Three teachers from southwest and central Virginia nominated for Teacher of the Year


(Photo Courtesy: Virginia Department of Education- VDOE Facebook page)

(WFXR) — Eight teachers are in the running for the 2022 Virginia Regional Teacher of the Year. Three of the teachers are from the southwest and central Virginia area.

“These teachers are true examples of the dedication and ingenuity of our educators,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “Whether teaching virtually or in-person, their commitment made a tremendous difference in students’ lives during a challenging year. As full-time in-person instruction safely resumes across the commonwealth, their excellence will continue to make a difference in the classroom.”

The governor and first lady Pamela Northam attended the Teacher of the Year announcement at John B. Carry Elementary in Richmond.

The nominees for this year’s award are listed below:

  • Ashley Sharell Bland, an instructional technology resource teacher at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond.
  • Daphne Tamara Fulson, a second-grade teacher at Portlock Primary School in Chesapeake.
  • Robert Dean LaFollette, a science, career and technical education, and mathematics teacher at Essex High School in Essex County.
  • Howard L. Brewer Jr., an English teacher at the Transition Support Resource Center-Alexandria in Fairfax County.
  • Matthew Kenneth Uselton, an English Teacher at Liberty High School in Bedford County.
  • Eboni Jenee Harrington, a mathematics teacher at Lucy Addison Middle School in Roanoke.
  • Ashley Duncan Cannon, a health and physical education teacher at Atkins Elementary School in Smyth County.
  • Brendan Mayer Conroy, a GED/Individual Student Alternative Education Program teacher at the Appomattox County High School in Appomattox County.

“I want to thank all of our teachers for their tremendous efforts to support, challenge, and inspire Virginia’s students,” said Pamela Northam. “Our regional teachers of the year personify a can-do spirit in the face of challenges and demonstrate immense dedication to the academic success and wellbeing of their students.”

Each teacher had to submit a portfolio that highlights their accomplishments, educational philosophies, and community activities. From there, the portfolios will be reviewed and then the candidates will then be interviewed on Oct. 14. The governor will pick the winner and make the announcement later that day.

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