The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards
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.
Principal at Hugo A. Owens Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia
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Dortch has served as principal at Hugo A. Owens Middle School since 2013. Dortch began her career with Chesapeake Public Schools in 2000 as a Spanish teacher.
Dortch is known as a hands-on leader, providing opportunities for staff development and increasing overall school morale. It is not uncommon to see her co-teaching a lesson in the classroom, organizing spirited assemblies before assessments, or offering a pep talk one-on-one.
Ms. Dortch’s leadership and enthusiasm extend beyond the classroom, as well. She serves as vice president of the Chesapeake Associate of Public School Administrators, a guest speaker in the educational leadership programs at Virginia Teach and Old Dominion University, and a certified National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Breaking Ranks trainer. She served for seven years as the Virginia High School League forensics director for the Southeastern district and Eastern region.
Dortch earned a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages in 2000 from Longwood College and a master’s in Education, Education Policy and Planning and Leadership from the College of William & Mary in 2005. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education at Virginia Tech.
Lauren Anne Wilson
Math Teacher at C.D. Hylton Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia
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Wilson, a 1997 Hylton High graduate, has served at the school as a mathematics teacher, volleyball/soccer coach and mentor for new teachers.
The division credits her collaborative approach and commitment to high expectations as contributing to Hylton High’s success in raising student achievement in mathematics, especially in Algebra I.
Early in her career, Wilson took on a leadership position and is now considered "the voice of the teachers" and a "go-to" person at the school. She is well-known throughout the district and conducted a workshop for math professional development after only three years in the district. Due to her promotion of the co-teaching model, the school has been selected as a demonstration site by the Virginia Department of Education Excellence in Co-Teaching initiative.
As another testament to Wilson's teaching prowess, enrollment in AP Calculus doubled to 31 students and every student passed the class. The AP pass rate increased from 35% to 85% in one year after she started teaching AP — a notable feat.
Wilson began her career in 2001 after earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia. In 2004, she earned a master’s in mathematics from the University of Mary Washington.
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