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Mark Jones – Virginia Economic Educator of the Year

Mark Jones - Virginia Council on Economic EducationCongratulations to Mark Jones from Hickory High School! Mr. Jones was recently recognized as the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year. After 10 years as a banking professional, in 2005 Mr. Jones switched careers and became a teacher with a passion for economics. Among his many accomplishments, he established and taught the first Advanced Placement (AP) Micro and Macroeconomics course in Chesapeake Public Schools and recently chartered the Economics Club at Hickory High School. He was nominated by the Old Dominion University Center for Economic Education.

Nancy Cruz – Literacy Leader Award Winner

Nancy Cruz - CRC Literacy LeaderCongratulations to Nancy Cruz, principal of Butts Road Intermediate School! Cruz has been recognized by the Chesapeake Reading Council as the 2018-2019 Literacy Leader Award Recipient. Cruz has helped make significant strides in closing the literacy gap at her school. She is described by her colleagues as someone with a vision for literacy who provides guidance, resources, and support to achieve that vision. She implemented a very successful school-to-home reading program that encourages parents as partners and provides parents literacy workshops and training so they can confidently assist with literacy goals. Prior to this program, she established a literacy garden at Portlock Primary, a pen pal campaign with celebrities at Southwestern Elementary, and a high-interest novel program at G. W. Carver Intermediate.  She demonstrates a true commitment to literacy in all facets of her life, and the Chesapeake Reading Council is proud to nominate her for the Virginia State Reading Association’s James D. Mullins Award.

Platinum Certified Green Division

Go Green VirginiaChesapeake Public Schools is proud to be recognized again by the Virginia School Board Association as a 2018 Platinum Certified Green School Division. The annual competition is designed to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by the local division and broader community.

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