Expressing the Sympathy of the Board of Education to the Family and In Memory of Mary Bicouvaris, Champion of Public Education
Resolution Number 2001-21
May 6, 2001
WHEREAS, Mary Bicouvaris, a stalwart in support of the entire Standards of Learning program-- especially in the area of History--and the first Virginia teacher to be named National Teacher of the Year, died on May 2, 2001; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Bicouvaris is fondly remembered as a great champion for the cause of public education and as one who rose to the highest levels of influence, yet whose love for her students and fellow teachers made her a professional of unparalleled compassion and dignity; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Bicouvaris leaves a widely known and highly respected legacy of service leading to improved programs of instruction in our public schools, all of which will have a positive impact on Virginia's young people for generations to come; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Bicouvaris' tireless work in applying her considerable gifts of heart and mind to provide steady, reasoned leadership calls forth warm respect from all persons dedicating their careers to the interest of the young people of this Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Board of Education salute the memory of Mary Bicouvaris and extend their sincere sympathy to her husband, her children, and her family;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Board of Education express their respect and admiration for the life and work of Mary Bicouvaris, whose service to her students and to her fellow citizens brings honor to her family and to all associated with her memory.
Signed in Richmond, Virginia, This Sixth Day of May in the Year 2001.
Kirk T. Schroder, President
Board of Education
Adopted in the Minutes of the Virginia Board of Education
May 24, 2001