Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
May 4, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Recommendations for Commonwealth Talent Pool

The Department of Education maintains a talent pool that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and administrators in Virginia’s public schools who may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces as well as candidates for special recognition programs. Your recommendations are requested to identify educators who will be of great value to your community and the commonwealth and who also may receive recognition for their achievements.

We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool. They continue to be a valuable resource in efforts to improve public education. What is especially needed at this time is representation from educators, grades 6-12; particularly those assigned to an academic content area such as English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, or foreign languages, who are relatively new to the profession and who demonstrate unusual instructional ability.

Individuals are needed who exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and who have a positive impact on students, colleagues, and the community. To be considered, an individual must have at least five years experience in education. Candidates must be building-level personnel, typically classroom teachers who are recognized by peers and supervisors for their achievements.

Please provide on the enclosed form CONFIDENTIAL, information about one to three candidates. All questions must be answered, preferably typewritten. Please include a one-page narrative with this form that specifies how the candidate meets the criteria mentioned in this memo.

I urge you to take the time to recommend candidates. Complete information should be sent by June 15, 2001, to Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120. I look forward to your participation in this effort. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Elliott at (804) 371-2522.