VCS Teacher of the Year takes her students to D.C.


Nearly 40 Viera Charter School students went on a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 25. The trip was coordinated by Teacher of the Year Mary Rabun, assisted by additional faculty members and principal Dr. Julie Cady.

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The newly minted Teacher of the Year at Viera Charter School put her teaching passion to the test, taking nearly 40 middle schoolers to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 25.

The U.S. History, U.S. Government and Civics students leapt off the pages of their textbooks and into the nation’s hotbed of action, past, present and future. A team of student leaders was picked for the prestigious Laying of the Wreath ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“This trip of a lifetime brought history to life through the sights, sounds and activity of the nation’s capital,” said Mary Rabun, a U.S. History teacher at the school, which has students from kindergarten through eighth grade. “This is something that will change their lives forever, perhaps even influence their career choice.”

Spanning several days and including visits to key landmarks, the trip will be incorporated into many learning projects back home and will be shared with other students. For two of the four student leaders picked for the Laying of the Wreath, it also was an opportunity to pay homage to many of their family members who are active or veteran members of the U.S. military.

“It was fun, but more than that, it was a really big honor to get to do that,” said eighth-grader Megan Fackler. Added fellow member of the newly elected Student Council Deanna Marrs, “It was really cool to have all the people watching us.”

Rabun led the team that included the school principal, Dr. Julie Cady, and several other faculty members. The trip is just one example of what made Rabun the Teacher of the Year, Cady said.

“Mary gives an enormous amount of personal time to plan, prepare and supervise our students, while at the same time making learning fun,” Cady said.

Rabun also is a standard bearer for her peers, according to Cady.

“Mary is a true leader. Her colleagues look to her for guidance and support, because they know that she cares for those she works with. She knows the art and science of teaching, she has many years of experience and she has great classroom management. That allows students to produce their best work and creates a foundation for future success in higher education and their careers.”