Educator Recognition Programs
February 28, 2014, News Release – Fairfax County Science Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken National Educator Award
January 15, 2013, News Release – Virginia Teacher of the Year Makes “Final Four”
October 15, 2013, News Release – Governor McDonnell Congratulates 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year
Melissa A. Porfirio is a first-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary in Fairfax County.
Virginia Teacher of the Year Program
All public and accredited nonpublic schools are invited to participate in the Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program to select the Virginia Teacher of the Year and to honor teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.
The program is open to all teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who possess a current, renewable Virginia teaching license, including school librarians, guidance counselors, and reading specialists. Teachers must be employed in a Virginia public or accredited nonpublic school. Candidates should be dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled.
In 2006, the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure named the program in honor of the 1989 Virginia and National Teacher of the Year, Mary V. Bicouvaris.
The Milken Family Foundation Educator Awards Program
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards are designed to reward elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and administrators who promote excellence and innovation in public education.
The 2013 Milken Educator Award recipient is Elizabeth Galinis, a Hayfield Secondary School science teacher in Fairfax County.
National Teacher Recognition Programs
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.
- Virginia teachers receive 2011 mathematics and science honors – Jacqueline Curley (left) and Kimberly Riddle (right) were recently named by President Obama as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Curley teaches Integrated Science Nine and Independent Research at Loudoun County Academy of Science. Riddle teaches mathematics at Chancellor High School in the Spotsylvania County. See news release, June 11, 2012.
National History Teacher of the Year Award
The National History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding K–12 American history teachers across the country. One finalist from each state, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense schools, and the U.S. territories is selected annually. From these finalists, a national winner is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year.
Katie Blomquist – 2013 Virginia History Teacher of the Year
Fairfax County fourth-grade Virginia Studies teacher Katie Blomquist was recently named 2013 Virginia History Teacher of the Year. Blomquist teaches at Sunrise Valley Elementary School in Fairfax County. She is the 10th educator to be honored as the commonwealth's top history teacher by VDOE, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, History, and Preserve America. See news release, June 17, 2013.