Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
The Dale City Civic Association (DCCA) hosted its 50th Annual Awards and Recognition banquet to honor outstanding members of the community. Exemplary volunteers are also recognized for their service and scholarships are awarded to high school seniors. This year, Prince William County Public Schools hit the trifecta as teachers, students, and administrators were recognized as 2018 recipients. The honorees included:
Elementary Teacher of the Year was awarded to Amanda Brown, fourth-grade teacher at Bel Air Elementary School. Always encouraging the growth of both her students and staff, parents respect and appreciate her leadership and praise her dedication. Antoinette McDonald, principal of Bel Air shared, “Amanda Brown is a trendsetter and innovator.” Brown’s classroom was the first to implement flexible seating, a way to promote independent learning and increased student engagement.
Middle School Teacher of the Year was awarded to Damon Broiles, math teacher at Beville Middle School. “His collaborative nature allows him to work with many other teachers. His ability to connect with students and build relationships with them, allows him to push them and to encourage them to meet their fullest potential,” stated Tim Keenan, principal of Beville Middle. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Broiles is also the chair of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Committee and is an advocate for STEM opportunities, especially for the female students at the school.
High School Teacher of the Year was awarded to Michael Meadows, special education teacher and baseball coach at Gar-Field High School. “After spending time with me as their teacher, I’d like for my students to come away with a sense of well-being and confidence. I like to encourage students through praise and by providing them with an environment where they have as many opportunities to succeed as possible and where their opinions are always valued,” said Meadows. An ’82 graduate of the school, Meadows has deep roots at Gar-Field. He is teacher, coach, mentor, and cheerleader for the students, staff, and Gar-Field community.
Kathleen Seefeldt Community Service Award was awarded to Teresa Polk, supervisor of School Health Services for Prince William County Public Schools. Polk’s dedication to the community has helped a variety of organizations generate much needed resources. Her work in health education is highlighted by implementing strategies to spread cancer awareness, emergency preparedness, heart health, and overall health and wellness.
John D. Jenkins Youth Citizen of the Year Award was awarded to Ernestine Priebe, a senior at Hylton High School. As a current member of the Hylton Air Force Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps and the Chief Wellness Officer, Priebe is a dedicated student with a desire to help others. An active member of her church, Priebe has traveled to Russia to help the less fortunate in Moscow. Priebe is also a 2nd degree black belt and dedicates her time to teaching martial arts to younger students. Her future aspiration is to become a member of the U.S. military and she proves her love and appreciation to her country by laying wreaths at Quantico for fallen soldiers.
David G. Brickley Youth Environmental Conservation Award was awarded to Alaa Idris, a senior at Gar-Field High School. Idris is truly dedicated to her volunteer efforts and leads many initiatives to help others. She has traveled to Egypt to aid in a project to provide clean water for thousands of impoverished and homeless children. As an active member of the Key Club, Idris has helped provide numerous donations to local animal shelters, food pantries, and hospitals. In addition to her volunteer service, Idris achieves success in a myriad of academic and extra-curricular activities.