Cloverdale, VA – There are some amazing teachers out there. “Super Teachers,” in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Summer Underwood is one of those teachers and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2014 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.
Ms. Underwood received the award today in a surprise presentation at Read Mountain Middle School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.
This is the seventh year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, nearly 800 were received. Eight teachers are then selected – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Summer Underwood is the third educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2014. Five more surprise presentations will occur this spring.
“Without doubt, Summer is the most passionate member of our entire staff by being a tireless promoter of Rachel's Challenge and creating a community of kindness, caring, and compassion amongst our students and staff alike,” said colleague and nominator Stephanie Hufton. “She works nights, weekends, mornings, afternoons and any time in between on projects and activities for our students to demonstrate all that Rachel's Challenge is about.”
The 2014 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:
· Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
· Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
· The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
· Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
· John Bennett, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Mary Munford Elementary School
The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how they involve the parents of their students.
“We’re game for education and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Summer Underwood who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”
Botetourt County Public Schools received nearly $900,000 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2013. Lottery dollars are funding programs such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013.
Super Teacher page: http://vasuperteacher.com/
Paula Otto: http://www.valottery.com/aboutus/leadership
Virginia PTA: http://www.vapta.org/
Supply Room Companies: http://tsrcinc.net/