Three teachers from southwest and central Virginia named teacher of the year
(WFXR) – Eight teachers are in the running for the 2022 Virginia Regional Teacher of the Year. Three of the teachers are from Southwest and Central Virginia.
“These teachers are true examples of the dedication and ingenuity of our educators,” Governor Ralph Northam said. “Whether they teach virtually or in person, their commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of the students during a difficult year. As full-time in-person teaching resumes safely across the Commonwealth, their excellence will continue to make a difference in the classroom. “
Governor and First Lady Pamela Northam attended the Teacher of the Year announcement at John B. Carry Elementary School in Richmond.
The nominees for this year’s award are listed below:
- Ashley Sharell Bland, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond.
- Daphne Tamara Fulson, second grade teacher at Portlock Elementary School in Chesapeake.
- Robert Dean LaFollette, science, vocational and technical teacher and math teacher at Essex High School in Essex County.
- Howard L. Brewer Jr., English teacher at the Transition Support Resource Center-Alexandria in Fairfax County.
- Matthew Kenneth Uselton, an English teacher at Liberty High School in County Bedford.
- Eboni Jenee Harrington, math teacher at Lucy Addison Middle School in Roanoke.
- Ashley Duncan Cannon, health and physical education teacher at Atkins Elementary School in Smyth County.
- Brendan Mayer Conroy, GED / Individual Student Alternative Education Program teacher at Appomattox County High School in Appomattox County.
“I want to thank all of our teachers for their tremendous efforts to support, challenge and inspire the students of Virginia,” said Pamela Northam. “Our regional teachers of the year embody a dynamic spirit in the face of challenges and demonstrate immense dedication to academic success and the well-being of their students. “
Each teacher was required to submit a portfolio that highlighted their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities. From there, portfolios will be reviewed and then applicants will be interviewed on October 14. The governor will choose the winner and make the announcement later today.
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