Congratulations to these PWCS educators who were recently noted for their accomplishments.
Posted on 03/27/2019

Congratulations to these PWCS educators who were recently noted for their accomplishments.

  • Cindy Ardecki, special education teacher at Gar-Field High School, was featured on the Prince William Chamber's Hall of Fame for achieving a major life goal. After much training and preparation, Ardecki, an avid hiker, hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Ardecki says she brought many of the skills and training lessons, as well as pictures and songs, learned along her journey into the classroom to share with her students.
  • Samuel Benson, technology and engineering teacher at Marsteller Middle School, has been selected as a presenter for the 2019 Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) Summer Conference. This summer, he will train middle and high school technology and engineering teachers on the use of Auto Inventor Professional to enhance their instruction and help them teach students how to draw professional quality engineering drawings in the technology education classroom. This will be Benson’s fourth time presenting at a VTEEA state-wide summer conference.
  • Two PWCS teachers were recognized in February at a ceremony in Bealeton, Virginia, by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their contributions to citizenship education topics, including teaching Americanism and patriotism in the classroom.
    • Scott A. Cloud, civics and economics teacher at Reagan Middle School and economics teacher with the Virtual High School @ PWCS, was named Middle School Teacher of the Year for District Eight (Northern Virginia).
    • Darryl J. Robinson (Lt. Col., USAF, retired), who is the Senior AFJROTC instructor at Stonewall Jackson High School, was named the High School Teacher of the Year for District Eight (Northern Virginia).
  • David Eifert, Spanish teacher at Gar-Field High School who also serves as a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant co-coordinator, was published in the February/March 2019 edition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages magazine, “Focus Topic: Empowering Teacher Leaders.” Eifert’s article, “From New Teacher to Teacher Leader: An Early-Career Perspective on Becoming an Empowered Teacher Leader,” shares how PWCS successfully fostered his journey from new teacher to a leadership role in Prince William County Public Schools.
  • LaQueshia Jeffries, special education teacher at Fitzgerald Elementary School, has been selected as a presenter for the Temple University Scholars of Color Conference to be held April 12-13, 2019. She will conduct a workshop for professional educators on the connection between student success and teacher social, emotional learning and mindfulness practices. This summer, Jeffries will also give a TEDx-style talk at the National Teacher Self-Care Conference in Atlanta on June 20-21, 2019.
  • Vanessa Parker, first-grade teacher at Swans Creek Elementary School, has earned the Innovative Educator award from Tech4Learning. The award recognizes educators who work passionately to use technology as a means for students to creatively and rigorously demonstrate their content knowledge and understanding. Parker uses Wixie, a cloud-based Tech4Learning tool aimed at increasing student engagement and building literacy and critical thinking skills, in her classroom. Tech4Learning officials stated that Parker is one of only 66 educators in Virginia who have received this recognition over the last 15 years. Even more uncommon, Parker is the second educator at Swans Creek Elementary to be recognized. Gail Charnick, instructional technology coach, was recognized in January 2018.
  • Jayne Sherman, first grade teacher at Occoquan Elementary School and a PhD candidate at George Mason University, will present at the annual Critical Questions in Education (CQIE) conference, held in Savannah, Georgia, in March. This presentation will address how to foster diversity along with promoting an appreciation of cultural and linguistic differences within a first-grade classroom using multicultural literacy. This is Sherman’s ninth conference presentation.
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