NOVA Graduate Receives Prestigious Award

Kellie Blair Hardt speaks to guests
NOVA graduate Kellie Blair Hardt spoke to the guests during the annual Manassas Campus Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon in December 2011.

Kellie Blair Hardt recently received the National Education Association’s Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. The award, which comes with $10,000, is given to just five teachers each year. According to The Washington Post, Hardt plans to use some of the money to help two former students attend college.

Hardt is a 1998 graduate of the Manassas Campus who teaches special education at Metz Middle School in Manassas. After graduating NOVA, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and a master’s degree at George Mason University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Mason’s community college education program.

Hardt visited the Manassas Campus last December during the annual Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon, where she talked about how the faculty and staff at NOVA motivated her to continue her education.

To read Hardt’s inspirational story, click here.

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS Kellie!!!! I’m SO proud of you! You have made wonderful strides since you were at NOVA Manassas Campus and I know you will continue to soar and utilize the knowlege you have gained to make an even more indelible mark on the lives of your students.

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