Wakefield High School teacher named VA teacher of the year; State Police warn of traffic ticket scam

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Yesterday, Michelle Cottrell-Williams, a social studies teacher at Arlington’s Wakefield High School, was named teacher of the year for the state of Virginia. Cottrell-Williams will go on to represent the commonwealth in 2018’s national educator-of-the-year competition.

According to the Virginia State Police, any “automated traffic tickets” that may be delivered to your email inbox should be treated as a scam. Because they do not issue digital or automated tickets, the police advise Virginia residents to delete such emails and make sure not to click on any links.

West Springfield High School staff and students were exposed to a potentially unsafe amount of mold during their first week of classes. The district allegedly found out about the mold problem in their Sparta trailers on the second day of classes, but allowed staff and students to continue to use the facilities. The district told parents yesterday that the issue had been resolved, but parents were not initially made aware of the excessive amounts of contamination found in at least one of the trailers.

Drivers who use Interstate 66 can now visit a website set up by the Virginia Department of Transportation (www.66expresslanes.org) to find out when Express Lanes (which require a toll) will be established. Historically, Interstate 66 has not been an option for solo rush hour drivers.
(NBC 4 Washington)

Money magazine named Reston the 29th best place to live in America in their Top 100 list. Ashburn was ranked No. 30, and Midlothian (near Richmond) took No. 49.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Fredericksburg City Council will host a public forum to debate the fate of downtown’s slave auction block. The forum will take place at James Monroe High School from 8:30- 11 a.m.