Ms. Hale Named NoVa PTA Educator of the Year
Weyanoke Elementary teacher Heather Hale has been named the 2018 Outstanding Northern Virginia District PTA Educator of the Year. Weyanoke PTA president Mike Woltz praises Holt for welcoming parents into her classroom via multiple meet-and-greets at the beginning of the year, welcoming Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) and grandparents as volunteers, and holding a Coffeehouse Poetry Day for families. He also points to Hale’s multiple communications channels—personalized notes, emails, meetings, and a Twitter account—as a way for parents to understand how and what students are learning. Hale offers students optional experiences, encouraging them to think outside the box while using creativity and scientific discovery to expand what they have learned in class. By offering a view of student progress via a growth mindset, “she has established a model that parents can effectively advocate for how their children should be educated and cared for at school,” says Woltz. Hale, who has taken numerous classes in technology cultural proficiency, and how to help students with differing needs, was Weyanoke’s 2017 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher.