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For Immediate Release
November 1, 2004

Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420

Julie Grimes
Public Information Officer
(804) 225-2775

Fairfax County’s Joseph Hills Named Virginia’s 2005 Teacher of the Year

Joseph Hills, a world studies teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County and educator for more than 40 years, was named the Virginia 2005 Teacher of the Year at a celebratory banquet Friday evening in Richmond. Hills was selected from the eight Virginia 2005 Regional Teachers of the Year announced in early October. Hills will be the commonwealth’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc.

“While many in his position would be looking at retirement, Joe doesn’t appear to be giving it a thought,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary. “He is the embodiment of a dedicated teacher who is energized by his students and at the same time energizes those in his classroom.”

Hills has taught history-related subjects during the regular academic year since 1960 and for 42 summer school sessions. He is a member of numerous education associations, the National Council of Social Studies, the Virginia Council of Social Studies, and is active in various PTAs. He has received the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, as well as outstanding teacher awards from the University of Chicago and Smith College.

Hills was selected after being interviewed earlier in the day by a committee that included representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community, and 2004 Virginia Teacher of the Year Laurie J. Sullivan, a science and mathematics teacher at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Arlington County

Two previous Virginia Teachers of the Year have gone on to become National Teacher of the Year: B. Philip Bigler, the 1998 Virginia Teacher of the Year, and Mary Bicouvaris, the 1989 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

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