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Springfield first-grade teacher named Va.'s best

Saturday - 10/12/2013, 7:30pm  ET

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) -- A first-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary in Springfield has been named Virginia's teacher of the year.

The Washington Post ( ) reports that 39-year-old Melissa Porfirio was honored as the state's top teacher for 2014 during a ceremony in Richmond.

She says in a statement that she's honored to represent Virginia's teachers and that she was surprised when her name was called. Porfiro was one of eight finalists for the honor.

Porfirio is a former social worker, and her colleagues say she's known for using time outside of school to build relationships with students and their families.

She's now a nominee for national teacher of the year, which will be announced in the spring at the White House.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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