Local educators win regional awards, up for Virginia State Teacher of the Year honors


RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – The scores are in and Southwest Virginia has made it.

Three local educators around our hometowns were surprised Tuesday with their selections as regional teacher of the year winners. The group will now all be in the running for Virginia Teacher of the Year 2023.

“Each of us has seen a life changed by an engaged and loving teacher, and empowering teachers to best serve their students in partnership with parents remains a top priority for my administration,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said of of recognition. “In the budget we signed this year, I was very happy to help provide teachers with salary increases and bonuses to honor their work, especially throughout the pandemic. Great teachers need to be recognised, I am happy that today we recognize the exceptional work of eight wonderful teachers across the Commonwealth.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow joined Suffolk Superintendent John B. Gordon III at Nansemond High School for the Region 2 selection announcement and explained what makes a Regional Teacher a winner of the year :

“Our eight Regional Teachers of the Year will serve as ambassadors for schools in their regions, the state and for the teaching profession. They are recognized by their peers – and now by the Commonwealth – for their ability to build strong relationships with students and families, and to teach in a way that inspires students to excel, no matter what subject or challenges they face. are faced.

The full list of regional Teacher of the Year winners is as follows:

  • Kiara S. Thompson, professor of physical sciences at Thomas C. Boushall Middle in Richmond (Region 1).
  • Jason D. Bartholomew, Professor of Business Information and Technology at Nansemond River High in Suffolk (Region 2).
  • Fabiana B. Parker, ESL teacher at Thornburg Middle in Spotsylvania County (Region 3).
  • Jordan M. Markwood, music teacher at Rock Ridge High in Loudoun County (Region 4).
  • Lori C. Peltonen, Library and Media Specialist at Staunton High in Staunton (Region 5).
  • Angela D. Myers, librarian at Read Mountain Middle in Botetourt County (Region 6).
  • Dawn Poe, kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary in Grayson County (Region 7).
  • Megan G. Graves, special education teacher at Appomattox High in Appomattox County (Region 8).

A winner will be announced on the evening of September 30 after a committee made up of teachers, representatives from educational and business associations, the military and 2022 Teacher of the Year Virginia Daphne Tamara Fulson, will pass this day to interview the regional selections.

The announcement of the 2023 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be made at the Governor’s Executive Mansion.

The winner will go on to represent Virginia in the Council of Chief State School Officer’s National Teacher of the Year program. There were three former National Teachers of the Year from the Commonwealth.


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