Congratulations to Shari Vandygriff – 2016 WJCC Division Teacher of the Year

Video: WJCC Teacher of the Year Ceremony

About the Program

The WJCC Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding teachers from each division school. In addition, three level Teachers of the Year are selected after additional review of nominating packets and visits to each of the teacher’s classrooms. 

The WJCC Division Teacher of the Year was selected from the three level Teachers of the Year after an additional review of nominating packets and visits to each of the teacher’s classrooms.

Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Bryan Cole

Bryan Cole

Matthew Whaley

I teach fifth grade at Matthew Whaley Elementary School. I am originally from Canton, Ohio, but have lived here in Williamsburg for the last 20 years. My wife, Katie Cole, teaches fourth grade. I also have two wonderful daughters, Hannah (a sophomore at Bruton High School) and Shenan (a sixth grader at Queens Lake Middle School), who are the joy of my life.

Middle School Teacher of the Year

Shari Vandygriff

Shari Vandygriff

Berkeley

Shari Vandygriff, 8th Grade English teacher, serves as a mentor, PTA teacher representative, English Dept. Lead, W & M Clinical Faculty member, and on the BMS leadership team. She has hosted many school and community events, including Write Talks, Reading Rewards, and Honor Roll programs. Students describe her as humorous, prepared, sets high expectations, admits mistakes, positive, approachable, and makes every student feel they belong.

High School Teacher
of the Year

Chris Eames

Chris Eames

Jamestown

Chris Eames is a math teacher at Jamestown High School. Having attended Norge, Toano and Lafayette he is proud to be continuing his work in WJCC schools. He has a passion for theoretical mathematics and history of mathematics, which carries over into the classroom. He is respected for his dedication to his students and the energy that he exudes in the classroom.

Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Elementary School Teacher of the Year

WJCC Teachers of the Year

Sarah Sams

Sarah Sams

Bright Beginnings

I am a third year Early Childhood Special Education teacher. Since I have been teaching I have dedicated my time to bringing light to early childhood education, providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for my students and supporting community based programs dedicated to serving children with special needs. I am passionate about my profession and I work hard to give my students a strong educational foundation.

James Goggin

James Goggin

Clara Byrd Baker

I have been Baker’s Physical Education Teacher for twenty-five years. My focus is on lifelong fitness and teamwork. Each child is encouraged to make his or her best effort, persevere and have fun. I give each student the opportunity to succeed. I serve as the Student Council advisor, SHIP Coordinator, lead an award winning recycling program and coordinate the division’s oldest elementary running club.

Fawna Wilcox

Fawna Wilcox

DJ Montague

My family and I relocated to the area in July of 2014. My husband and I are proud parents of 3 children. I have been teaching at DJ Montague since August 2014 in a self contained special education classroom. I started my teaching career in 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pa for Pittsburgh Public School District and I have been teaching special education since 2005.

Marilee Ward

Marilee Ward

J. Blaine Blayton

I taught for 19 years in grades 2-5 and have been a math specialist for 7 years. My degrees include a masters in elementary education and a math specialist endorsement for elementary and middle school grades. I have been married for 23 years and have two incredible children who attend WJCC schools.

Heidi Meadows

Heidi Meadows

James River

My experience in teaching spans from Pre-K to 12th grade. Half of my teaching career has been in special education with the other half in inclusion settings. My family moved to Williamsburg in 2013 and I am proud to be a Kindergarten teacher at James River. Outside the classroom I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and our four children.

Andrea Freeland

Andrea Freeland

Matoaka

My name is Andrea Freeland and I have lived in Williamsburg eleven years with my husband, Keith. Our oldest daughter, Lauren, teaches in Arlington and our daughters, Olivia and Devan, attend Ole Miss. I am from McGaheysville, Virginia and graduated from Shepherd College. I began my career in Rockingham and Roanoke Counties. DJM was my school for one year before Matoaka opened in 2007.

Kelly Parsons

Kelly Parsons

Norge

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at the elementary level in WJCC schools for 19 years. Over the years I have found that my students are truly happiest and the most fully engaged in their learning when they are given opportunities to express themselves creatively. Teaching reading is my true passion…so much so, that I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in School Librarianship.

Amy Gauntt

Amy Gauntt

Rawls Byrd

Amy (Beatty) Gauntt is a product of WJCC schools and graduated from Lafayette High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at James Madison University. Amy and her husband Curtis have three children and returned to Williamsburg in 2014. After teaching in Loudoun, Dare and Henrico schools, Amy teaches kindergarten at Rawls Byrd. She enjoys reading, taking photographs, hiking and spending time with her family.

Evelyn R. Jessie

Evelyn R. Jessie

Stonehouse

Evelyn is proud to be a WJCC teacher! She completed the undergraduate elementary education program at William and Mary and later the M.A.Ed. Special Education program there. She taught at Clara Byrd Baker for a year. Since moving closer to her home in Gloucester, she has been at Stonehouse for four years. She enjoys working with her amazing colleagues and watching students grow every day.

Debra Kosloski

Debra Kosloski

Lois S. Hornsby

Deb Kosloski has been in education for over 33 years, having taught grades one through three all subjects, and six through eight English, Math and Science. She is in her ninth year with WJCC and teaches 6th grade Science at Hornsby Middle School. Deb graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. She and her husband have two daughters, Katie and Carolyn, who graduated from Lafayette High School.

Valerie Hart

Valerie Hart

Toano

Valerie Kaye Hart received her degree in Music Education from Christopher Newport University in May of 2004. She began teaching at Toano Middle School in fall of 2004 where she is the Choral Director and teaches General Music. Toano has developed a reputation for award winning choirs receiving consistent Superior and Excellent ratings, including being awarded Grand Champion 5 times in the last 8 years.

Suzan McCorry

Suzan McCorry

Lafayette

Suzan has been teaching 17 years for WJCC and at Lafayette for the last 9 years. A passionate educator and dedicated director, with the aptitude to motivate and provide students with the tools, resources and knowledge to exceed individual goals in the classroom and stage. Suzan received ‘Virginia Speech, Debate and Theatre Educator’ of the year, and the ‘Forensics Coach of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014.

Katie Maclauchlan

Katie Maclauchlan

Warhill

Katie Maclauchlan grew up in Richmond, and she joined the Warhill English department after graduating from William and Mary in 2010. She currently teaches English 9, Honors English 9, and AP Literature; she also serves as Co-Curriculum Leader and Junior Class Co-Sponsor. Her students keep her laughing and learning each day, and she is incredibly grateful to be a Lion.

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