Dr. Ralph G. Perrino and Ms. Denise Perrino will speak at Flint Hill Elementary School Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm. on the topic “What You Need to Know! Strategies for School Success.” The Flint Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association in conjunction with several elementary schools in Fairfax County sponsors this presentation. Dr. and Ms. Perrino will address issues such as how to identify differing learning styles, strategies that will help the learning process, time management techniques, and strategies for student self-advocacy. This presentation is part of an ongoing series conducted throughout Northern Virginia by Dr. and Ms. Perrino.
Dr. Perrino established Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, LLC in 1995 after a long career in the public and private sectors. Dr. Perrino is currently an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at Northern Virginia Community College where he has taught sociology, political science and business management since 1986. The author of several essays in professional journals and magazines, Dr. Perrino has prepared numerous position papers, management studies, and critical analyses of current issues in education. He has extensive experience working with parents, school officials and civic groups to resolve difficult problems associated with academic achievement.
Dr. Perrino is immediate Past-President of the Board of Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER) and Immediate Past-Chairman of the Board of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Falls Church City Education Foundation, The Falls Church Public Schools Business in Education Program, and the Arlington Public Schools Partners in Education Program. He also serves on the Board of the Fairfax Partnership for Youth.
Dr. Perrino was honored in Arlington County in 2009 with the James B. Hunter III Community Hero Award in the “individual” category, for his work in support of programs at Patrick Henry Elementary School, where he mentors students at all grade levels. This award is part of Arlington County’s annual Neighborhood Day celebration. Perrino “is an outstanding example of giving back to the community,” said Annie Frye, assistant principal at the elementary school, who made the nomination. The Arlington School Administrators recognized Dr. Perrino's civic involvement and experience by awarding him the prestigious Arlington School Administrators 2006 Civic Award.
Denise Perrino taught theatre arts, English, public speaking, and debate in Fairfax County for 34 years. She taught at Oakton High School, Lanier Middle School, Lake Braddock Middle School, and McLean High School. During her tenure in Fairfax County, she directed over 100 shows during her career, Among them are Noises Off, Les Misérables, David and Lisa, Inherit the Wind, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Fiddler on the Roof, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Godspell, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, House of Blue Leaves, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, A Thurber Carnival, The Sound of Music, The Hobbit, The Crucible and Grease.
Ms. Perrino has served as a team leader with curriculum development for Theatre Arts in Fairfax County and has been a mentor and leader in Theatre Arts through involvement with International Thespians, Virginia Theatre Association and Virginia High School League. Under her direction, McLean High School Theatre was invited to perform at the American High School Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland during the summer of 2009. Ms. Perrino was inducted in 2008 into the first class of inductees of The Blue Masque Hall of Fame at Catawba College in recognition to her meritorious life in theatre.
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