Surprise and excitement were among the emotions running through Chesterfield County schools last Thursday when teachers learned they are the school division’s top Teachers of the Year. School system and county leaders brought flowers, banners, cakes and balloons as they announced the awards to these terrific teachers.
Annually, every Chesterfield County school selects a Teacher of the Year. Chesterfield County Public Schools selects from those honorees an Elementary School Teacher of the Year, a Middle School Teacher of the Year and a High School Teacher of the Year, and then chooses the countywide Teacher of the Year from those three honorees. The next step is submitting the nomination to the Virginia Department of Education, which will select eight regional Teachers of the Year from across the state, then will choose the Virginia Teacher of the Year from the eight regional winners.
Tracey Zaval is Chesterfield’s Teacher of the Year, as well as Chesterfield’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Cathy Garrison is Chesterfield’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She teaches kindergarten at Woolridge Elementary.
Kristin Breslin is Chesterfield’s High School Teacher of the Year. She teaches in Manchester High’s Success Program.
The rest of the Teachers of the Year who teach in the Village News readership area are:
Bellwood Elementary — Christine Sullivan-King
Bensley Elementary — Virginia Chalkley
Beulah Elementary — Christi Brubaker
Marguerite Christian Elementary — Yvette Jones
Curtis Elementary — Cheryl Green
Ecoff Elementary — Sarah Glass
Enon Elementary — Lynne Heath
Ettrick Elementary — Kaleigh Hamilton
Falling Creek Elementary — Anastasia Gettas
Gates Elementary — Jill Hart
Harrowgate Elementary — Hope Harrell
Hening Elementary — Kelly Morgott
Hopkins Elementary — Ashley Lankey
Matoaca Elementary — Bridget Neace
Salem Church Elementary — Ruby Jo Hiller
Elizabeth Scott Elementary — Sharon LaLiberte
Wells Elementary — Lisa Coffey
Carver Middle — Jody Crist
Elizabeth Davis Middle — Theresa Bridge
Falling Creek Middle — Matthew Strittmatter
Matoaca Middle — Dayna Walger
Salem Church Middle — Molly-Armine Holston
Bird High — Ann Hoffner
Chesterfield Community High — Marcus Petty
Chesterfield Technical Center — Mark Kimmel
Thomas Dale High — Kara Watts
Matoaca High — Michael-Jon Rodney
Meadowbrook High — Richard West