In 2006, the Committee for Excellence in Education awarded 5 grants totaling $8,400 to the following:
Ms. Brown has been teaching for 21 years, the past six in Fauquier County. Currently, she is a Gifted and Talented Teacher at Brumfield Elementary School for K-2 Enrichment classes, Grade 3 Reading and Grade 4-5 Language Arts. She received a Bachelors of Science in Education with distinction from George Mason University in 1986 and Gifted and Talented Certification from the University of Virginia in 2005. Ms. Brown was awarded a grant to attend the Confratute 2006 for in-depth enrichment training at the University of Connecticut in July.
Mr. Falkowski has been teaching for 18 years, the past 17 in Fauquier County. Currently, he is a Photography teacher at Fauquier High School. He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Memphis Academy of Arts in 1978 and a Masters in Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1980. Mr. Falkowski was awarded a grant to attend the Digital Imaging for Educators class on Adobe Photoshop CS2 to enhance classroom teaching skills given by David Hiser at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO in August.
Ms. Kraus has been teaching for 24 years, the past 21 in Fauquier County. Currently, she teaches First Grade at Grace Miller Elementary School. She received a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Longwood College in 1982 and a Masters in Language Arts Curriculum Development from George Mason University in 1994. Ms. Kraus was awarded a grant to attend the 2006 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference for enhancement of early childhood development in San Francisco, CA in April.
Ms. Lieb has been teaching for five years, the past four in Fauquier County. Currently, she is a Photography teacher at Liberty High School for Grades 11 and 12. She received a Bachelors of Science in Art from James Madison University in 1997 and presently is working toward a M.I.S. degree through Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Lieb was awarded a grant to attend the Visual Studies Workshop, accredited thru State University of New York, held in Rochester, NY in July.
Ms. Lowe has been teaching for 25 years, the past 22 in Fauquier County. Currently, she is a Second Grade teacher at Coleman Elementary School. She has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education plus an additional 30 hours credit. Ms. Lowe was awarded a grant to attend the Cemanahauc Language School in Cuernavaca, Mexico over the 2006 spring break for Spanish emersion to enhance classroom communication and teaching skills.