Vera (Woody) Woodson, marketing teacher and supervisor of Fairfax County Public Schoolsâ€™ (FCPS) Tysons Corner Classroom on the Mall, has been named winner of the 2011 Creating Excellence Individual Educator Award.
The Virginia Department of Education presented Woodson with her award at a luncheon in Richmond on June 16.
Woodson was recognized for her work with the Students Helping Improve Neighborhoods Through Education (SHINE) program, which engaged students in a number of school- and community-based projects and experiential learning initiatives.
More than 100 County students participated in the projects during the 2010-11 school year, which included a school beautification project at Falls Church High School, creating and delivering handmade flowers to the residents of Sunrise Assisted Living of Falls Church, and a leadership and resume building session to support the college application process.
Students were able to select from a number of projects to obtain community service hours that were applied to the Virginia Board of Education Diploma Seal for Excellence in Civics Education.
Working with the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Woodson recruited members to serve as mentors to students and to support their efforts to apply to and attend college. She also secured a grant to provide funding to teach students about healthy living and eating habits.
The Creating Excellence Awards recognize exemplary projects that promote excellence in career and technical education, demonstrate innovation, can be replicated or adapted by other educators, and stress strong ties to the community and business and industry.