason University.
Alexandria City Public Schools
Sandra Slaven is the science lab teacher at Jefferson-Houston Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. Mrs. Slaven is a member of the Elementary Science Leadership Team for Alexandria City Public Schools. She earned her BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Penn. and her MEd from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Howard County Public Schools
Lori Speelman is the gifted and talented resource enrichment teacher at Hollifield Station Elementary School in Ellicott City, Md. Ms. Speelman was a fifth grade teacher before assuming her current position. She has also taught at the Department of Defense Dependants School is Bad Aibling, Germany. Ms. Speelman earned her BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MS from Loyal College in Baltimore, Md.
Frederick County Public Schools
Brenda Tarquinio is the physical education teacher at Orchard Grove Elementary School in Frederick, Md. Prior to teaching physical education, Ms. Tarquinio was a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary School in Frederick. Ms. Tarquinio earned her BA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. and her MS from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Arlington Public Schools
Matthew Tosiello is a third grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va. Mr. Tosiello is also the ESOL/HILT specialist for the staff at Randolph. He earned his BS from Georgetown University and his MEd from The George Washington University.
Stafford County Public Schools
David Vita is the music educator at Anne E. Moncure Elementary School in Stafford, Va. Mr. Vita also directs the “Blue Beat” World Percussion Group and “Blue Breeze” Chorus at Moncure. Mr. Vita is a former member and assistant director of the Quantico Marine Band. He earned his BA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MEd from Jones International University in Centennial, Colo.
Prince George's County Public School
Brian Weeks is a math resource teacher at Greenbelt Elementary School in Greenbelt, Md. Mr. Weeks has been teaching in Prince George’s County since 1994. Prior to that he was a teacher in the District of Columbia. He earned his MS from Winston-Salem University in Winston-Salem, N.C. and his MEd from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mr. Weeks is currently a doctoral candidate at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.
District of Columbia Public Charter Schools
Christina Williams began her teaching career as a teacher for Teach for America. After finishing a summer teaching summer school in the Bronx in New York City, Ms. Williams worked as a teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She also taught in the Anne Arundel County Public School System. Ms. Williams is now a reading and writing teacher at SEED Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.