Superintendent's Memo #078-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 27, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Recommendations for 2009 Commonwealth Talent Pool

The Virginia Department of Education has established a talent pool that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and administrators in Virginia’s public schools. Candidates from the pool may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces. In addition, candidates may be considered for special recognition programs such as the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

For 2009, please submit recommendations for at least two secondary (grades 9-12) classroom teachers and one secondary administrator (principal or assistant principal) from your division who exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and who make a positive impact on students, colleagues, and the community. The two classroom teachers recommended should be in their early to mid careers with between 5 and 18 years of experience. (It is not necessary to submit names of regional teachers of the year since the Department maintains a database of those individuals). Principals recommended should be in their first 10 years of employment as an administrator and should not have more than 20 total years of experience. Candidates must be individuals who are recognized by peers and supervisors for their achievements.

Please submit your confidential recommendations on the attached form. All questions must be answered. Also, please include with this form a one-page letter that specifies how the candidate meets the criteria mentioned in this memorandum. Complete information should be sent by Thursday, April 30, 2009, to Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, director of teacher education, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.

I look forward to your participation in this initiative. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Carver via e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 371-2475.

PIW / PSP / jyc


a. 2009 Commonwealth Talent Pool Recommendation Form for Secondary (9-12) Teacher and Administrator (Word)