IWA teacher receives Extra Mile Award

Published 1:31 pm Monday, June 11, 2012

Deborah White receives the Extra Mile Award from Gary Jones, chairman of the board of directors for Virginia Council for Private Education, left, and George McVey, president of the council. SUBMITTED

ISLE OF WIGHT—Isle of Wight Academy fourth-grade teacher Deborah White received an Extra Mile Award from the Virginia Council for Private Education.

White has been with IWA since 1987. She started a preschool with eight students; enrollment increased to more than 55 within five years.

White became head of the lower school and admissions director in 1995. Enrollment at the IWA increased from 230 to 640 during her tenure as admissions director. In 2009, Debbie returned to the classroom as a fourth-grade teacher.

White has served on 13 quality assurance teams for several accrediting agencies and is serving her third term as the VCPE representative to the Child Day Care Council.

She was appointed first by former Gov. George Allen in 1995 and reappointed in 2000 by former Gov. Jim Gilmore. Her time as a CDCC member lasted until the end of her consecutive term eligibility in 2004. When her eligibility was renewed, she was reappointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.