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DC Prep Educator Selected as 2013 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year

December 05 2012 | Press Release


Julia King, an instructor at DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus (EMC), was named the 2013 DC Teacher of the Year in a surprise school visit today by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley, and other top education officials.

“I am deeply honored by this prestigious award,” said a shocked King. “It’s really an exciting time to be in education, and I am thrilled and humbled to represent our nation’s capital – and DC Prep – as Teacher of the Year.”

King, who joined DC Prep in 2010, is a 7th grade Math teacher and Grade Level Lead at EMC, the top public charter middle school citywide. Prior to that, she taught 5th grade Reading and Math at the middle campus. Throughout her time at DC Prep, King has led her students to consistently high levels of achievement, while instilling a deep investment in their own education in the process. King began her teaching career through Teach For America (TFA), where she won the 2010 TFA Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award for her significant impact on student achievement while a corps member.

“Julia King is a passionate, infinitely creative, and inspiring educator,” said Cassie Pergament, EMC’s Principal. “She is a doer, a leader, and a positive role model for adults and children alike; I can think of no one more deserving of this high honor.”

DC Prep was founded by Emily Lawson in 2003. Since then, DC Prep has become the highest-performing charter network in Washington with three campuses – two elementary and one middle – and plans to grow to ten schools in the coming years. DC Prep’s new Benning Middle Campus will open in fall 2013.

“A secret to DC Prep’s ongoing success is its investment in a rich pool of talented and innovative school leaders and teachers, like Julia King,” said Rick Cruz, DC Prep’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we expand here in Washington, teachers like Julia will ensure that we can continue to bridge the educational divide. The entire DC Prep community joins me in congratulating Julia King on this singular achievement.”



About the DC Teacher of the Year Award

DC Teacher of the Year was selected from a citywide pool of applicants from both the DC Public School and charter school sectors. Award winners are selected each year after undergoing a rigorous application, observation, and interview process overseen by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). As the 2013 honoree, King will represent DC in education-related events throughout the year, nationwide. To learn more about OSSE’s Teacher of the Year Award, click here.

To download the full DC Prep press release, click here.

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