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Wakefield's Laurell Wiersma Selected as APS Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year Laurel Wiersma

Wiesrma will serve as Arlington’s nominee for the 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year, and is one of 21 metropolitan D.C. area teachers who will be honored on May 15 at The Washington Post as part of the annual Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards sponsored by The Post Company’s Educational Foundation.
On March 7, Wakefield Principal Dr. Chris Willmore called an early morning staff meeting for his teachers. As staff filed into room 110, they were greeted by Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy, Senior Staff and School Board chair Abby Raphael and Board member Libby Garvey. The meeting was to announce to staff that math teacher Dr. Laurell Wiersma has been selected as the 2012 APS teacher of the Year.
As the announcement was being made, Wiersma started to feel anxious. " I am a very shy person and I started to get nervous about standing up in front of a group of people," said Wiersma. "I was shocked because I knew that there were many deserving teachers in APS. I honestly did not expect to be chosen." (More)

Henry's Piehota Named APS Principal of the Year

Principal of the Year
Dr. Piehota will be recognized by the Arlington School Board at its meeting on Thu, May 10. She also will be recognized on Thu, May 8 as this year’s Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award recipient for Arlington.
Henry Principal Dr. Lisa Piehota was named APS Principal of the Year. The surprise announcement was made during a staff development meeting with the Henry staff. "I am excited and very humbled by the honor," said Piehota. "I work with an exceptional group of colleagues and any one of them could have easily been selected for this award. I look at each principal in Arlington as being a distinguished leader. I am proud to be a part of the leadership cadre in this county."
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Latin teachers and students gathered at H-B Woodlawn on Wed, March 7, for a "Disco Certamen" or contest. 
McKinley gifted services teacher Megan Reynolds recently hosted "Spellbinders" volunteers Betsy Fulton and Rose Avant who visited McKinley to model effective storytelling skills in conjunction with a novel study of the book Story Teller by Edward Myers.
Under the guidance of gifted resource teacher Allie Weber, a team of six Kenmore seventh and eighth grade students were one of 24 middle school teams selected by NASA to test their science experiments at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.
More Kudos
March 17 - The Color of Leadership Conference: A Male Perspective, Sat, March 17, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Arlington campus of George Mason University in Founders Hall
March 24 - Arlington Public Schools will host the seventh annual Multicultural Parent Conference on Sat, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School.
March 28 - More Seats for More Students: Next Community Update, 7-8:30 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School
Last Modified on March 30, 2012