Angela Wilson Tapped as New Director of Teacher Education

Mary Baldwin University (MBU) welcomes Angela Wilson as the new director of teacher education for the College of Education, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of educational fields and specialties. Wilson will also hold the title of assistant professor of education, and will teach education courses at MBU.

Wilson will serve in a key leadership role, alongside the dean of the College of Education at MBU, and be the university’s primary contact with the Virginia Department of Education on matters pertaining to teacher education. She will oversee data collection and reporting relating to program approval and accreditation, and ensure that MBU’s teacher education program approval status remains current and aligned with state regulations and policies. She will also work on new initiatives, build partnerships with local school divisions, and serve as an academic advisor for College of Education students.

Rachel Potter, dean of the College of Education at MBU, spoke about the importance of Wilson’s role.

“As the College of Education has grown to encompass multiple programs, the largest of which is teacher licensure, we believe we can benefit from someone in a faculty leadership role who can focus primarily on the unique and specific needs of teacher education as a subset of all of the College of Education’s offerings,” she said.

Wilson has a wealth of leadership and administrative experience in the Virginia public school system. She most recently served as division superintendent for Greensville County Public Schools, a position she held since 2014. Prior to that Wilson was assistant superintendent for Greensville County and Amelia County, respectively. She also has experience in the fields of testing and curriculum supervision, as well as serving as a school principal. Wilson started her career in education as a science and math teacher in Emporia.

“She is passionate about addressing the growing teaching shortage in Virginia, has a history of creative thinking to address complex barriers, and is looking forward to this next chapter of her career in higher education,” Potter said.

Wilson earned a PhD in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); an MED in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University; and a BS in Biology Education also from VCU. She has completed professional development courses in the fields of organizational and instructional leadership, and also holds a Division Superintendent License from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wilson will begin her new position in August. She thanked the MBU administration and faculty for the opportunity to join the College of Education.

“It is clear to me that this is a team of professionals who enjoy what they do, and who keep students as the first priority,” Wilson said. “I believe Mary Baldwin University is a place for learning where I can contribute and grow. Teaching and learning are my lifelong passion.”

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John "Jack" Gaines Miller, III

John Gaines Miller, III (Jack), died on July 1, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.  He was 95.   He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Rawls Miller (Dot), his mother Evelyn R. Miller, his father, John Gaines Miller, Jr, his son John Gaines Miller IV, his daughter, Sharon Leigh Miller, and his son, Charles Russell Miller.   He is survived by his sister, Paula M. Burnett (Tom), his son, Dwane Henry Miller (Dee), his daughter-in-law, Karen F. Miller, his granddaughters Jennifer O. Howard, (Sloan), Erica M. Trout (Joe), Laura M. Ross (Jason), Eleanor M. Robertson (Tim), and his grandson, Russell F. Miller (LaCrissa); great-grandchildren, Cierra Howard, Chayne Howard, Nathan Trout, Natalie Trout, Jonathan Gavin Miller, Gracyn Ross, Coral Ross, Gabriella Robertson, and Burkley Robertson.

Jack was born on April 10, 1923 in Rolla, Missouri and grew up on the plains of southeastern Kansas, where he showed his early love of flying by building model airplanes. During World War II he left the University of Kansas to join the Army, where he entered flight training. It was during this time while in Richmond that he met Doris. On the third night after they met, as he was walking her home across the bridge to Manchester, he asked her to marry him. During the war he flew his beloved P-38 “Lightning” in the China Burma India Theater, routinely flying the Hump. 

After the war, Jack returned home, eloped with Dot, then completed his education at the University of California, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for many years for the Berol Corporation, headquartered in Danbury Connecticut.

After retiring, Jack and Dot moved to Deltaville, Virginia, acquired a Hunter sailboat, and for several years sailed to the Bahamas in the fall, returning each spring.  They then moved to Southampton County, Virginia, living on land that backed up to the Meherrin River, on which over time he navigated a johnboat down to the Albemarle Sound.

His most recent experience in the air took place when he leaped out of an airplane at 11,000 feet to skydive over southside Virginia. He was only 88 at the time.  

Services will be on Thursday,12:00 P. M., July 5,, 2018  at Persons United Methodist Church, 27642 Old Church Rd., Drewryville, VA 23844  Visitation will be 11;00 A. M. to 12:00 P. M., prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Persons United Methodist Church, Drewryville, Virginia, c/o Mark Person, Treasurer, P.O. Box 14121, Richmond, Virginia 23225.

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RICHMOND – Virginia highways will be bustling this week as millions of people take to the road for the Independence Day holiday, and Virginia State Police is urging motorists to ensure safety and celebration go hand-in-hand.

In just the first six months of this year, at least 368 individuals, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and motorcyclists, have lost their lives in traffic crashes. Of the 843 fatal crashes on Virginia’s highways last year, 208 involved a distracted driver and 248 were alcohol related.

“Summer days are filled with celebration, including vacations, outdoor festivals and backyard cookouts, but no matter where your plans take you, please make safety your priority,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Regardless of the distance you’re traveling this week – across the country or around the corner – remember to buckle up, eliminate distractions and never drive buzzed or drunk. If we all do our small part, we increase everyone’s chances of arriving alive.”

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways, Virginia State Police will increase patrols around the Independence Day holiday. Beginning tomorrow (July 3, 2018), VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2018 Independence Day statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and continues through midnight Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

During last year’s four-day Independence Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers cited 10,264 speeders and 2,678 reckless drivers, issued 308 citations for child seat violations, and cited 994 individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up. Nearly 42 percent of the 843 individuals who died in all traffic crashes last year were unrestrained.

Troopers also arrested 115 drunk drivers during the 2017 holiday period. If you plan to drink alcohol at a holiday function, plan ahead and arrange a designated driver or use a rideshare service to be certain you get home safely.

NHTSA has a SaferRide app which is available for Android and Apple users. If you do not have a designated driver, you can always use NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) SoberRide® is offered throughout Lyft’s Washington, D.C., coverage area, which includes the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

With increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

From 2008 to 2017 nationwide, 126 law enforcement officers working along the roadside were struck by a vehicle because a driver failed to heed the “Move Over” law.

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