Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award.

The Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award emerged from an alliance between the Hispanic Youth Foundation of Northern Virginia, who created the award, and Marymount University in Arlington, who endows the award.

Since 2004, the annual award honors an exemplary Hispanic classroom teacher from one of twelve school systems in Northern Virginia, who, like Mrs. de Sánchez, strives to improve the lives of children and their communities through education.

The winner is selected every spring by a committee comprising Hispanic business leaders and educators, including representatives from Marymount University.

Award Gift

$2,000 and commemorative plaque is presented to the recipient at the annual Marymount University School of Education and Human Services Awards Banquet every spring.

Victoria D. de Sanchez

Victoria D. de Sanchez was a pioneering Hispanic educator in both North and Latin America in the mid-twentieth century, impacting countless teachers and millions of schoolchildren.

After beginning her teaching career in the U.S in the 1930s, she led a decades-long and distinguished career as a U.S. Foreign Service Education Specialist in Central America, later became the highest ranking woman in the Alliance for Progress (the U.S. Foreign Aid Program in Latin America), influencing millions of students in six countries.

Generations of Service

Mrs. de Sanchez’ son, Leveo V. Sanchez II, grand-daughter Victoria Sanchez (graduate of Marymount University) and great-grand daughter Melissa Elena Miller serve on the board for the distinguished award.