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School Board Recognitions
November 15, 2016

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. Virginia Association for Driver Education and Traffic Safety Contest Winners
The School Board is proud to recognize Salem High School student Grant Minor, first place winner in a statewide contest sponsored by the Virginia Association for Driver Education and Traffic Safety.

Each year, the association invites students to submit entries in one of three categories: poster, bumper sticker or license plate.

Grant won first place in the license plate category with his cool design encouraging drivers to “Power Down,” which you can see on the screen.

Another Salem student, Diamond Wilson, who was unable to join us tonight, took first place in the bumper sticker category. Her winning work is also on our screen and sends a clear message about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Each of them won $50 and their artwork will be used in driver safety programs throughout Virginia next year. Congratulations!

6B. Virginia Association for Driver Education and Traffic Safety Teacher of the Year
We just met some great students honored by the Virginia Association for Driver Education and Traffic Safety. We’re also proud that the organization selected one of our own as their 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Please join the School Board in congratulating Landstown High School teacher Angela Tonnesen.

Mrs. Tonnesen has been a proud health, physical education and driver’s education teacher for 16 years—all of them with Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

During her career, she has been involved in several curriculum committees and also coordinated the “Partners for Safe Teen driver” parent meetings at Landstown High School.

However, what really “drives” her is teaching students skills that “will last a lifetime.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Tonnessen!

6C. Virginia Society for Technology in Education Outstanding Leader of the Year
Each year, the Virginia Society for Technology in Education recognizes exemplary educators through several different awards. We are proud that the 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Year is our very own Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Cashwell!
In the nomination, Dr. Cashwell was described as the driving force behind the division’s digital learning transformation. Compass to 2020, the school division’s strategic plan, calls for creating multiple personalized learning opportunities for students, including using technology to increase student flexibility with respect to when and how learning occurs. To support this goal, Dr. Cashwell established the division’s Digital Learning Anchor Schools initiative involving a cadre of 15 schools that study device implementation and develop digital learning best practices to support expansion of digital learning programs throughout all Virginia Beach schools. She also championed providing every school an instructional technology specialist.

Dr. Cashwell, who is a graduate of Virginia Beach schools, is a visionary whose ideas are always focused on students.

It’s easy to see why she is the 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Year!

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017