2017 WJCC Teachers of the Year

Christy Hubbard

Christy Hubbard

Bright Beginnings

I have taught Early Childhood Special Education in both self-contained and inclusion settings for 14 years with WJCC Public Schools. I am proud to be teaching in the same school district that I grew up in and my two children now attend. My husband of 10 years and I have two boys, a third grader and a kindergartener.

Robin Burford

Robin Burford

Clara Byrd Baker

I’ve loved teaching young children for 42 years. After graduating from the University of South Florida, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in Orlando, Newport News, and the last 21 years in Williamsburg, in Kindergarten. I received my graduate degree from Regent University. My husband and I have 3 children and 3 amazing grandchildren. Every school year is full of new challenges, learning, and rewarding experiences.

Kelly Herspold

Kelly Herspold

D.J. Montague

I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at DJ Montague. This is my 12th year teaching and my 6th year at DJ. After earning my B.S. in Psychology from Longwood and my M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from ODU, I taught for 6 years in Newport News. I’ve taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 3rd grade. My husband and I live in Toano with our three children.

Kelli Cooke

Kelli Cooke

J. Blaine Blayton

Kelli Cooke grew up in Williamsburg and attended WJCC schools. She attended the University of Mary Washington and graduated with degrees in English and Elementary Education. She also received a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from VCU. Following graduation from college and teaching in Fredericksburg, she returned to Williamsburg and is currently serving as third grade team lead at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School.

Hayley Cerar

Hayley Cerar

James River

Hayley Cerar is a Special Education Teacher at James River Elementary. She is a graduate of Radford University and has taught for the past 10 years. Haley began her career in Stafford, VA. but returned to her hometown, Williamsburg, VA to teach at the elementary level. In her free time, Hayley enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband, Jerry, and their dog, Brody.

Courtney Fuller

Courtney Fuller

Matoaka

Courtney, a Virginia native, received her B.S. and M.S.Ed. from Old Dominion University; she has worked with WJCC schools since 2006. She is a Speech Language Pathologist at Matoaka Elementary (Go Cardinals!), and also serves as the Lead Speech Pathologist for the division. Courtney is married to Bruce and they have three amazing children: Devon (7), Bruce III (5), and Delaney (3).

Kris VanDeusen

Kris VanDeusen

Matthew Whaley

I have been the computer resource teacher for 17 years and science curriculum leader for eight. My wife, Kimberly, is a W&M dean, and my daughter, Kira, is a third grader at Matthew Whaley. They are everything to me. I enjoy sports, playing in a band, and learning new things like gardening and, most recently, electronics. I believe in motivating students, providing opportunities, and that struggle increases progress.

Maryann Balint

Maryann Balint

Norge

I joined the Norge Elementary School family in the fall of 2001 as a special education aide. With the support of mentors and the TEACH program, I earned my Masters in Special Education from the College of William & Mary in 2006. This is my twelfth year co/teaching with collaborative teachers as a special education teacher.

Lauren Efird

Lauren Efird

Rawls Byrd

Lauren Efird is a dedicated fifth grade teacher at Rawls Byrd Elementary School in her eighth year of teaching. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Currently, she serves as the William & Mary Lead Clinical Faculty member and Minority Achievement Leader for RBES. At home, she spends time with her husband Charles and son Alexander and enjoys reading, playing tennis, and volleyball.

Lisa Hill

Lisa Hill

Stonehouse

Lisa Hill has been an educator in WJCC Schools for 31 years. She received her degree from Radford University and Masters from Regent University. She has taught at Norge Elementary, Clara Byrd Baker, and presently teaches at Stonehouse Elementary. Lisa has taught first through fourth grades throughout her career and has served as Team Leader, Science and Social Studies Curriculum Leader, Testing Coordinator, Mentor Coordinator, and SCA Sponsor.

Laura Treese

Laura Treese

Berkeley

Williamsburg has been my home for over 26 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Special Education and a master’s in Education, both from ODU. I began my teaching journey as an instructional assistant at Stonehouse. I have been a special educator at Berkeley since 2012. I measure my success by the triumphs of my students and am made stronger by the challenges!

Anthony “Tony” Neeley

Anthony “Tony” Neeley

Lois S. Hornsby

Tony Neeley has been teaching in public schools for 17 years. Prior to that, he taught in the U. S. Marines for 10 years. He is currently working at Hornsby Middle School as an 8th Grade Science Teacher. He credits all of his success to great teammates and great leadership.

Jaclyn Beck

Jaclyn Beck

Toano

Jaclyn Beck teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Toano Middle School. Using her Marine Biology degree from UNCW, she facilitated field-based education programs, most recently at VIMS. These experiences shape her teaching. Jaclyn strives to bring engaging, hands-on opportunities to students through labs, demonstrations, and community partnerships. Jaclyn received her Master’s in Education from The College of William and Mary. Jaclyn is a proud Toano Tiger!

Kristin Cosby

Kristin Cosby

Jamestown

I studied biochemistry at Virginia Tech and earned my teaching credentials at Christopher Newport University. I have taught chemistry for twenty years; the last ten years at Jamestown. I am currently the science department curriculum leader, head coach for Science Olympiad, co-sponsor for Science National Honor Society, and a member of Honors Project Committee. I am married to another educator, and have two school-aged children.

Debbie Todd

Debbie Todd

Lafayette

Mrs. Debra Todd, a National Board Certified instructor, has taught students with special needs for 33 years - 18 years in WJCC at Lafayette. Mrs. Todd has a passion for working with her students and has done so in the both the collaborative and special education setting. Her greatest pleasure is seeing her students demonstrate growth and success in their classes.

Chandler McKnight

Chandler McKnight

Warhill

I had the pleasure of growing up in Mathews County, Virginia and joined Warhill High School shortly after graduating from Old Dominion University. Teaching Earth Science and Oceanography and watching my students’ growth academically and as young adults is immensely gratifying. Being a member of the Warhill Lion Family is a blessing, and I look forward to continuing its tradition of educational excellence.