Author: Attorney Melinda H. South
Congratulations Margaret A. “Meg” Smith of Lynchburg, VA, the 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Meg Smith was honored at an evening reception on Friday October 14 at the Holiday Inn Kroger Conference Center along with the other seven regional Teachers of the Year. Meg Smith is an eighth grade English literature teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation in Lynchburg. She will represent Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year program in Washington.
Richmond injury attorney R. Clayton Allen presented Ms. Smith with a check for $2,500 on behalf of the Allen Law Firm. For many years now the law firm of Allen & Allen has been involved with the Virginia Teacher of the Year program which recognizes the top educators in the state. This year the eight regional teachers were notified in September that they would be running for the honor of representing all Virginia teachers as the 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year.
The eight regional teachers are:
Region 1: Jamie B Mullenaux, Mechanicsville Elementary, Hanover County
Region 2: Thomas A. Shenk, John Tyler Elementary, Portsmouth
Region 3: Lori G. Askew, Bowling Green Elementary, Caroline County
Region 4: Jamie B. Sawatzky, Rocky Run Middle, Fairfax County
Region 5: Margaret A. Smith, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation, Lynchburg
Region 6: Carol L. Webster, Burton Center for Arts and Technology and William Byrd High, Roanoke County.
Region 7: Tiffany D. Carter, Bland Elementary, Bland County
Region 8: Rachel B. Johnson, La Crosse Elementary, Mecklenburg
The lawyers and staff of Allen & Allen wish Meg Smith much success as she will now compete in a national competition.
About the Author: Melinda H. South has been involved with the Virginia Teacher of the Year program for over a decade and serves on the Selection Panel. She is the “go to” person for answers to legal questions regarding Virginia and national case law, state and federal safety regulations, and building and fire codes at the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. Melinda is based in the Richmond, Virginia office.