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PPS earns state Excellence in Workforce Readiness award
PPS earns state Excellence in Workforce Readiness award
Updated on 07/21/2021
The Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) was named an Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award Winner by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) at the annual VSBA Conference on Education. 
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Hillian-Sanders named national CLD Teacher of the Year
Updated on 07/14/2021
Brighton Elementary School’s Lenette Hillian-Sanders has been named one of just two national Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) 2021 Teachers of the Year. Hillian-Sanders earned his honor after being named the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Teacher of the Year this past spring. 
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Overkamp named a DoD STEM Ambassador
Overkamp named a DoD STEM Ambassador
Updated on 06/30/2021
Heather Overkamp, a science teacher at I.C. Norcom High School, has been named a 2021 Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Ambassador. 
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