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McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching


Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 4:00-7:30
Awards Ceremony: 6:30 in Bondurant Auditorium, Radford University

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles Sydnor, Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum

Keynote Topic: Look to the Light and Trust Your Instincts

Six of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2014 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Two winners, who will be awarded $25,000 each, will be announced April 10 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development. The awards ceremony caps the day's McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching activities that begin at 4 p.m. at various locations on campus.  The event is open, and no registration is required for the general public. 

Schedule of Events

4:00-4:45    Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Charles Sydnor: Years Spent as an Expert Witness in Nazi War Crimes Trials, Bonnie Hurlburt Auditorium

5:00- 6:00   Presentations:

- Previous Winner 2013 (K-5) Pam MacDonald, Giles County, Heth 014

- Previous Winner 2013 (6-12) Steven Ahn, Washington County, Heth 022

- Teaching Critical Issues in the Elementary Classroom: Sharon Zuckerwar, Supervisor of Social Sciences and Character Education, Montgomery County Public Schools, Heth 043

- Teaching Critical Issues in the Secondary Classroom: Melissa Lisanti, Project Coordinator, VDOE Training and Technical Assistance Center, Radford University, Heth 016

6:30- 7:30   Awards Ceremony, Bondurant Auditorium

Parking is available after 3:30 p.m. in any unrestricted space. If parking before 6:00 p.m., a parking permit is required. Parking permit available via RSVP or click here. Email mcglothlin@radford.edu or call (540) 831-5000.

2014 McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching Finallists

The three finalists in the elementary category are:

  • Steven Cregger, High Point Elementary School, Washington County Schools
  • Michelle Greene, Auburn Elementary School, Montgomery County Schools
  • Tracy Proffitt, Robert S. Payne Elementary School, Lynchburg City Schools

The three finalists in the secondary category are:

  • Erin Bond, Floyd County High School, Floyd County Schools
  • Susan Hampton, Virginia Middle School, Bristol City (VA) Schools
  • Stephanie Miller, Colonial Heights Middle School, Sullivan County (TN) Schools 

"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." Tom McGlothlin


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 and judged by Blue Ridge PBS.