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Teacher Appreciation Begins at Home
Thursday, May 5, 2011

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6).  The Connection this week features my statement on Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thanks for all the great teachers in Northern Virginia.  

Appreciation for teachers begins at home for me.  I hail from a family of teachers.  My mom, Sally Burns, was a kindergarten and junior high teacher, an elementary school librarian and a school administrator, as well as my first and best educator on all subjects.  A grandmother and an aunt who was my namesake were also elementary school teachers.  My sister, Cynthia Coogan, is a high school counselor at McLean High School, where she also was previously an English teacher and headed up theater at McLean.   And finally, for almost 30 years now, my husband has been with Fairfax County schools, first as a teacher at Langley High School, Falls Church High School and McLean High School, and now as an Assistant Principal at Oakton High School.   The great reputation of Fairfax County schools is what brought us to McLean where we raised our three children in the best community to live, work, play, pray, start a business and educate your children!  We have been blessed with many fabulous teachers for our three children starting from Country Day School and Ridgemont Montessori School, to St. John’s Catholic School, and Chesterbook Elementary, Longfellow Middle School, Langley High and Gonzaga, through University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Villanova, and George Mason. 


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