LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Talk about an A+ educator! On Tuesday afternoon, Lynchburg City Schools honored Heritage High School’s Cathy Drumheller by naming her as “Teacher of the Year.”

According to the district, Drumheller’s “effective incorporation of technology, engaging lessons, and content knowledge captures student attention and trust, and inspires them to learn.”

School officials say she proves her dedication to her students and her passion for education through her contributions to the division and the community, such as engaging science students using aquaponics in the classroom and sponsoring the Lynchburg Students Rise and Project Inclusion.

Drumheller told WFXR News that as a Heritage High graduate herself, she’s invested in the school.

“I feel like I’ve always been a part of this community and I am home,” said Drumheller. “I’m home where I should be with the people that I should be with and the students that I should be with.”

According to Drumheller, her love of teaching came from the teachers who loved and cared for her when she was a student.

Her goal is to connect the classroom with student potential outside of the classroom through meaningful conversations and connections.  In her philosophy of education statement, she says that  when she “first began teaching in 2005, I had no idea what a journey I was about to embark upon. Through the years, I’ve had many highs and lows in my job; joy and sadness, achievement and failure, progress and setbacks. What I’ve come to learn over the years is that education is an adventure, and each day is an opportunity.”  

Statement shared on May 3, 2022 by Lynchburg City Schools