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Roanoke County Names Teacher of the Year

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Dana Hoos gets her first look at her new wheels. Dana Hoos gets her first look at her new wheels.
Roanoke County tonight awarded Mount Pleasant Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Dana Hoos the winner of the Golden Apple Award, the highest honor presented by the Roanoke County Education Foundation. 
Immediately after winning the award, which includes $3,000 and the use of a brand new Hyundai Sonata for a year, courtesy of First Team, Hoos told WSLS anchor John Carlin, emcee for the event, "It's the first time I've won anything since I won some fudge sauce for some ice cream when I was ten!"

Here is the News Release from Roanoke County Schools:

ROANOKE – Roanoke County Public Schools has its very own version of “Mary Poppins,” a teacher who is “practically perfect in every way,” according to her students and co-workers.

The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation completely agrees and this is why the Foundation has awarded the 2014 Golden Apple Award to Dana Hoos, a fifth-grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.  The Golden Apple Award is the single highest honor presented to a teacher by the Education Foundation.

Each year, teachers from across Roanoke County Public Schools are nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators to receive Golden Apple Award.  This year, 141 teachers were nominated and 23 teachers were selected as semi-finalists.

In addition to receiving a check for $3,000, Hoos received an additional award – the use of a brand-new 2014 ruby red Hyundai Sonata GLS for one year, courtesy of First Team Auto Mall, with custom license plates that read GR8- TCR (Great Teacher). 

The Education Foundation also named three Red Apple winners, one for the elementary school level, one for the middle school level and one for the high school level.  Each Red Apple winner receives a check for $1,500 each.

The Red Apple winners are:

  • Tonya Atkins – first-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Trevor Ruble – 6th grade English teacher at Glenvar Middle School
  • Carrie Honaker – English and photojournalism teacher at Hidden Valley High School.
The Education Foundation also recognizes a new teacher who has taught in Roanoke County for three years or less.  This is called the Green Apple Award.

The winner of the 2014 Green Apple Award is Kristin Garber, a first-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

“We are extremely proud of all the teachers at Roanoke County Public Schools,” said Education Foundation Board President Mike Mulvaney.  “With the Golden Apple Award, we want to recognize the best educator in the school system.  We were very impressed with all our finalists.  It was again very difficult to select a winner,” Mulvaney said.

"The education of our young people is so important, and nothing can be accomplished without our teachers.  We want to show educators in the Roanoke Valley that their efforts are truly appreciated," said David Dillon, President and General Manager of First Team Auto Mall.

About the Roanoke County Education Foundation:

The Roanoke County Education Foundation was created in 1991 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization to help young people in Roanoke County Public Schools meet some of their educational and personal goals.  Our mission is to promote the advancement and further the aims and goals of Roanoke County Public Schools through the development and application of donated financial resources.  We provide student scholarships for graduating seniors; classroom grants for innovative teaching ideas; assist with student travel to attend state and national competitions; provide resources for international education; and assist students in remedial education and substance abuse programs.

Since our inception, we have provided about $900,000 in scholarships to 1,320 graduating seniors; more than $230,000 in classroom scholarships to more than 1200 teachers; and more than $300,000 to support travel and educational programs.  In all, that’s over $1.4 million in support the teachers and students at Roanoke County Public Schools.

Support for these programs comes from corporate and private donations.  To make a donation, go online to or call Jean Wynn at 540-562-3900 ext. 10113.

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