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TJ assistant principal most outstanding in state

The Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals has named Shawn DeRose, assistant principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the 2014 Outstanding Assistant Principal of Virginia. DeRose is now in the running for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award.

DeRose will receive his award at the 87th annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition in Williamsburg in June.

“Shawn extends beyond his comfort zone as a result of building teams of students, teachers and parents to enable collaboration,” said TJHSST principal Evan Glazer. “He knows how to express care and appreciation for the community, so they feel motivated and get involved.”

Before being named assistant principal, DeRose was director of student activities for three years, working with the PTSA and booster organizations, and creating Facebook and Twitter accounts for the school. He was assistant principal at Stuart High School from 2003 to 2010.

DeRose earned a master of arts in educational administration from the Ohio State University in Columbus and a bachelor of science in education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Centreville math teacher, mentor honored

Kathy Beatty, a math teacher at Centreville High School since 1991, has received the 2014 William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year Award from the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The award will be presented at the VCTM annual conference in Harrisonburg in March.

Beatty is an instructor in Fairfax County Public Schools’ Great Beginnings program for new teachers, and is a Teachers for Tomorrow instructor at her school, preparing students for internships in local elementary and middle schools.

“She is a teacher and mentor to students and teachers alike in the truest sense of the word,” said Centreville High principal Martin Grimm. “Kathy, of her own volition, took on the task of re-engineering our calculus program to match the needs of all of our students.”

She is able to “draw out the best in the teachers she works with,” Grimm added.

Beatty was a finalist for FCPS Teacher of the Year in 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree in education for secondary mathematics in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University.

Burke singer to perform in conservatory recitals

Eric Fischer of Burke, a student at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, has earned the honor of performing in two of the conservatory’s Danenberg Honors Recitals. Over the course of two nights, Feb. 7 and 15, student musicians will perform in the annual recitals in the school’s Warner Concert Hall.

Fischer, a senior, will sing “Gruppe aus dem Tartarus,” “Standchen,” “Aufenthalt” and “Liebesbotschaft” by Schubert. The concert will feature solo performers and ensembles, ranging from an organ performance and a historical performance ensemble to a jazz trio performing an original composition.

Select students are invited to audition for the recitals, and faculty panels choose performers who will demonstrate the best that the conservatory has to offer.

The recitals will be streamed live through Oberlin Conservatory’s Listen Live page at

Peers honor elementary, secondary band directors

The Fairfax County Band Directors Association has named Jane Morgan, band director at Stratford Landing and Waynewood elementary schools, the 2013-14 Elementary Band Director of the Year.

The association named Linda Gammon, band director at Carson Middle School, the 2013-14 Secondary Band Director of the Year.

Gammon has taught in Fairfax County Public Schools for 27 years. School Band and Orchestra magazine twice named her one of the “Fifty Directors Who Make a Difference,” and she was named Virginia Outstanding Music Educator of the Year in 2007.

Finalists for the 2013-14 Band Director of the Year award included Debby Kelly, who teaches at Bren Mar Park, Springfield Estates and West Springfield elementary schools; Allison Parrell, who teaches at Chesterbrook, Haycock and Kent Gardens elementary schools; and Dan Kosko, band director at Frost Middle School.

FCPS teachers earn certification

Twelve Fairfax County Public Schools teachers earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2013.

The newly board-certified teachers are Jacquie Diggs (Eagle View Elementary), Karen Halladay and Erin Snell (Freedom Hill Elementary), Hoda Kwaik (Island Creek Elementary), Andrea Trumbull (Parklawn Elementary), Kelly Plumb (Providence Elementary), Isabel Messmore (Riverside Elementary), Rosemary Nevin (Terra Centre Elementary), Nicole Choinier-Kroeker (formerly of Franklin Sherman Elementary) Tiffany Hitz (Twain Middle), Christina Owens (Fairfax High) and Kristine Elsener (Lee High),

To be eligible to apply for board certification, a teacher must hold a baccalaureate degree, have taught for at least three years and have held a valid state teaching state teaching license in his or her state for at least three years.

College credits

These students have been named to the fall/winter 2013 dean’s lists at their respective colleges and universities.

Alyssa Easterly of Fairfax and William Meinert of Herndon, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio.

Yihan Zhou of Fairfax, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.

Olivia Cibelle Zendja of Centreville, Georgetown College, Ky.

Janet Christensen of Fairfax and Cooper Bourdon of Vienna, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich.

Matthew Cumpian of Chantilly and Alyssa Renner of Herndon, Harding University, Searcy, Ariz.

Zeyu Yuan of Centreville, Michelle Viar of Fairfax, Mark Robic of Herndon and Lili Samad-zadeh of Vienna, New River Community College, Dublin.

Jessica Peltier of Clifton, Stephanie Feeback of Oak Hill, and Daxx Wieser and Julia Fraser, both of Vienna, Oklahoma City University, OK.

Valerie Armbruster of Centreville, and Latham Fell, Chantal Cough-Schulze and Maxson Faulkner, all of Falls Church, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Fiona Carroll of Alexandria, Stonehill College, Easton, Mass.

Kyle Downer of Herndon and Kurt Hansen of Fairfax, University at Albany, N.Y.

Payam Ferdowsyan Mehdia of Centreville and Eric Hautbois of Fairfax, University of Charleston, W.Va.

Sarah Sapirstein of Alexandria, Gillian Cannon of Burke, and Lydia Fernandes, Alexandra Lockhart and Courtney Prillaman, all of McLean, University of Vermont, Burlington.

Alexandria Garcia, Sarah Knenlein, Timothy Lindsay, Caleb Russell, Nicholas Smith and Arthur Stier, all of Alexandria; Chris Ahn, Hunter Brooks, Joy Putney and Jordan Yost, all of Fairfax; Stephen Rowley of Fairfax Station; DeLacy Rosse of McLean; and Annie Gauf, William Hecht, Sarah Rachal and Hannah Rak, all of Vienna, Washington and Lee University, Lexington.

Philip Krone of Oak Hill, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pa.

Rebecca Downs of Springfield, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.