The Loudoun Education Foundation recently hosted the annual Outstanding Teacher Recognition Dinner at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn.
The event honored Teacher of the Year Jennifer Rodgers, Principal of the Year Jennifer Meres Short and 36 other educators that were nominated for the 2019 Washington Post Outstanding Teacher Award.
This year, Principal of the Year was awarded to Short of Sterling Elementary School, who was highlighted for her dedication to her staff, students, and families by always stepping in whenever she is needed, no matter the task.
Short said she expects excellence from herself every day, and her goal is to learn each student’s academic, behavioral and social needs.
Rodgers, a social sciences and global studies teacher at Dominion High School, was commended for her ability to connect with her students and encourage participation that helps them open their minds and listen to other viewpoints.
Parents praised Rodgers for always taking the time to listen and provide thoughtful feedback to their children in the classroom to evoke conversations.
In attendance at the event were Loudoun Education Foundation Trustees and staff, Loudoun County Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams, School Board Chairman Jeff Morse, as well as a host of community sponsors that are passionate about supporting Loudoun County Public Schools and its outstanding educators.
Gold Sponsors this year were Apple Federal Credit Union, Belfort Furniture, Cigna, The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Janelia Research Campus, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Silver Sponsors were Integrus Holdings, Inc., Loudoun Credit Union, Moseley Architects, Urban, Ltd., Frederick D. and Karen G. Schaufeld, and Virts Miller Family Foundation. Bronze Sponsors included American Braces & Smile Center, BCT - The Community Bank, Delta Dental, Reston Limousine, and Gerry and Lynn Rubin.