During the annual awards dinner at the Virginia Education Association Delegate Assembly in Hampton in April, Prince William was well represented, winning two statewide awards.
The Battlefield High School Peer Diversity Trainers won the Barbara Johns Youth Award for Human Relations and Civil Rights. This award is presented to an individual or organization whose achievements and activities have promoted positive intergroup relations and enhanced the dignity and esteem of others. The group earned this award for their activities related to all four of the award’s criteria, including educating their peers on issues related to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status and other topics. The work of the 40-student cadre has led other students at the school to step out and create their own anti-bias groups. PWEA member, Stephen Dittmer, serves as their faculty advisor.
PWEA member Gwen Edwards won the VEA Education Support Professional of the Year Award. Gwen has served as chair of the Superintendent’s Administrative Support Advisory Council and the Prince William Education Association’s ESP Council, as well as a presenter at PWEA’s Education 411 Symposium. Gwen works as a technology support specialist, serving Rippon Middle and Dale City Elementary. She is also a county-wide presenter at in-service training and is involved in the purchase and implementation of new technologies.