Amber Dortch is the Principal of Hugo A. Owens Middle School in the Chesapeake Division. She is also a VASSP member and as of December 11, she is also among an elite group of educators recognized for promoting excellence and innovation at their schools. Mrs. Dortch was selected as the 41st Virginian educator to receive a Milken Educator Award. The surprise announcement was made at Hugo A. Owens Middle School by Secretary of Education Anne Holt, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steve Staples and Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President Jane Foley.
Hugo A. Owens posted a 10 point gain in reading and a six point gain in mathematics. Mrs. Dortch is recognized as a leader who inspires her teachers and students and provides a culture where is innovation is the norm. Congratulations to Mrs. Dortch!