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Discovering Virginia's Brightest Stars

Recognizing and Celebrating The Best Prospective Teachers In America

Ginny Hutcheson with her mentor Stephanie DoyleSix teacher candidates were nominated for and participated in the 2012 Teachers of Promise Institute:  Sarah Browne, Nick Trice, Elizabeth Fortenberry, Kelsey Everton, Caitlin Shermer, and Ginny Hutcheson. Selections for this state-wide award is based on academic credentials, commitment to the teaching profession, and exemplary character.

The Teachers Of Promise Institute (TOP) recognizes outstanding pre-service teachers who demonstrate particular potential as teacher leaders.  To that end, TOP brings beginning teachers into a network of experienced, master teacher leaders in the field for a 24-hour celebration and induction into the profession. Other selected teacher candidates from Virginia's 37 teacher preparation programs participated in the institute.  The entire event was organized and hosted by current master teachers from across the state.

The TOP Institute is headed up by award-winning teacher and William & Mary graduate Wade Whitehead, '94 and this year's keynote speaker was Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction, is also a graduate of the School of Education.

Nicholas Trice with his mentor, Laura MarshallDebbie Ramer, Visiting Professor of Special Education, represented the School of Education at TOP this year.