Teacher Wins John Marshall Award

McGuire (center) with Lawton B. Way, Esq. of Hunton & Williams (left)
and T. Cary Gresham, President of the John Marshall Foundation Board
of Directors (right).
The John Marshall Foundation has awarded its annual Teacher Award to Matt McGuire, History and Government Teacher at MLWGS. The prize includes a $2,500 cash prize and a framed certificate. 

The award ceremony took place during the Annual Law Day Celebration luncheon of the Richmond Bar Association on Wednesday, May 1 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Any public or private middle or high school classroom teacher in Virginia who has been teaching for a minimum of five years is eligible for the award. Each winner is selected on the basis of his or her demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the United States Constitution as evidenced through activities inside and outside of the classroom. One example of McGuire’s leadership outside the classroom is his coaching of students in the national We the People Program. His teams have won the Virginia state competition in several of the past years, and in 2011, his team won the National Championship.

McGuire's next project involves his AP Comparative Government students. He contacted officials at the Canadian Embassy in Washington to see if they would be interested in hosting the students for a visit to the embassy. The purpose is to foster a dialogue about the differences between our political systems from leading Canadian elected officials, jurists, journalists and policymakers.