Awards and Recognitions

VAMLE Recognizes two 2021 Award Winning Teachers

Jana Fabri-Sbardellati is the 2021

Master in the Middle

The Master of Middle Level Education is awarded to veteran teachers with 4 or more years of experience teaching young adolescents using middle level practices. We are pleased to present this award virtually to Jana Fabri-Sbardellati from Hunt Middle School. Jana’s colleagues describe her as a teacher who puts student voice and center at the center of teaching and learning. She believes that the curriculum needs to be relevant and engaging. This past year, Jana was also a support for her colleagues. She was constantly reaching out to keep attitudes positive, she even hosted “socially distanced dance parties!”

“She believes in an engaging classroom, one filled with animated discussion and thoughtful participation, and she fosters that in everything she does.”

Congratulations Jana!

Lindsay Sugar is the 2021 Rising Star of Middle Level Education

The Rising Star Award is presented to teachers who are in their first three years of middle level teaching and who exhibit a passion for teaching young adolescents and for middle level best practices. We are pleased to present this award virtually to Lindsay Sugar from Milton Middle School.

Lindsay’s colleagues describe her as “an incredibly committed, passionate, and dedicated teacher.” Lindsey is known for her positive attitude and commitment to continuous improvement. She is described as a reflective and highly collaborative educator.

Lindsay is universally adored by her students and shows up every day with positive energy and love for them. She understands the difficulties and changes that middle school students are navigating.” Congratulations Lindsay!