News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
•• Nicholas Mulpagano of McLean earned a master of science degree in digital forensic science during recent commencement exercises at Champlain College.
•• Summer McCollough of McLean earned a bachelor of arts degree in media-arts production during recent commencement exercises at Emerson College.
•• Benjamin Ayanian of McLean and Lucy Bowman and Yasmin Mohran of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
•• Connor Geshan of Oakton has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Western New England University.
•• Faced with a national exodus of public-school educators, Fairfax County’s new superintendent of schools says she believes the county school system – Virginia’s largest – will be fully, or nearly fully, staffed up when classes begin in late August.
“Our classrooms are 97 percent staffed and ready to welcome our students back from summer break,” Michelle Reid said in a July 28 message to parents.
“We are working hard to continue to fill those remaining vacancies and to ensure that we will have a licensed educator in every classroom,” Reid said, saying there were “plans in place” to address the existing vacancies.
“For schools who might still have vacancies at the end of the summer, parents and staff will get additional information about how these classes will be covered directly from your school,” said Reid, who was hired from the West Coast to take over the school system following the departure of Scott Brabrand in June.
•• Marymount University on July 26 hosted Virginia Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera and Deputy Secretary of Education Sarah Huang Spota for an on-campus meeting and tour aiming to foster collaboration and strengthen involvement between the institution and the commonwealth’s strategic educational priorities.
“The competitive advantage of Virginia is our people, and we need to make sure that we are investing in our people and preparing them for success and for the changing world of work,” Guidera said. “Each time I’ve met with President Becerra, I’ve admired her focus on thinking creatively through innovation and problem-solving. Marymount is answering the call and producing the talent that we need.”
In their meeting, Marymount administrators pitched their ideas for two unique lab-schools partnerships with local K-12 school systems and private industry, one for early-childhood education, and another for hospitality.
These efforts would expand on the university’s current plans to set up a new child-care center on campus next year and its new master of business administration track in hospitality and innovation that is set to debut this fall.