Tuesday 23, April 2019

Teacher of the Year

The Air Force Association supports Teacher of the Year programs at the Chapter, State and National levels. The program recognizes classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow's technologies. The Langley Chapter Science Teacher of the Year Award honors two public or private classroom teachers (Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12) from the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, York County, James City County, Williamsburg and Poquoson). Recognition is also given to the runners-up in each category.

The Langley Chapter continues to partner with the VASC on this Science Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to supplementing the awards package, the VASC helps the Chapter by advertising the program at their teachers' workshops and in their annual Educational Guide. The VASC also participates on the selection committee.

Congratulations to
Horace "Drew" Maloney
Carolyn Petrina
as the
2017 Langley Chapter Teachers of the Year


Each year the Aerospace Education program within the Air Force Association selects an outstanding Middle School and an outstanding High School science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teacher to be recognized as the STEM teacher of the year. This year the Langley AFA chapter has selected two outstanding teachers from the area that were recognized on May 23rd at our monthly luncheon.

Horace "Drew” Maloney grew up in rural Delaware one of five children from a family of poultry farmers. Money was not available for college so Drew worked several jobs in order to pay for his tuition. He graduated sums cum laude in 2008 and was immediately offered a middle school position teaching history. He soon moved to math teaching position in the York County School District. He has remained in that position for the past nine years during which time he completed his Masters Degree in Education at the College of William and Mary. He has coached Odyssey of the Mind, been a department chair, and volunteered at Dream Catchers, an equine program for children with disabilities. He considers his greatest reward to be when a student realizes that they accomplish something that they really believed they could not do.

Our high school STEM Teacher of the Year is Ms. Carolyn Petrina from Providence Classical School in Williamsburg. She is a retired U.S. Navy Commander and carrier qualified, A-4 pilot and holds a Masters Degree in Astronautics. IN any given school year, she teaches Algebra, Calculus, Advanced Calculus, Life Science, Earth Science, Physics and Astronomy. Here greatest reward is sharing her love of STEM subjects and watching students grasp a concept and then delight in mastering the topic. This year she coached and supplied all of the equipment for three Cyber Patriot Teams. This was the second year that one of her teams advanced to the regional level and for the first time, one of her teams placed second in the state of Virginia Gold Tier. One of the team members from the high school team has been accepted into the computer engineering program, with cyber emphasis, at Virginia Tech. Out of the four graduating classes from the school approximately 50% of the students have gone on to pursue higher education in the fields of science.

Both teachers are truly outstanding and deserving of the title STEM Teacher of the Year


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