VATE wants to recognize all the amazing English teachers in Virginia! Fill out this form to tell us about yourself or a colleague. Then we’ll feature you on our social media platforms.

Let’s remind everyone that VA teachers are AWESOME!

Click here to nominate an educator!


VATE recognizes Nena Foster-Pritchard as our Feature Teacher this month.

Nena’s favorite quote is “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” – Pablo Neruda.  This is her 25th year as a teacher!  She has taught English Language Arts for every grade 6-12, and is a Virginia Tech graduate.  She holds a Master of Education in Reading (VCU), and she has been a reading specialist and reading coach during her career, too.  Nena is  currently working toward adding a Teacher Leader endorsement to her teaching certificate.

Career highlight so far: Being a finalist for the 2023 Teacher of the Year for Hanover County Public Schools. “ 

VEJ Call for Submissions

Vol. 73, Issue 1:  
Reading and Writing 
as Refuge and Discovery

“Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” 

-Mary Oliver

VATE Awards!

Did you know VATE has awards?  And some award winners receive funding to attend our annual fall conference!  Consider nominating yourself or a colleague today!  Click here to find out more and submit a nomination!

VATE’s Statement on Anti-Racism

In light of recent national examples of racism and discrimination in our country, Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE) is publishing this statement to affirm our commitment to working toward the eradication of racism, discrimination, and bigotry in the profession, in the preparation of teachers, and in the administrative decisions made in schools, especially in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels and stands in support of the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) full statement on Anti-Racism to Support Teaching and Learning. 


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