The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence
Eighteen teachers vie for $54,000 in prestigious prizes
(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS announced that 18 outstanding teachers from across the Blue Ridge region remain in the running for the prestigious 2014 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Among the largest teaching prizes in the U.S., the two McGlothlin Award winners receive $25,000 each, while four runners-up receive $1,000 each.
These semi-finalists next move through two more evaluation levels, with winners announced at the annual McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching at Radford University in April 2014. Blue Ridge PBS staff direct the awards process each year.
“We are thrilled by the range of schools and communities these candidates represent,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Outstanding educators deserve to be recognized and appreciated, and we congratulate all the teachers in the semi-final groups.”
The 2014 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the elementary category are:
- Andrew Perry, Anderson Elementary, Bristol City, TN
- Steven Cregger, High Point Elementary, Washington County
- Kimberly Dickerson, Gilbert Linkous Elementary, Montgomery County
- Tracy Proffitt, Robert S. Payne Elementary, Lynchburg City
- Valerie Close, South Salem Elementary, Salem City
- Jen Hancock, Bonsack Elementary, Roanoke County
- Robin Bibb, Belview Elementary, Montgomery County
- Michelle Greene, Auburn Elementary, Montgomery County
- Angela Wimberly, Monterey Elementary, Roanoke City
The 2014 McGlothlin Awards semi-finalists in the secondary category are:
- Erin Bond, Floyd County High, Floyd County
- Sarah Burke, Gate City Middle/High, Scott County
- Michael Brown, Clifton Middle, Alleghany County
- Susan Hampton, Virginia Middle, Bristol City, VA
- Stephanie Miller, Colonial Heights Middle, Sullivan County, TN
- Emily Muterspaugh, Alleghany High, Alleghany County
- Stephanie O’Brien, Chatham High, Pittsylvania County
- Mary Slone, South Floyd High, Floyd County, KY
- Albert “Gus” Teller, Blacksburg Middle, Montgomery County
"The McGlothlin Foundation's goal is for the awards to inspire recipients, their students, their peers, and indeed, their entire school. It is our intent to find the best teachers in today's classrooms around our region. We want to recognize their fine work, reward them for it, and by so doing inspire others to the high qualities they exemplify. Certainly, this award will recognize in a rather significant way what we consider one of the most important professions-and one with so many unsung heroes."
Special thanks go to Tom McGlothlin and the McGlothlin Foundation for making this important recognition of teaching excellence possible. The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are administered by Blue Ridge PBS.