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Alexandria Schools Recognizes 5 Staff With VIP Awards; Nurse Wins for Saving Student’s Life

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In the latest edition of the ACPS Express newsletter, Alexandria City Public Schools recognized five staff members for their outstanding work with students. The Vision, Integrity, and Passion (VIP) awards honor psychologists, diagnosticians, nurses, therapists, counselors, social workers, athletic trainers, and technology integration specialists.

Recipients of the 2022-23 award are:

  • Dr. Jennifer Browne, physical therapist, William Ramsay Elementary School
  • Julie Frederickson, school nurse, Alexandria City High School
  • Anna Harvin, Project Guided Language Acquisition Design/Instruction (GLAD) specialist, Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School
  • Donna Marsh, Child Find specialist, Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School
  • Kathryn Pattarini, technology integration specialist, George Washington Middle School
Physical therapist Dr. Jennifer Browne holds her award. She is picture with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt and Jodi Bobbit. (Photos courtesy ACPS)

Dr. Jennifer Browne’s assistance to ACPS students and families as a physical therapist over the past five years has made a positive impact on their lives. Browne has helped students receive specialized wheelchairs through community organizations or Medicaid.

Nuse Julie Frederickson accepts her award surrounde by colleagues.

Julie Frederickson has been part of the ACPS nursing team at Alexandria City High School (ACHS) since 2022. She was nominated by Director of School Health Services Dr. Robin Wallin, who said Frederickson was chosen for “life-saving interventions to save the life of a member of her school community.” Wallin added: “Due to her skilled assessment and quick intervention with life-saving medication and emergency transport, the individual survived a very serious medical emergency.”

Anna Harvin with Dr. Kay-Wyatt and colleagues

Anna Harvin has been with the division since 2006, and currently supports students and families as a Project GLAD specialist. Harvin’s colleagues referred to her as a “consummate collaborator.”

Donna Marsh with Dr. Kay-Wyatt

Donna Marsh has been at Jefferson-Houston for 21 years and is responsible for processing requests for all children between the ages of two and five referred to the Child Find program. In leading the Child Find team, Marsh assesses more than 350 young children a year who are identified as possibly having a disability or developmental delay.


Katherine Pattarini pictured with her award

Kathryn Pattarini has been at George Washington Middle School for three years and is said to be more than a typical technology integration specialist. “Whether she is sending out a weekly Tech Tuesday email full of useful ed tech information, presenting at professional learning sessions or facilitating a tech lesson in a classroom, her calm and professional demeanor always makes things better,” David Drembus, George Washington math teacher, who nominated her for the award.

The VIP award is in its second year.

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