Virginia State Reading Association

Award Winners-2017





VSRA Reading Teacher of the Year/Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher


Each council is encouraged to recognize a reading teacher of the year. This award recognizes a teacher whose commitment to literacy is exemplary and unparalleled. These local council teachers of the year may then apply and be considered by VSRA for the Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year Award.



Heather Waild

Chesapeake Reading Council


Chair: Leah Baggett

Co-Chair: Joyce Spencer

Adult/Intergenerational Literacy

This award recognizes a council working to support and encourage adult intergenerational literacy.


 None this year

Becky McKenzie 

Exemplary Reading Program

This award recognizes a school with an outstanding literacy program.


 None this year

Martha Reish

Foundation Grant for Community Service

This grant is given to a council(s) for a project that benefits literacy in the community.


Vicki Mayfield

Media Specialist

Oscar Smith Middle School

Chesapeake City Schools

Tonya $650

International Scholarship Award

This award is available for VSRA members who are making a literacy presentation at a reading conference or conducting professional development outside of the USA. Two scholarships up to $450 each may be awarded to an individual or group. Recipient(s) will present a session sponsored by the International Projects Committee at the VSRA annual conference the following year.


Virginia Massaro

Virginia Commonwealth University

Kathleen Davin

Two scholarships up to $225 each

Jones-Daly Faculty Involvement Award

This award recognizes college and university faculty, or those affiliated with a college or university, who demonstrate involvement and leadership in PK-12 literacy in the state. These individuals partner and support the efforts of VSRA and local reading councils, and they engage in visible efforts to improve PK-12 literacy. The award is named for Dr. Jill Jones who was passionate about reading in VA and who was tragically killed in the beginning of her term as VA College Reading Educators (VCRE) President in 2010 and for Dr. JoAnn Daly, former president of VCRE, who had hoped to develop such an award for many years.


Dr. Katie Hilden-Clouse

Radford University

Julie Gray

James D. Mullins Leadership


This award recognizes an administrator who shows exceptional support of reading. The nominee is a strong advocate for reading, teachers and children; has a vision for a school or school system; consistently makes decisions based on a belief system; is creative in finding resources to support reading programs; and is a strong supporter of reading and/or VSRA or other reading-oriented organizations or groups.


Robin Britt Ford


Matthew Whaley Elementary School

Williamsburg-James City County


Cookie Edmonds

Teachers as Readers


This grant supports a TAR group in a local council or a special project from an already established group. This gives educators opportunities to read varieties of current literature, discuss readings, and share strategies for using literature in the classrooms.


Michele Mumaw

Administrative Intern

Rockingham County Public Schools


up to $500

Teacher Research Grants

Teacher research is a way that educators may examine their instructional practices in order to improve teaching and learning conditions for students. VSRA provides funding for research.


Paige Tinney-Reed
Kindergarten Teacher

Collegiate School- Richmond


Michelle Picard

up to $500

VSRA/ILA Award for Technology and Reading

This award honors educators in K-12 who are making an outstanding and innovative contribution to the use of technology in reading education. VSRA is seeking to recognize one K-12 Virginia educator who will serve as our nominee to the ILA committee.


None this year

Leigh Leslie 

VSRA Student Scholarships

The Virginia State Reading Association awards four scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each to graduate and undergraduate student members of VSRA.The candidate must be a member of a local council and VSRA; and currently attending an accredited university or college in Virginia.


Corinne Case,

University of Virginia


Jaeyun Shim,

Virginia Commonwealth University


Shannon Melideo 

Virginia Young Writers Grant

This grant supports a local reading council’s writing project. The goal is to encourage local councils to emphasize writing and to provide a grant for the implementation of projects.


Piedmont Reading Council

Angie Kraje and Joyce Spencer, Presidents

Tammy Williams 

 A maximum of $700
Council Awards

Merit Council

An award given by VSRA to recognize the activities of local councils in promoting literacy through service.


Shenandoah Valley
Newport News
Roanoke Valley
New River Valley
Virginia Beach
Jennifer Floyd

Honor Council-ILA Award

 An award given each year to recognize those councils that actively engage in a variety of opportunities to serve their members, local communities, VSRA, and the international literacy community.  To apply, access application form:


Chesapeake Reading Council
Roanoke Valley Reading Council
Greater Washington Reading Council
New River Valley Reading Council
Newport News Reading Council
Piedmont Area Reading Council
Richmond Area Reading Council
Shenandoah Valley Reading Council
Virginia Beach Reading Council

Membership Awards:

Anne Henry Award

Awards are given to three councils with the greatest percentage of renewing members. A renewing member is an individual who joined the previous membership year and the current membership year by April 15. Councils are compared to councils of similar size.


Large Council (200+)


Medium Council (51-200) Williamsburg

Small Council: (20-50)


Betty Yarborough Award

 Awards are given to three councils with the greatest increase in the percentage of members. The percentage is based on comparing the previous membership year to the current membership year by April 15. Councils are compared to councils of similar size.


Large Council (200+)

Shenandoah Valley

Medium Council (51-200)


Small Council (20-50)