Virginia Regional Teachers of
the Year Named
Eight educators learned of their selection this week as the Virginia 2006 Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise classroom visits made by members of the Board of Education and Department of Education representatives. Announcements were made in six classrooms yesterday, Sept. 13, and in two today.
These educators embody what is best in Virginias public school teachers, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary. They represent thousands of colleagues whose creativity and hard work have brought about significant increases in student achievement and made Virginias public schools among the highest performing in the nation.
The regional teachers of the year announced are:
The eight teachers were selected from among candidates chosen by their school divisions. The candidates prepared and submitted portfolios highlighting their professional accomplishments, educational philosophies, and community activities. A panel of representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community, and 2005 Virginia Teacher of the Year Joseph Hills of Fairfax County reviewed the portfolios. A record 62 school divisions nominated teachers this year.
The panel will interview each of the eight Regional Teachers of the Year on October 21 to select the 2006 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The decision will be announced that evening during a celebration in Richmond.
The 2006 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be the commonwealths nominee in the National Teacher of the Year program, which is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, Scholastic Inc, and ING Foundation. Two previous Virginia teachers have gone on to become National Teacher of the Year: B. Philip Bigler, the 1998 Virginia Teacher of the Year, and Mary Bicouvaris, the 1989 Virginia Teacher of the Year.