Virginia at the ITEEA Conference


The 78th ITEEA annual conference was held March 2-4 at the Gaylord Hotel in Washington D.C. The conference, as usual, was a huge success. This year’s conference was focused on the theme “Collaborate to Build a Diverse STEM-Lit-erate Society.” The pre-conference workshops and all other events were fully attended. From Virginia, 110 teachers and professors attended the conference. On March 2 at 7:00 a.m., the presidential round table was the kickoff for the conference. During that meeting, all the ITEEA representatives from Region 1 were able to meet with the Region 1 director, Dr. Phil Reed. Every representative gave a brief description about their annual conference and upcoming events. During that meeting, Mohamad Barbarji was named an outstanding ITEEA representative for increasing the Virginia membership.

At 9:00 a.m., the first opening session was held to recognize and honor the recipients of the “Program of Excellence Award.” From the state of Virginia the following schools were recognized: Stuarts Draft Middle School and Providence Elementary School. The program was sponsored by Paxton/Patterson. The recipients were also invited to a breakfast on March 4, which was also hosted by the same company.

On March 3, the second annual session was held at 9:00 a.m. to recognize the individuals that received the Teacher Excellence awards. e following individuals were recognized: Wendi Hobbie from Midlothian and Kim Gadson from Alexandria.