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Phenix Pre-K-8 School teacher participates in Governor’s Roundtable

Janez Pace (third from the left), an eighth grade language arts teacher at Phenix Pre-K-8 School, recently participated in a roundtable discussion with Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton. The roundtable discussion included about 12 teachers from this area and was held in Virginia Beach.

Pace said she was honored to participate in the discussions.

“The roundtable discussion with Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton allowed panelists to express what we would like to see in the future of education in Virginia, ways to reduce the pressures of the Standards of Learning (SOLs), but maintain smart accountability, and measures the state can take as we reinvest in education,” Pace said. “I was excited to share with the Governor what I felt Virginia was doing right and what we could do to improve and reinvest in education. I was pleased to know that the Governor wanted feedback from teachers, those of us who directly touch the lives of young ones everyday.”

Pace began her career in HCS in 1990 as a teacher assistant. In 1998, she accepted a teaching position at Davis Middle School as a 7th grade language arts teacher. She was named teacher of the year in 2004. She moved into her present position as 8th grade language arts teacher with the opening of Phenix in 2010. She also serves as the language arts instructional leader.

“My love for teaching began with my own two HCS-educated children,” Pace continued. “I believe children need someone who genuinely cares about their growth and academic development. I strive to be that teacher who lights a flame, hoping to instill a desire to learn – not simply fill students’ heads with information.”

She said the roundtable participation left her more hopeful about the future of education in Virginia.

“When Gov. McAuliffe shared that the state was in a good place to put more funds in education, making education a priority, I feel confident about the future of education in Virginia,” she said. “Teachers can truly do what we have been called to do – educate the whole child.”

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