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Caroline teacher honored as one of the best in state

A Caroline County educator was honored today as one of eight 2012 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year.

Lori Askew

Lori G. Askew, a special education teacher at Bowling Green Elementary School, will now compete to earn the top title as Virginia Teacher of the Year.

She is the first Caroline County teacher to ever receive this award.

“I’m floored,” Askew said this afternoon. “I’m still very humbled because this is just amazing. I love what I do, but getting recognition for it is overwhelming.”

The surprise announcement was made this morning during an assembly in front of the entire school and Askew’s family. School board chairman Mack Wright congratulated Askew and she received a $200 check.

Seven others in the state learned the news in similar fashion, and one will be named Virginia Teacher of the Year at a banquet  on October 14 in Richmond.

The regional winners submitted portfolios to the Virginia Department of Education that highlighted their accomplishments and were selected by a panel.

That panel, which includes classroom teachers, representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community and last year’s winner, will interview the eight candidates before making a final decision.

The Virginia winner will then become a nominee for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year Program.

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