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Art Around Us

These books will inspire young readers interested in all kinds of artistic endeavors – poetry, illustration, movies, dance and more. Easy Nonfiction ‘Imagine’ by Juan Felipe Herrera Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera recalls his childhood spent traveling with his migrant farming family in this memoir in verse. Luminous …

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Reaction Time

Slow to warm up children need a little understanding and gentle guidance. Over the summer break, my daughter Grace told me she figured out that she has a slow-to-warm-up personality. When I looked up the definition, I kind of differed with her. I don’t see her as shy or bashful …

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Tune In, Get Smart

For local parents on the search for educational programing for their children, this quest has often ended at one place: Maryland Public Television. This month, MPT celebrates 50 years of providing excellent programming to the state’s residents, and not an insignificant amount of those TV and digital offerings are for …

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Classroom Stars

It’s that time of year again to celebrate teachers, our everyday heroes. It is not an exaggeration to say that a great teacher can empower and change a student’s life, in and out of the classroom. That’s why Washington Family is honoring DMV-area teachers with our third annual Teachers of …

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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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February 21, 2020

Carpe Diem-Washington Revels Community & Family Sing
at Seekers Church in Takoma

February 22, 2020

Friendlier Fables and Thoughtful Tales at the INTERSECTIONS Festival
at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington

Ideaventions Academy Open House
at Ideaventions Academy in Reston

Families Together: Architecture
at Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in Washington

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
at Center for the Arts in Fairfax