Harlow builds relationships to overcome classroom obstacles
As a child, Lauren Harlow struggled in school with reading and writing, but it is now her favorite subject to teach.  The Hopkins Elementary teacher said some students come in not even knowing how to write their names, or what their names look like, but are reading books at... Read more
After a few twists and turns, Sthreshley inspired to teach
Shawn Sthreshley is a Title I instructional coach at Hening Elementary, but the road he took to get there was anything but straightforward. When he was younger, Sthreshley wanted to be a preacher, and he gave sermons on the back porch. During high school, his dreams shifted to being... Read more
Festa enjoys teaching the first grade
Kaitlyn Festa gets hugs almost every day from current and former students at Elizabeth Scott Elementary, which she called the “best feeling.”  Festa gets to see her students even after they move up to higher grades and said they return to give her hugs.  “My kids know that it’s... Read more
Robenson enjoys teaching kindergarten
Marguerite Christian Elementary’s Teacher of the Year had dreams of being a social worker and started her career at Richmond Memorial Hospital. Sarah Robenson did short-term rehabilitation and was responsible for assisting patients with care once they returned home, or she placed them in a nursing home if they... Read more
Burnett enjoys keeping her students guessing
“The louder, the better” is Kimberly Burnett’s teaching philosophy. She is a self-proclaimed “hands-on, out-of-the-box teacher” who likes to transform her classroom in order to keep her students guessing. “It’s almost like we’re in competition with their life outside of school and their video games and their constant movement,... Read more
McDougald enjoys teaching kindergarten
Kelly McDougald is completely content being a kindergarten teacher for the rest of her career. McDougald calls teaching kindergarten her passion. She began as a special education teacher in kindergarten and first grade, but switched because she wanted to be on the “general education” side in a collaborative setting.... Read more
Gravely enjoys being a librarian at Carver C&CA
When Deanna Gravely was a little girl, she wanted to be a teacher and had many influential cousins who were teachers. She would pretend to write on a chalkboard of her fictional classroom and line up her stuffed animals and dolls in a row as if they were sitting... Read more
Counselor enjoys mentoring TDHS students
When Eleanor Kotowski applied to college, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to open her own business or become a therapist. She had an interest in education and even toyed with the idea of being an English teacher, but eventually settled on getting a bachelor’s degree in finance from... Read more
The happy scientist: Coppler enjoys teaching at Elizabeth Davis Middle School
Laura Coppler has been a science teacher for 13 years and said she has always been a science nerd. Her father was always out in the garden during her childhood, and she said her fourth-grade teacher was the first teacher to ignite her interest in science. Coppler teaches science... Read more
Daniels loves teaching math
Carver Middle School’s Teacher of the Year loves numbers, which is fitting, as she teaches seventh-grade math. LaToya Daniels originally majored in accounting, but she decided to follow her heart to work with kids. Daniels has been teaching for 16 years and has been at Carver for four. Her... Read more