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Carol Bauer, who teaches fourth grade at Grafton Bethel Elementary School in York County, was recently named a recipient of the 2016 Virginia Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence.
The award is the highest offered by the VEA and recognizes educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary.
Bauer joined the York County School Division in 1996 and was named the Grafton Bethel Elementary School Teacher of the Year this year.
In addition to challenging her students on a daily basis, she serves as sponsor for the Battle of the Books reading incentive program and coach of the Great Grizzlies Lego team.
She has helped mentor fellow teachers through the National Board Certification process.
Bauer has also been part of the York Education Association at every level, serving as a local president, a member of the VEA Board of Directors and as one of Virginia’s representatives on the National Education Association Board of Directors.
She will receive a plaque, a cash award of $500 and she will compete as Virginia’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and its $25,000 prize.