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The NOVA Network and SWVA Consortium Partnership

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Mentoring Virginia Curriculum & Design Team

Audra Parker, PhD

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Professor and Academic Program Coordinator, Elementary Education
George Mason University

Audra Parker, PhD, is a professor and Academic Program Coordinator in Elementary Education in the School of Education at George Mason University (VA) In addition to teaching courses in elementary methods and management, she partners as a university facilitator at Garfield Elementary, a PDS site. Her research centers on innovations in clinical teacher preparation in elementary education and elementary organizational structures. She has published her research in The New Educator, Action in Teacher Education, and School-University Partnerships, and she serves as a leader in the field of clinical teacher preparation through active engagement in NAPDS (National Association for Professional Development Schools), ATE (Association in Teacher Education), and AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education).

Nancy Bradley, PhD

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Nancy Bradley, PhD, is professor of practice in elementary education at Virginia Tech and Co-PI on the Southwest Virginia Clinical Faculty Grant. She is currently the president of the Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia, a member of the Virginia Department of Education Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure, and a member of her local school board. Her scholarship focuses on literacy and teacher recruitment, preparation, induction, and retention.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Elementary Education

Virginia Tech University

Kristien Zenkov, PhD

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Kristien Zenkov, PhD, is a Professor of Education and coordinates the Secondary Education (SEED) program at George Mason University. He is the author and editor of eight books—including the forthcoming Fires in Our Lives: Advice for Teachers from Today’s High School Students, with Kathleen Cushman and Meagan Call-Cummings—and more than one hundred fifty articles and book chapters, focusing on teacher education, literacy pedagogy and curricula, social justice education, and school-university partnerships. Dr. Zenkov is a long-time boundary-spanning educator and school-university partnership facilitator. He collaborates as a co-teacher at TC Williams High School (of “Remember the Titans” fame!) in Alexandria, Virginia and regularly conducts project-based clinical experiences with youths and preservice and in-service teachers in schools throughout Northern Virginia. He co-directs “Through Students' Eyes,” an action research and photovoice project through which young people document with photographs and writings what they believe about citizenship, justice, school, and literacy.

Professor and Academic Program Coordinator, Secondary Education (SEED)
George Mason University

Donna Fortune, PhD

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Donna Fortune, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Practice and the Program Leader for Elementary Education in the School of Education at Virginia Tech.  Her courses include literacy , social studies, curriculum development, and culturally responsive teaching with a focus on teacher language. Her teaching philosophy for preparing preservice educators includes the importance of creating active learning environments that are inclusive for all learners and promoting the concept that learners are co-constructors in their educational journey. 

Assistant Professor of Practice,
Program Leader, Elementary Education

Virginia Tech University

Michelle Lague, PhD

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Michelle Lague, PhD, is an instructional designer at The George Washington University and adjunct professor at George Mason University. She is a former high school English teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia.

Instructional Designer
George Mason University

Andrew Porter, PhD

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Andrew Porter, PhD, is a graduate research assistant and lecturer at George Mason University. A former secondary social studies teacher, his research interests include Educational Psychology and Teacher Education. Andrew has served as a mentor teacher as well as a University Supervisor for GMU’s Secondary Education (SEED) program. 

VDOE Grant Project Manager
Graduate Research Assistant

George Mason University

Meet the Contributors

The Mentoring Virginia ‘Essentials’ asynchronous training and ‘Advanced’ synchronous trainings were created through ongoing collaboration among the university faculty and school-based teacher educators in the Northern Virginia (Region 4) and Southwest Virginia (Regions 6 and 7) Superintendent’s Regions in the state of Virginia. 


The school-based teacher educators-- exemplary mentors of teacher candidates, on the job teachers, and new teachers--contributed their expertise, energy, and enthusiasm to guide the content, format, and activities of Mentoring Virginia. 

"Be flexible and give yourself grace. You can't be everything to everyone."

Dawn Evans

5th Grade Teacher

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Mark Helmsing
Assistant Professor

George Mason University

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Kristen O'Brien
Assistant Professor

George Mason University

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Dominique Banville
Program Coordinator

George Mason University

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Bweikia Steen
Associate Professor

George Mason University


Lois Groth

George Mason University

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Lauren Rodriqguez-Gregg
Instructional Facilitator

Loudoun County Public Schools

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Dawn Evans
5th Grade Teacher

Prince William County Public Schools

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Kim Morrison
Kindergarten Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Kerry Grochmal
Instructional Coach

Fairfax County Public School

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Bill Brady
(Retired) Physical Education Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Rob Dulin
Gifted Education Teacher

Prince William County Public Schools

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Meredith Bowen
Special Education Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Betsy Beddow
Curriculum Resource Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Stephanie Karnis
Special Education Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Apoorva Johri
English Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Angie Rollet
Social Studies Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Megan Hostutler
English Teacher

Prince William County Public Schools

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Laura Gill
PreK Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Pam Jay
2nd Grade Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools


Jessica Ratcliffe
Social Studies Teacher

Montgomery County Public Schools


Marsha Vass
6th Grade Teacher

Floyd County Public Schools


April Coates

Roanoke City Public Schools


Michelle Hall
4th Grade Teacher

Radford City Public Schools


Mark Hatcher
Social Studies Teacher

Franklin County Public Schools


Deonne Beckwith
Virginia Department of Education


Kerry Blackwell
Gifted Coordinator

Floyd County Public Schools


Chrissy McLaughlin
School Based Technology Specialist
Fairfax County Public Schools


Kenya Motley
Virginia Tech University

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Cindy Dowdy
1st Grade Teacher
Montgomery County Public Schools

Davana Davis
Kindergarten Teacher, Lead Clinical Educator
Franklin County Public Schools, Ferrum College

Megan Ridgley
Kindergarten Teacher, Lead Mentor, Clinical Faculty Liaison
Montgomery County Public Schools

Katelyn Scott
EL Teacher & PhD Student
Loudoun County Public Schools

Not Pictured: Marcia Paulson, Melissa Gilman, Sara Travis

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