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Newsletter | June 2021

Special Support for Special Educators

Bea Neukirk and Maureen Sereno (Loudoun) were looking for a way to create a supportive culture while fostering collaboration among new special education teachers. At our May Reach Out, hosted by Jeri Swogger (Frederick), Bea and Maureen described the safe space they created where novice educators could learn, practice, and ask questions regarding all things special education. Slides from their presentation and a recording are available at the Learning Library tab on the Reach Virginia website. Trouble signing into the website?  Contact 

Special Support for Special Educators; Slides and Recording >

Our Best Wishes

We say farewell this June to four REACH Virginia division facilitators. Donna Wilder (Prince William) a network founding member retires after 45 years in education. Debbie Biggs (Clarke) is retiring after nine years supervising secondary curriculum and instruction. Blaire Connor (Fauquier) has missed being in a school building with students and will return to the math classroom next year. And, Perla Enodamo (Falls Church) will leave FCCPS to begin a new chapter in her life. Thank you to each of them for their service to the REACH VA network. We wish all four of them the best!  

Masks vs. face shields?

Some of the biggest revelations of the pandemic show just how difficult it is to be a teacher and how much effort educators put into incredibly important jobs. We close this school year by sharing an article we found with some lighthearted observations from teachers. One elementary teacher tweets: "Today my second graders told me I look better in a mask rather than a face shield, and I can't decide whether to take that as a compliment or a diss." 

We hope you enjoy this break, take a breath, and bask in the satisfaction of a job well done. Have a wonderful summer!

50 Tweets That Sum Up Being a Teacher This Past Year >

REACH VA Advisory Board
Annie Dipert, Fairfax County.  Blaire Conner, Fauquier County. Katy Keegan, Manassas City. Jeri Swogger, Frederick County. Donna Wilder, Prince William County.

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