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Teacher of the Year: James Brent

1st-grade teacher at Tuckahoe Elementary in Arlington, Va. Nominated by Cici Schultz: “Mr. Brent uses humor and wit to keep their attention. He will put on different personas, say whole sentences using only his hands, gives every child the benefit of the doubt and highly praises the ‘quiet’ kids.” Q&A …

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Teacher of the Year: Corey Spinosi

5th-grade teacher at Oak View Elementary in Fairfax, Va. Nominated by Sheila Bartley: “Mr. Spinosi is beloved by both students and parents. He is positive, kind, creative and effective. I have watched my son grow into an engaged learner within the last few months, thanks in no small part to …

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Teacher of the Year: Danielle Trotta

6th through 8th-grade science teacher at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kensington, Md. Nominated by Kathleen Neary: “As a science teacher, Ms. Trotta keeps students engaged through hands-on assignments and brings an element of fun to the school day. But, she goes beyond that role to have an impact on …

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Teacher of the Year: Bridgette Simpson

5th-grade teacher at Keene Mill Elementary School in Springfield, Va. Nominated by Alan Simpson: “She is a teacher who has taken advantage of modern class seating and structure. Firm but fair. She has consistent upward trending testing and also grades that show massive improvement from day one to the end …

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Teacher of the Year: Katherine Kramer

Assistant headmaster and 8th-grade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Alexandria, Va. Nominated by Whitney Work: “Delightful. Witty. An incredible story-teller. Compassionate. Caring. Dedicated. Nurturing. Engaged. These are just a few of the adjectives that spring to mind when thinking about how best to describe Ms. Katherine Kramer.” “She has …

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Power-Packed Lunchbox Ideas

Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn’t have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals. Fit to satisfy various dietary restrictions, the Power Your Lunchbox program offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is …

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Fun Fruit-Picking Spots Around D.C.

Although summer is over, it’s still a great time to get outside and do some fruit picking. Here are seven local farms that offer pick-your-own opportunities in September. Take a bite of this fun and follow up with an afternoon of pie baking. Enjoy! Butler’s Orchard, Germantown, MD. Tuesday through …

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Frederick’s Child Now Part of the Family

Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore’s Child, Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Style Magazine, Consumer’s Eye Magazine, Home Services Magazine, Washington Family and Washington Jewish Week, has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Frederick, Md.-based Frederick’s Child. A regional parenting publication, Frederick’s Child was sold by Strongdini Enterprises.  …

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