Robichaud was always willing to go that extra mile to become a part of the school community. Her continued collaboration and willingness to learn made her very easy to work with and allowed other staff members the opportunity to see her excellent teaching abilities and ideas. A Center for Community Involvement. Anderson feels that developing collaborations throughout the school and community is essential to a building an active learning laboratory. She encourages community members and groups to use the library as a place to meet and share ideas. She uses these face-to-face gatherings to involve students.
Allen & Allen is pleased to congratulate the 2014, Virginia Teacher of the Year, Melissa A. Porfirio. On October 11, 2013, Ms. Porfirio was awarded the honor of 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year at an evening banquet and reception in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Porfirio was recognized with seven other outstanding 2014 Regional Teachers of the Year from across the state. She is a first-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia and has taught at Crestwood for eight years. She earned her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.
Melissa Porfirio worked as an English teacher to adolescents in Seoul, Korea and as a social worker in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina before starting her career at Crestwood. She currently serves on the school division’s Adaptive Schools and Responsive Instruction Team and provides turnaround training at school staff meetings. She encourages her students to learn respect for others at a young age through volunteer charities. Ms. Porfirio exemplifies support and encouragement for her students by attending their extracurricular events such as sports games, church plays and dance recitals.
The Virginia Teacher of the Year program is dedicated to recognizing top educators from across the Commonwealth and the Virginia personal injury law firm Allen & Allen has been involved with the program for over 20 years. Melinda H. South, an attorney with the firm, serves on the Virginia Teacher of the Year Selection Committee. At the reception, R. Clayton Allen, a Partner of Allen & Allen, presented Ms. Porfirio with a check for $2500 on behalf of the Allen Law Firm.
The Selection Panel for the 2014 reviewed portfolios of eight candidates nominated by the state’s administrative regions. Teacher portfolios highlighted their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community involvement. Ms. Porfirio was selected after being interviewed by a committee that included representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community of Virginia, and 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year Kathryn B. Galford of Greenbrier Middle School in Chesapeake.
The 2014 Regional Teachers of the Year are announced as follows:
- Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement: Ms. Jacoby is a founding member of the Technology Business Management Council. Known for her strong track record of operational excellence, innovative problem solving and talent development, Ms. Jacoby was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO magazine and was recognized by Forbes as.
- KPU to admit 6 Surrey students on portfolios alone”. We've talked a lot about Skills Link training programs. In fact, we have, in my riding of Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, Pathfinder Youth Centre, and for every single session that has a new intake of 30 students, I go and spend two hours with them.
- Region 1: Tracey Zaval, an eighth-grade civics and economics teacher at Midlothian Middle School in Chesterfield County
- Region 2: Carrie E. Gantt, an eleventh-grade IB English and Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow instructor at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach City
- Region 3: Tara J. Hefner, a second-grade teacher at Courtland Elementary School in Spotsylvania County
- Region 4: Melissa A. Porfirio, a first-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Fairfax County
- Region 5: Jennifer B. Lovett, a reading specialist at Linkhorne Elementary School in Lynchburg City
- Region 6: Byard W. Harris III, band director at Bassett High School in Henry County
- Region 7: Tina H. Cook, a keyboarding and computer solutions teacher at Chilhowie Middle School in Smyth County
- Region 8: Shawnta L. Posey-James, an earth science teacher at Greensville County High School in Greensville County
Community Involvementms. Schrader's Teaching Portfolio Allocation
The State Administration of Market Regulation has kicked off investigations into the Alibaba Group, laying claim that the company has been involved in monopolistic conduct such as 'forced exclusivity' by requiring e-commerce merchants to pick only one platform as their exclusive distribution channel, according to the South China Morning Post.
The paper says the investigation is being led by a former official from the state-owned China Communications Network Information Center (CCNIC), which oversees internet censorship and content management. The CCNIC was responsible for censoring the country's most popular social media platforms like Weibo and QQ after they were launched in 2009.
Alibaba has denied any wrongdoing and said it will fight the accusations. 'We are confident that we have not broken any laws,' an Alibaba spokesman told the newspaper. A spokesman for the government's Administration of Government Bureaus told the paper, 'If we find evidence, we will take strict action.'
Alibaba Group started out as a online Alibaba.com marketplace, and now encompasses several other services and companies. The company's affiliate Cainiao, which handles logistics, is reported to be one of the targets of the market regulation investigation.
Alibaba is China's biggest online retailer by total sales, and its Tmall platform — similar to Amazon's online marketplace — has also become a shopping destination for many in the country.
The company's founder, Jack Ma said in a speech in 2014 that if the government shut down Alibaba, more than 4,000 offline companies that depend on it would fail.
Tmall launched in 2013 and now has more than 500 brands and 30 million products, according to its website.
It is not the first time that the company has faced government scrutiny.
In 2012, Bloomberg reported that Alibaba was under investigation by the Cyberspace Administration for suspected financial fraud and a potential security threat in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The company denied those allegations, and the investigation was reportedly closed by the CACAB months later.
Alibaba was also reported to have faced a similar investigation by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), which is part of the State Council, over allegations that online food sales platforms like Eat天下 and Amazon Food were illegally selling hard to get medical drugs and other goods. The company said at the time that it would 'not bow down to external pressure and we will continue to operate as normal.'
In December, the company pulled its online food delivery service in Shenzhen for health and safety reasons.
Alibaba's future in the country has been called into question as well.
In early December, a media report said Jack Ma was looking to sell a 40 percent stake in the company.