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Doctoral Student Wins Top National Honors in Washington, D.C.

By: Brady W Moore   Published 1:42 pm / February 14, 2017

Sonia Galaviz, a Boise State University doctoral student, Boise State Writing Project fellow and alumna, was awarded top honors at the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala.

Photo of Galaviz winning her award. Galaviz was honored with the prestigious Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000.

“Sonia is an outstanding teacher and an important member of the local education community” said Rich Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education. “As a doctoral candidate in our Ed.D. program, Sonia represents the excellence we value and promote.”

The gala, with nearly 1,000 guests, honored award-winning public school educators from across the country Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C.

The Idaho Education Association nominated Galaviz for the award and the NEA Foundation selected her from among five national finalists.

Galaviz earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Boise State and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program.