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Dr. Marjorie Wallace named Regional Teacher of the Year
(September 25, 2009) - Newport News Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Dr. Marjorie A. Wallace, was named regional Teacher of the Year in a surprise announcement made in her seventh-grade classroom at Huntington Middle School Friday (Sept. 25).
School Superintendent Ashby Kilgore, School Board Chairman Teddy Hicks, School Board Members Carlton Ashby and Mike Wagner and NNPS and Huntington administrators crowded into the science classroom to inform Wallace of her achievement, which advances her to the competition for Virginia Teacher of the Year.
Wallace, near tears, said, "This is quite an honor to be able to represent teachers, students, and staff. I couldn’t have done it without all your support."
While television cameras zoomed in, Wallace – sporting a Huntington T-shirt and a matching blue stripe in her hair – received red roses and a balloon bouquet, a plaque and letters of commendation from Gov. Timothy Kaine and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright.
The Regional II Teacher of the Year represents 15 school districts in southeastern Virginia, including Tidewater, the Eastern Shore, and the Peninsula. Eight teachers will compete for the state title.
Wallace is a seventh-grade science, college education, and AVID teacher at Huntington. She is nationally board-certified, and even has a medical degree. Wallace is a music minister in her church and volunteers with senior citizens and the homeless. She also reads to youngsters at the public library.
Kitty Lambiotte, Huntington assistant principal, said, "She’s just a phenomenal teacher who inspires the kids to go further. It’s fun to be in her class."
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