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The 2011-2012 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award Winners

Mr. David Bradshaw, Charles County Public Schools

David Bradshaw is a physical education and health teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md. In addition to teaching, Mr. Bradshaw has coached various sports during his tenure at McDonough including football, baseball and golf. He earned his BS from State University of New York, Brockport in Brockport, N.Y. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Dyson, St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Elizabeth Dyson is a biology and physical education teacher at Great Mills High School in Leonardtown, Md. Prior to joining the faculty at Great Mills, Mrs. Dyson was an environmental and earth/space science teacher at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Md. She earned her BS from Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Va. and her MA from Towson University in Towson, Md.

 Mr. Walter Harley, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Walter Harley is chairman and director of bands and orchestra at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Md. Mr. Harley has also taught in North Carolina, Baltimore City Public Schools and at Mark of Excellence Christian Academy in Baltimore, Md. He earned his BA from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. and his MA from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Mr. Julian Hipkins, III, District of Columbia Public Charter Schools

 Julian Hipkins joined Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., after teaching English in Japan for almost eight years. After starting as a teaching fellow for sixth grade, he is currently the eleventh grade lead social studies teacher. Mr. Hipkins earned his BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

 Ms. Sarah Jester, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

 Sarah Jester is the choral director and department chair of Northeast High School in Pasadena, Md. Ms. Jester began her career as the choral director at Chesapeake Bay Middle School also in Pasadena. She earned her BS from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md. and her MA from Boston University in Boston, Mass.

 Ms. Sarah Kiyak, Alexandria City Public Schools

 Sarah Kiyak teaches English at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Ms. Kiyak is also the sponsor for Model United Nations and Red Cross Club. She earned her BA from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. and her MS from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.

 Mr. Nicholas Martino, Stafford County Public Schools

 Nicholas Martino is a social studies teacher at Mountain View High School in Stafford, Va. In addition to teaching, Mr. Martino is the head golf coach. He is also the assistant mens lacrosse coach at his alma mater, University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he earned his BA.

 Mrs. Arnita Meekins, District of Columbia Public Schools

 Arnita Meekins began her career as a special education teacher at Park View Elementary school in the District of Columbia. She is currently a special education teacher at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in D.C. Mrs. Meekins earned her BS from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

 Mr. George Murphy, Fauquier County Public Schools

 George Murphy has taught in Fauquier County for 30 years and is currently a biology teacher at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va. He earned a BS in biology and a BS in secondary education from Clarion State College in Clarion, Pa., and his MS from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

 Dr. Raymond Nighan, Private School

 Raymond Nighan has spent his entire career at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He is currently an English teacher, as well as dean of the faculty. Dr. Nighan also conducts the writing center for the school. He earned his BS and MA in English from University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. and his PhD from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.

 Mr. Charles Sabatier, Fairfax County Public Schools

 Charles Sabatier started his teaching career at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va. and is currently a physics teacher. In addition to his teaching duties, he is the science department chair and SGA co-sponsor. He obtained his BS from University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. and his MS from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

 Mrs. Andrea Schlegel, Loudoun County Public Schools

 Andrea Schlegel is a social studies teacher at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Va. Prior to teaching at Heritage, she was a faculty member at Ellen Glasgow Middle School, West Springfield High School and Potomac Falls High School. Mrs. Schlegel earned her BA and MEd from George Mason University.  

 Ms. Lydia Stewart, Prince William County Public Schools

 Lydia Stewart is a special education teacher at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Va. Before teaching, she was a vocational and residential trainer and a news correspondent. Ms. Stewart earned her BA and MA from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and her MA in special education from George Mason University.

 Mrs. Karin Tooze, Falls Church City Public Schools

 Karin Tooze started her career as an English teacher at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. She is currently an English teacher at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Va., teaching on level, college preparatory and International Baccalaureate English. She earned her BS from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and her MA from George Mason University.

 Mr. John VanDeventer, Calvert County Public Schools

 John VanDeventer has taught at Patuxent High School in Lusby, Md. since the beginning of his career. He is currently teaching geometry, introduction to engineering design and principles of engineering. He earned his BS from Virginia Polytechnic University and his MA from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

 Mrs. Francie Vandivere, Manassas City Public Schools

 Francie Vandivere is a third grade teacher at R.C. Haydon Elementary School in Manassas, Va. Mrs. Vandivere has also taught first, fourth and fifth grades during her career. She earned her BA from State University of New York, Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., and her MS from State University of New York, Brockport in Brockport, N.Y.

 Ms. Carrie Vieira, Montgomery County Public Schools

 Carrie Vieira taught in New York City and Shizuoka, Japan before joining the faculty at Rockville High School in Rockville, Md. as an English and theater teacher. She is also currently the instructional team leader for tenth grade English. She earned her BA from State University of New York, Geneseo in Geneseo, N.Y., and her MA from New York University in New York, N.Y.

 Dr. Laurel Wiersma, Arlington Public Schools

 Laurel Wiersma is a mathematics teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. Dr. Wiersma began her career as a mathematics teacher at Suitland High School in Forestville, Md. She earned her BA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., her MS from George Mason University and her PhD from The American University in Washington, D.C.

 Mrs. Deborah Winkles, Frederick County Public Schools

 Deborah Winkles is a visual arts teacher at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Md. Mrs. Winkles also teaches International Baccalaureate Visual Arts and Theories of Knowledge and oversees the yearbook team. In addition to a BA from University of Delaware in Newark, Del., she also earned her MA from McDaniel College.

 Mrs. Dawn Woolley, Manassas Park City Schools

 Dawn Woolley is a kindergarten and pre-kindergarten teacher at Cougar Elementary School in Manassas Park, Va. Prior to teaching at Cougar, she taught kindergarten and first grade at schools in New Jersey, New York and Woodbridge, Va. She earned her BA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

 Mrs. Lisa Young, Howard County Public Schools

 Lisa Young began her career as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Lake Hood and Creekside Park Elementary Schools in Anchorage, Alaska. She started at Atholton Elementary School in Columbia, Md., as a fourth grade teacher and is currently the gifted and talented resource teacher. Mrs. Young received her BS from Towson State University.


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