Position: Fourth Grade ELA Teacher
School: Cleveland Elementary School
School District: District of Columbia Public Schools
City, State: Northwest , DC
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Virginia Thomas was nominated by her colleague, Brianna Nargiso.
Ms. Thomas is dedicated to doing her part to end education inequity. She devotes everything she has to ensuring all of her students get the personal attention, care, and academic support they need.
"I have worked with Virginia for three years, and she has inspired me to pursue education policy in order to make the sufficient changes I wanted to see in school districts across the country," said Nargiso. "While working with her, she also encouraged me to continue after-school extracurricular programs I started. She always made sure I had adequate resources for my students, and if I needed any guidance, she would happily advise."
Now that education has switched to being via computer, Ms. Thomas has been in action mode more than ever! She has been keeping her students engaged and leading the afterschool staff to start a YouTube channel to facilitate learning and fun activities students can do at home. She is an all-star with a huge heart. Ms. Thomas empowers students by teaching them to embrace their individuality and never silence their voice.
Ms. Thomas is a born leader who makes things happen. She is flexible, kind, and courageous, and she adheres to the ethical standards set for educators. She surpasses all expectations and continues to amaze her students and colleagues with her creativity and energy! Ms. Thomas loves her students and building community and family relationships.
"Virginia is a mentor, role model and a true Life Changer," said Nargiso.