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Gayle Middle English teacher wins award

An English teacher at Gayle Middle School in Stafford County is one of four Regional Thinkfinity Teachers of the Year, the state Department of Education announced today.

Stephanie Smith will receive an iPad and a $1,000 stipend to conduct workshops about Thinkfinity at educational conferences.

Thinkfinity is a Verizon Foundation web portal with lesson plans, reference materials and interactive tools for students.

The awards recognize Virginia teachers who successfully integrate the program into their classrooms.