P. O. BOX 2120
February 6, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Thomas A. Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Compliance
SUBJECT: 1998 Virginia Teacher of the Year and Regional Teachers of the Year

  B. Philip Bigler, a 19-year veteran teacher of  history and
  social studies at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science
  and Technology in Fairfax County has been named Virginia's
  1998 Teacher of the Year.  He was chosen from eight state
  regional finalists at a special dinner and celebration held in
  Richmond earlier in the school year.  Mr. Bigler has also been
  named one of four finalists for the nation's top teaching
  honor -- National Teacher of the Year -- by the National
  Selection Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.  The
  announcement of the 1998 National Teacher of the Year will be
  made during Education Week in April.

  The 1998 Virginia Regional Teachers of the year are: Carol G.
  Fruhwald, a learning disabilities teacher in grades
  kindergarten through grade 2 at Thelma Crenshaw Elementary
  School in Chesterfield County; Charlene J. Herralla, a special
  education teacher at Windsor High School in Isle of Wight
  County; Eric D. Powell, an eleventh-grade social studies
  teacher at Stafford High School in Stafford County; Linda T.
  Williams, a kindergarten teacher at Heritage Elementary School
  in Lynchburg; Tamara R. Oliver (Tammy), a second grade teacher
  at Margaret Beeks Elementary School in Montgomery County; Jack
  L. Mason, a geology and earth science teacher at Northwood
  High School in Smyth County; and Linda F. Webber, a third
  grade teacher at Prince Edward County Elementary School in
  Prince Edward County.  A brochure profiling Virginia's
  Teachers of the Year is attached.

  The Virginia Teacher of the Year and the seven Virginia
  Regional Teachers of the Year serve as ambassadors for public
  education during the school year.  Each teacher has received
  a grant to develop and implement a leadership project in their
  region. Their individual messages and actions establish a
  standard of excellence in student learning and academic
  achievement in our classrooms.  We encourage you to assist
  these teachers in their effort to become spokespersons for
  education throughout the Commonwealth.

  If you have questions or would like additional information,
  please contact my office at 804-371-2522, or Byrd Latham, at


  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office

  c:      Virginia's Teacher Education Contacts