Montpelier: James Madison University Magazine

Mind Molders
Montpelier Winter 2000

The proof is in the pudding, as the old saying goes. For the JMU School of Education, the proof is in their product - alumni who have become successful teachers around the United States. Seven alumni garnered award after award in the education field in 1999.


Helen Reid Wright was named Waynesboro Schools Teacher of the Year in June. She is a guidance counselor at William Perry Elementary School.


F. Wayne Taylor received an Excellence in Education Award from the Alexandria, Virginia, Chamber of Commerce. He has taught orchestra for 30 years and currently serves as the orchestra director at T.C. Williams High School.


Jane Dodge was named the 1999 Teacher of the Year at Grafton High School. She teaches biology and oceanography in the York County, Va., School Division. Julie Elaine Arnold Kuether was selected as the Newsweek-WDIV Outstanding Middle School Teacher for Oakland County, Mich. She teaches ³Life Skills Quest² and geography at Walled Lake Middle School. Her life skills program was considered one of the best two programs in Michigan and was also nominated for the Oakland Press Excellence in Education Award in 1995. Linda Mundy Weekley won the 1999 award for ³Excellence in Teaching the U.S. Constitution² by the Richmond-based John Marshall Foundation. A 28-year teaching veteran, Weekley teaches government, advanced placement government and sociology at Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County.


Janet Utegaard received the Washington Postıs Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999. She teaches at Maury Elementary School in Alexandria.


Kelly Jo Patrick was nominated for the national Disney American Teacher Award in 1999. She is a physical disabilities teacher at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School in Fairfax County, and she also operates a home business selling childrenıs hand-painting supplies.

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