Congratulations to the 2019 VAACE Awards Recipients!













VAACE President Luke Saechao with Shaketta Thomas (Outstanding Adult Leadership) and Katy Parrish (President’s Award)











VAACE Awards Chair Alice Graham presents the Joan E.D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year Award to Janet Sodell of the Read Center.











John Lilly of Middle River Regional Jail receives the Outstanding Workplace Partnership Award.











Vaishali Deshpande, ESOL Teacher at Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award.


2019 VAACE Award Recipients

Outstanding Adult Leadership Award: Shaketta D. Thomas, School Assessment Coordinator – Virginia Department of Corrections

President’s Award: Katy Parrish, Region VI Program Manager

Joan E. D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year Award: Janet Sodell, Teacher – Read Center

Volunteer of the Year Award: Vaishali Deshpande, ESOL Teacher – Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

Outstanding Workplace Education Partnership Award: John Lilly, Program Director – Middle River Regional Jail

Outstanding Support Staff Award: Rebecca Andrews, Program Support Assistant – Peninsula Reads


2018 VAACE/VLF Awards Recipients

VAACE President Luke Saechao presents the VAACE President’s Award to former Region 16 Program Manager and former VAACE President Betsy Mathias




Victoire Sanborn of the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center is presented the VAACE Outstanding Adult Education Leadership Award

Former Virginia First Lady and Virginia Literacy Foundation (VLF) founder Jeannie Baliles presents the Nancy Jiranek Award for Outstanding Executive Director of a Nonprofit Literacy Program in Virginia award to Karen Le Forge



Region VI Specialist Vici Garber is presented the Joan E.D. Kushnir Adult Education Teacher of the Year Award





Lisa Harris of Literacy Volunteers of Campbell County receives the Outstanding Support Staff Award



Mary Jo Washko of Reynolds Community College is presented with the VAACE Outstanding Workplace Partnership Award




2017 VAACE Award Recepients

2017 VAACE Award Winners

Outstanding Adult Education Leadership Award: Mary Ellen Dreybus, fmr. Region 21 Program Manager

Joan E.D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year Award: Deborah Abbott, Literacy Volunteers of America

Support Staff Award: Cathy Lindsay, Region 11

2017 President’s Award: Anita Prince, Virginia Department of Corrections




Congratulations to TJ ACE Program Manager Susan Erno: Runner-Up for COABE Outstanding Administrator of the Year!

Susan Erno COABE Admin of the Year Award Runner Up PR

2016 VAACE Awards Recipients

2016 President’s Award- Jane Swing

Outstanding Adult Leadership Award- Linda Allen, Region 2 (pictured)

Joan E.D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year Award- Karen Gent, Region 2 (pictured)

Volunteer of the Year Award- Edna Carr, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Outstanding Support Staff of the Year Award- Yvetta Gueste, Region 4

VAACE 2015 Awards

award winners
2015 Outstanding Adult Education Leadership Award: Ms. Stacey Wright
2015 President’s Award: Dr. Lennox McLendon
2015 Joan E.D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year Award: Ms. Nancy Hildebrandt
2015 Volunteer of the Year Award: Ms. Edna Carr
2015 Outstanding Support Staff Award: Ms. Rebecca Cline
president's award

Thanks to all who support adult educators! We could not be successful without you!Panchik

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 Cline, McNemar, Hetland
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