The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 104
Learn in Vinton
Vinton's schools are making waves in the nation, with awards given
to William Byrd Middle School and an accomplished STEM teacher
at W.E. Cundiff Elementary School.
Schools in Vinton
The Roanoke County Public Schools are making a
name for themselves thanks to awards and the integral
team of teachers and staf f within the system. William
Byrd Middle School was recognized during their 20152016 year as a "School to Watch," a five year recognition
from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades
Reform. The National Forum identifies schools across
the country they feel are achieving high performance
criteria, including academic excellence, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable.
"I think it all boils down to the commitment to the
kids," says Principal Todd Kageals. "The program is
about schools that have ef fective practices in place.
For parents looking at the Vinton school systems, it's
reassuring to know a visiting team of experts recognize
our school in providing high quality education and a
safe environment for the kids."
In addition to Roanoke County Public Schools winning silver in "Best Place to Work" in The Roanoker magazine's Best of Roanoke 2017 awards, there is another
major award winner within the system. Lindsay Murray, fourth grade teacher at W.E. Cundif f Elementary
School, received the Milken Educator Award in 2016 for
her instrumental work in the Roanoke County school
system, particularly with her focus on STEM. The award
also came with a $25,000 check. Only 31 other elementary teachers have received this prestigious award;
Murray was the only one in Virginia to win.