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.
See News Release – December 11, 2015.
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.
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