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Media Alert for 5-14: Carlos Parra of Dominion H.S. to Receive Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award

Thursday, May 10, 2012
EVENT: Awarding of the Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award
The award, established by the Hispanic Youth Foundation, is named for Mrs. de Sanchez, a remarkable teacher who was a leader in establishing schools, training teachers, and developing textbooks and curricula for schools across Latin America. She also was active in the Reading is Fun-damental and Head Start programs in the United States. Victoria Sanchez, granddaughter of Victoria D. de Sanchez, will present the award to Carlos Parra, this year’s recipient.

DATE AND TIME: Monday, May 14, 2012 ▪ 6 p.m.
The award will be presented at Marymount University’s Education Department dinner. Mr. Parra will be available for interviews during the reception (which begins at 6 p.m.), as will Victoria Sanchez.

LOCATION: Marymount University, Gerard Dining Hall – 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington

ABOUT THE RECIPIENT: Carlos Mauricio Parra-Quintero

Carlos Parra teaches Spanish at Dominion High School (DHS) in Loudoun County. Making use of his theatrical background and knowledge of instructional technology, he creates innovative activities that make learning fun and has worked on curriculum development at the county level. Parra is also the sponsor the school’s Latin Dance Team and organizes the annual Latin Dance Competition, which now includes teams from more than 10 schools.

“Kids need an opportunity to show who they are and what they are all about…to fit into society and to be accepted for their talents,” Parra explains.

John Brewer, principal of DHS, says, “’Caring’ is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect upon Mr. Parra’s work.” He adds, “Mr. Parra’s amazing skill as an instructor empowers him to teach Spanish for Fluent Speakers and Advanced Placement Spanish concurrently. This combination of courses has strongly benefitted Hispanic students…. For many of our students who are learning English as a second language, AP Spanish represents the first point of entry into the Advanced Placement curriculum, opening up a new world of educational opportunities.” Regarding the Latin Dance Team, Principal Brewer, points out, “Team participants become vitally engaged in their school experience, often with life-changing results.”

One of Parra’s students, Rafael Revollo, also nominated him for the award, saying, “I really consider him a role model because he shows what leadership and passion in school mean to him.”

LINK TO VIDEO about Parra’s work with students on the Latin Dance Team
To contact Carlos Parra directly, email carlos.parra@lcps.org.

NOTE TO PRESS: If you plan to cover this event, please contact Laurie Callahan at 703-927-4003 (cell) or laurie.callahan@marymount.edu.