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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Staff Accomplishments

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2013-2014 Awards & Honors

Gunston Staff Accomplishments

Elena Rodriguez with RIF Award RIF - Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia

Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia presented the Area Award for Arlington to Gunston Middle School and Ms. Elena Rodriguez, in honor of the Outstanding RIF Distributions that have been organized at Gunston since the program began in 2001. Thanks to Ms. Danielle Schwartz, who attended the RIF Ordering Meeting on April 8, 2014 and accepted the award on behalf of Gunston.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Advisory Council

Speech Ms. Wendy Fox was a delegate to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Advisory Council Meeting on March 15th, 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to to develop a framework for the future of the association's members practicing in the fields of Speech, Language Pathology and Audiology and to lobby Congress on behalf of the professions. Ms. Fox worked with legislative aides on issues related to the Special Education and General Education settings.

Luzdary Chamorro Blue Ridge Earth Science Collaborative

Sixth Grade Teacher Ms. Luzdary Chamorro has been accepted into the Blue Ridge Earth Science Collaborative Astronomy course for teachers. She will be attending the course at the University of Virginia in Charlottsville in June 2014.

 The American String Teacher Journal

Gene Pohl Ms. Gene Pohl, Gunston's orchestra director, has been writing reviews of new music published for school string orchestra programs, as well as lesson books on string instruments.  The American String Teacher Journal, a national publication of the American String Teacher Association, published two of her reviews in February as well as a short biography of her.

Monica Roaché

The Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations (ESRI) Conference

Gunston Assistant Principal Dr. Monica Roaché was selected to be on a panel of six alumni to discuss the realities of life after graduate school at George Washington University in The Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The panel, Transitions: Life After Grad School, takes place on Friday, Mar. 21, 2014. It is part of The Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations (ESRI) Conference.

VAmy Markowitz irginia ESL Supervisors' Association (VESA) Conference

Sixth Grade Teacher Ms. Amy Markowitz presented at the Virginia ESL Supervisors' Association (VESA) Conference in Richmond, Virginia on February 8, 2014. The title of the presentation was Practical Strategies to Increase Academic Language in the Classroom.

Jackie Rogers, 2014 Gunston MIddle School Teacher of the Year

GMS Staff Members of the Year!APS Logo

Teacher of the Year

Ms. Jackie Rogers
8th Grade Geography Teacher

Support Employees of the Year

Lisa Welde A Scale
Ms. Lisa Welde
Instructional Assistant
Saundra Simonson C Scale
Ms. Saundra Simonson

Cafeteria Assistant
Josh Merck E Scale
r. Josh Merck
Activities Director
Richard Roberts
G Scale
Mr. Richard Roberts
Library Administrative Assistant

Robert Dillard M Scale
Mr. Robert Dillard
Night Custodial Supervisor

Virginia Association of Science Teacher Conference

Luzdary Chamorro Sixth Grade Teacher Ms. Luzdary Chamorro co-presented at the Virginia Association of Science Teacher Conference in November. The title of the presentation was Tree Study: Catalyst for Stewardship, i-Tree and Earth and was about the tree work that her classes are doing. Her classes were also featured in an APS Green Scene Video.

Assess Your Watershed Tree Canopy Workshop For Educators

Ms. Chamorro co-presented again on the i-Tree project with Mary Van Dyke on December 11, 2013 at the Assess Your Watershed Tree Canopy Workshop For Educators sponsored through Earth Force.

ACS Science Coaches

Ms. Luzdary Chamorro was accepted into the ACS Science Coaches program for the 2013-14 school year. She will be partnering with a chemist for the rest of the year and Gunston will receive a $500 grant to support the partnership.

Latino-Youth Leadership Conference

Three Gunston teachers presented at the Latino-Youth Leadership Conference on Nov. 22.on the following career topics at the conference: Ms. Ruth Valverde - Education, Mr. Felix Herrera - Military Careers and Ms. Vanessa Zuniga - Counseling, Social Work,  & Psychology. Ms. Juanita Gibbons chaperoned the 17 GMS HILT students who attended and Ms. Marlene Cordero served on the planning committee for the conference. Check out the article about the conference in the Washington Post,  Latino Students in Arlington Explore Careers.

Latino Youth Leadership Conference

National Board Certification

Nadia Robles Congratulations to Ms. Nadia Robles, 8th Grade Science Teacher who is now a National Board Certified teacher.


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention

Eighth Grade English Teacher Mr. John Stewart attended the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Boston in November and presented on his paperless writing workshop, Morning Madness.
John Stewart  
Drama Teacher Ms. Caitlin Chapuis also attended and co-presented with Mr. Stewart on using drama strategies in the Language Arts classroom, Beyond Tableau: Easy to Use Drama Strategies for the ELA Classroom.
John Stewart and Caitlin Chapuis

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