GSE Graduate Named Virginia Teacher of the Year

Posted: December 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

An alumna of George Mason’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) has been named the Virginia 2004 Teacher of the Year. Laurie Sullivan, who graduated from George Mason this year, is a science and mathematics teacher at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Arlington. She was selected from eight Regional Teachers of the Year and will be Virginia’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc.

“I am delighted to hear about the success of one of the Graduate School of Education’s many highly qualified graduates,” says Jeff Gorrell, GSE dean. “The whole school is proud of her accomplishments and the fact that she represents so completely the ideals of effective teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Sullivan’s award includes a $1,000 check from the Allen, Allen, and Allen law firm, classroom technology equipment from SmarterKids Foundation, a $1,000 savings bond, and an engraved crystal apple. The committee that selected her included representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community, and 2003 Teacher of the Year Douglas Armstrong, a band director at Brooke Point High School in Stafford County.

Sullivan is a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She has received the George Mason’s Academic Excellence and Leadership Award and the Washington Post Agnes Myer Outstanding Teacher Award. In addition, she was selected as AAUW’s Arlington County Educator of the Year.

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