Meg Gruber, president of the Virginia Education Association, will speak Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Molnar Recital Hall in Wygal.

Gruber, an earth science teacher at Forest Park High School in Prince William County, will talk on "Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Public School Educators." The talk, part of the Longwood Leadership Forum, is free and open to the public.

A longtime VEA activist, Gruber began her career in Delaware and has taught for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of Clarion University in Pennsylvania and has a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.

Gruber, who began her two-year term as VEA president in August 2012, also has been president of the Prince William Education Association and a member of the board of directors for the National Education Association and the VEA. The 56,000-member VEA is the largest and oldest professional organization serving public schools and public school educators in Virginia.

Gruber is the third speaker in the Longwood Leadership Forum, which began in January. The series highlights outstanding examples of leadership in the arts, education, literature, sciences, technology and philanthropy. For more information, call (434) 395-2003 or visit

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