Fauquier Excellence in Education

Grants


2008 Recipients

In 2008, the Committee for Excellence in Education awarded 10 grants totaling $14,550 to the following: 

Gary Colson

Mr. Colson has been teaching for 17 years, all 17 in Fauquier County. Currently, he teaches Art at Liberty High School.   He received a Bachelor of Arts from Mary Washington College in 1988 and a MIS from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999.  Mr. Colson was awarded a grant to study sculpture under the Italian masters of today in Italy this fall.

 

Kay Conners

Ms. Conners has been teaching for 10 years, the past six in Fauquier County.  Currently, she teaches 8th Grade World Geography at Auburn Middle School.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Miami of Ohio University in 1978 and a Master of Arts in New Professional Studies/Teaching in 2006.  Ms. Conners was awarded a grant to attend a Summer Institute Program with the Virginia Geographic Alliance and Virginia Tech’s Department of Geography in England this summer.

 

Robin Guay

Ms. Guay has been teaching for 5½ years, all in Fauquier County. Currently, she teaches Visual Arts to PreK-Fifth grade at H. M. Pearson Elementary School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee in 1979 and will receive her Master of Education/Visual Arts this May.   Ms. Guay was awarded a grant to attend the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee this summer.  

 

Patricia Kridler

Ms. Kridler has been teaching for 10 years, all in Fauquier County. Currently, she is a Mathematics teacher at Auburn Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1982 and a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from George Mason University in 1997.  Ms. Kridler was awarded a grant to attend the International Congress on Mathematics Education in Mexico this summer.

 

Gail Matthews

Ms. Matthews has been teaching for 21 years, the past 18 in Fauquier County.  Currently, she is an Instructional Technology Resource teacher at Fauquier High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Winthop University in 1967 and a Master of Education in Technology from George Mason University in 2001.  Ms. Matthews was awarded a grant to attend training classes in Teaching English as a Second Language in Costa Rica this summer.

 

Theodora Munslow

Ms. Munslow has been teaching for 34 years, the past four in Fauquier County. Currently, she teaches Art at Warrenton Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1973 and a Master of Education in Art from Wayne State University in 1995.  Ms. Munslow was awarded a grant to attend a course at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in New York this summer.

 

Cathy Persiani

Ms. Persiani has been teaching for 24 years, the past 17 in Fauquier County. Currently, she is the Sixth Grade Science teacher at Marshall Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University in 1984 and a Master of Education from George Mason University in 2007.  Ms. Persiani was awarded a grant to attend the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference in Nevada this spring.

 

Nicole Samson

Ms. Samson has been teaching for 10 years, the past four in Fauquier County.  Currently, she teaches Art at Marshall Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2001 and a Master of Education from George Mason University in 2007.  Ms. Samson was awarded a grant to attend the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference in Nevada this spring.

 

Lynette Tait 

Ms. Tait has been teaching for 31 years, the past three in Fauquier County.  Currently, she teaches Spanish at Auburn, Taylor and Cedar Lee Middle Schools. She received a Master of Education from the Universidad Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Rio de Janiero and is an honored lifetime member in the Cambridge Who’s Who 2007-2008 Registry of Executives and Professionals.  Ms. Tait was awarded a grant to attend courses in the methodology aspects of the Spanish language and culture at the Universidad de Alcola, Spain this summer.

 

Erin Wyld

Ms. Wyld has been teaching for nine years, all in Fauquier County. Currently, teaches Biology I & II and Ecology at Fauquier High School.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from George Mason University in 1996 and a Master of Education from George Mason University in 1996.  Ms. Wyld was awarded a grant to attend an Amazon Rainforest Workshop Expedition for Educators in Peru this summer.