Future teachers celebrated at Growing Our Own Recognition Ceremony
Posted on 05/31/2019
Growing Our Own 2019 Recognition Ceremony. Group of graduates on stage

The Fifth Annual Growing Our Own Teachers Senior Recognition Ceremony, held recently at Gar-Field High School, showcased graduates who are heading toward careers in education, commended scholarship recipients, and honored instructors and advisors. More than 150 students from Battlefield, Colgan, Forest Park, Freedom, Gar-field, Hylton, Osbourn Park, Patriot, Potomac, Stonewall Jackson, and Woodbridge High Schools, along with their parents, attended.

Student participants were presented certificates recognizing their achievement and honor cords representing the education organizations in which the students participate.

Three students, Kaitlyn Agostini (Stonewall Jackson), Amanda Kraemer (Battlefield), and Jason Smith (Colgan), all received a Dr. Edward L. Kelly scholarship. Alexis K. Clark (Forest Park) and Sara Switzer (Hylton) received a scholarship from the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation for their early commitment to the education profession. Chloe Bornstein (Patriot) and Sennaya Storr (Gar-Field) received a Northern Virginia Community College Growing Our Own Teachers scholarship.

Nancy Villatoro Romero (Osbourn Park) was also recognized for placing first in the Educators Rising Competition held this past March in Virginia Beach. Romero will travel to Dallas in June for the national competition.

Elizabeth Christensen, teacher at Osbourn Park, received the Growing Our Own Outstanding Teacher Award and Elizabeth Orndoff-Sayers, teacher at Stonewall Jackson, received the Growing Our Own Distinguished Service Award.

Kelli Stenhouse, Growing Our Own Teachers program coordinator shared, “Our excitement for the program continues to soar each year. We are especially proud that in the past few years, we have seen the fruits of our labor as graduates of the program are coming home to PWCS to begin their career as a teacher.

Growing Our Own Teachers is an innovative program that supports and mentors high school students who desire to pursue a career in education. The PWCS program helps to identify, recruit, and mentor those current students who after college may commit to Prince William County classrooms as teachers and school leaders.