A Distinguished Honor!

By Michael F. Abrams - Website Curator
Awards & Recognition
February 07, 2023

Congratulations are in order for two staff members of Mount Vernon High School.

Special Education Department Chair Danni Torres and Math Teacher Russell Roache (ROE - Chay) have been recognized by the Mount Vernon High School Pyramid for their dedication and support efforts to the MVHS Community. The pyramid is comprised of the seven elementary schools (Fort Belvoir Primary & Upper, Mount Vernon Woods, Riverside, Washington Mill, Woodlawn & Woodley Hills) and Whitman Middle School which all feed directly into Mount Vernon High School.

Ms. Torres was recognized as the 2023 MVHS Pyramid Outstanding School Based Professional and Mr. Roache was recognized by the pyramid as the Outstanding Secondary Teacher for the same period.

Ms. Torres has been teaching for 11 years. Before arriving at MVHS in 2020, she previously taught at Fort Belvoir Elementary and Whitman Middle Schools. In supporting autistic and special education students along with expertise in student crisis management, Ms. Torres’ contributions are valued and appreciated by students and staff alike.

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Mount Vernon Pyramid Outstanding School Based Professional Danni Torres

This is Mr. Roache’s 13th year in teaching and year nine at Mount Vernon High School. Although teaching math has been the focal point of his career, Mr. Roache also spent a year teaching TV production before arriving to MVHS. In addition to his current math responsibilities, Mr. Roache took and accepted the challenge of serving as the lead teacher for the three levels of the MVHS Leadership course.

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Mount Vernon Pyramid Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year - Russell Roache

Each teacher will continue as a finalist in their respective categories for regional recognition. If selected for regional recognition, each will proceed to an opportunity to be acknowledged at the county level during the annual FCPS Honors Event held at George Mason University at the end of the school year.

Congratulations to our following staff members who were also recognized by their peers at the school level.

Akua Boamah - Mount Vernon HS Outstanding Operational Employee

Karin Boyd = Mount Vernon HS Outstanding Leader Melvin Burch-Bynum - Mount Vernon HS Outstanding New Teacher