Alumna named 2013 DC Teacher of the Year

Julia King, ESIA BA ’08, an instructor at DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus (EMC), was recently named the 2013 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made on the school’s campus by Mayor Vincent Gray, State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley and other top education officials.

“This is a well deserved-honor for Ms. King, and I am proud to recognize her commitment to her students, to her school and to the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Gray. “She exemplifies what outstanding teaching and professional leadership look like both within and beyond the classroom.”

King learned she had been selected as Teacher of the Year through a surprise presentation in her classroom.

The DC Teacher of the Year is selected annually by a panel of education leaders through an extensive application process. The Teacher of the Year is nominated citywide and represents both DC Public Schools and District charter schools.

As the 2013 DC Teacher of the Year, King will represent the District in a variety of educational capacities with other state teachers of the year, beginning Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 at the 2013 State Teacher of the Year Conference in Arizona.

King has been teaching at DC Prep – the highest-performing network of charter schools in Washington – since 2010. Currently, she teaches 7th grade math at EMC, the city’s top public charter middle school. Prior to that, she taught 5th grade reading and math at EMC.

King began her teaching career as a 2008 Teach For America (TFA) corps member at West Gary Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, IN. She is the 2010 winner of the TFA Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award – given to one elementary school teacher in the whole TFA corps – for her significant impact on student achievement.

In addition to a BA from GW, King holds an MA from Dominican University.

Read the full press release from the Office of the State Superintendent.


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