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Arlington Teacher Wins Super Teacher Award!

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Published on Apr 30, 2014

There are some amazing teachers out there. "Super Teachers," in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Joshua McLaughlin is one of those teachers and that's why he was selected to receive the 2014 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Mr. McLaughlin received the award today in a surprise presentation at Barrett Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the seventh year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, nearly 800 were received. Eight teachers are then selected -- one from each geographic region across the state -- to win. Joshua McLaughlin is the first educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2014. Seven more surprise presentations will occur this spring.

"Josh takes risks in the classroom and is willing to learn about and try new instructional approaches that might improve the achievement of his students," said colleague and nominator Dr. Laurie Sullivan. "Rather than getting caught up in theory, he focuses instead on putting new ideas into practice, reflecting on the results and keeping what works."

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