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Luray Middle School principal named Educator of the Year

Page News and Courier

LURAY ― A Page County educator last month was recognized with top honors by the state's middle school association.

During a school-wide annual awards assembly on June 8, President of the Virginia Middle School Association Barbara Nichols surprised Luray Middle School Principal Kelly Lawton with the news that she had been selected as the association's Educator of the Year.

“Through her leadership, a climate of success is provided at this school where staff and students have the opportunity to grow and learn together,” said an announcement posted on the VMSA website. “Programs and processes, such as the CSI Advisory Program, are in place to build relationships and create connections, which are vital to students at this stage in life.”

Established in 1985, the state's middle school association includes middle school teachers, administrators and school division and university staff. According to the group's website, the association “supports practices and experiences for young adolescents including high expectations, varied teaching and learning activities, flexible organizational structures, positive school climates and school, family and community partnerships.”

Each year the VMSA recognizes two outstanding educators through its Master in the Middle Award Program. Honorees are selected for exemplifying qualities that support the association's mission.

“We are proud that one of our own has been recognized with such a prestigious honor,” Page County school officials said in an announcement posted to the division's website.

The recognition is not the first received by Lawton. In 2014, the LMS principal was named the recipient of Verizon's Innovation in K-12 Education Award. Lawton was one of 14 winners recognized by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council that year during an annual awards dinner.

This fall Lawton will be formally recognized with her most recent award by colleagues from across Virginia during the 2017 VMSA Conference on Oct. 20 at James Madison University.




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