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ODU TROOPS TO TEACHERS GRAD WINS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Timothy J. Criner, a seventh-grade science teacher at Gildersleeve Middle School in Newport News, was named Teacher of the Year for the school system during a ceremony this week.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 24-year Navy officer, Criner obtained teacher certification from Old Dominion University through the Troops to Teachers program. The national program helps retired military personnel obtain teaching positions.

Criner has taught for 10 years and has been active in training teachers entering Newport News schools from other careers. In November, he received an award for being the top middle school teacher in Hampton Roads from Troops to Teachers. In April, Criner was nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Criner will go on to compete for statewide Teacher of the Year.

This article was posted on: May 20, 2005

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