2020 Teacher of the Year is down to the final eight

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Commonwealth's top teacher finalist is from Salem High School

Wytheville Community college (WCC) announced several staff reductions in response to declining enrollment and budget shortfall.

Wytheville Community college (WCC) announced several staff reductions in response to declining enrollment and budget shortfall.

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Eight teachers today learned of their selection as a finalist for the 2020 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise classroom visits.

Among the top eight is a 12th-grade English and English 12 College Preparatory teacher at Salem High School, Andrea Carson Johnson.

Johnson was selected as the Region 6 Teacher of the Year and is now in the running for the top crown.

The other seven teachers up for the Teacher of the Year title include:

  • Gregory Patrick Lyndaker, Henrico High School (Region 1)
  • Rachel Kathryn Thompson, Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach (Region 2)
  • Latasha Marlene Lee, Northumberland High School (Region 3)
  • Jennifer Renee Rodgers, Dominion High School, Loudoun County (Region 4)
  • Amy Marie Mallow, Huddleston Elementary in Bedford County (Region 5)
  • Sarah Lea Deel, Marion Senior High School, Smyth County (Region 7)
  • Michelle Rae Howell, LaCrosse Elementary, Mecklenburg County (Region 8)

The teachers were selected from nominations submitted by school divisions in each of the state’s eight superintendents regions. Candidates submitted portfolios highlighting their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.

The Teacher of the Year will be announced on Monday, October 7 during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

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