No educators from Virginia’s inner-suburb school districts will be in the running for 2023 Virginia Teacher of the Year, according to state officials.
The eight regional teachers of the year have been announced by the Virginia Department of Education, with the teacher-of-the-year announcement slated for Sept. 30 in Richmond.
“Each of us has seen a life changed by a committed, loving teacher, and empowering teachers to best serve their students in partnership with parents remains a top priority for my administration,” Gov. Youngkin said in an Aug. 31 statement. “Great teachers must be recognized, and I’m pleased that today we’re recognizing the outstanding work of eight wonderful teachers throughout the commonwealth.”
The regional recipients represent “the best of the best across the commonwealth’s public-education system and across a variety of grade levels and content areas,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Amiee Guidera.
The 2023 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year are:
• Kiara S. Thompson, a physical science teacher at Thomas C. Boushall Middle in Richmond (Region 1).
• Jason D. Bartholomew, a business information and technology teacher at Nansemond River High in Suffolk (Region 2).
• Fabiana B. Parker, an English as a Second Language teacher at Thornburg Middle in Spotsylvania County (Region 3).
• Jordan M. Markwood, a music teacher at Rock Ridge High in Loudoun County (Region 4).
• Lori C. Peltonen, a library and media specialist at Staunton High in Staunton (Region 5).
• Angela D. Myers, a librarian at Red Mountain Middle in Botetourt County (Region 6).
• Dawn Poe, a kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary in Grayson County (Region 7).
• Megan G. Graves, a special-education teacher at Appomattox High in Appomattox County (Region 8).
A Virginia Department of Education committee selected the eight regional winners from among candidates nominated by school divisions. The committee – which includes teachers, representatives of education and business associations, the military and 2022 Virginia Teacher of the Year Daphne Tamara Fulson – will reconvene in Richmond Sept. 30 to interview the regional winners and select the 2023 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The governor and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin will announce the selection that evening during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion.
“What a day it will be to recognize one great teacher among many great teachers in the commonwealth of Virginia,” Youngkin said.
The 2023 Virginia Teacher of the Year will represent the commonwealth in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.
Three previous Virginia teachers – Mary V. Bicouvaris, the 1989 Virginia Teacher of the Year; B. Philip Bigler, the 1998 Virginia Teacher of the Year; and Rodney A. Robinson, the 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year – went on to be named as national teachers of the year.