Congratulations to Stephen Legawiec – 2018 WJCC Division Teacher of the Year

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
Suzanne Sylvester

Suzanne Sylvester

Laurel Lane

I attended Gordon College and earned a B.A. in Communications. After college, I moved to Honduras and taught at an International School where I fell in love with teaching. Upon returning to the states, I attended William & Mary and earned a Master’s degree in Education. I am a special education inclusion teacher and passionate about meeting the social-emotional needs of students and working with families.

Middle School
Teacher of the Year
Jessica Napier

Jessica Napier

Lois S. Hornsby

I am a sixth grade math teacher in my eighth year of teaching math at Hornsby Middle School. I have always loved math and had the desire to become a teacher. Each year, my goal is to: build positive relationships with my students and their families; provide a safe and comfortable learning environment; and for my students to learn that math makes sense!

WJCC Division & High School Teacher of the Year
Stephen Legawiec

Stephen Legawiec

Lafayette

I teach U.S. History at Lafayette and love using history to instill in students an appreciation of who they are and all that they can become. I hail from Rochester, New York, where the Erie Canal, George Eastman House, and Iroquois ancestral sites developed my passion for America’s past at an early age. I live in Toano with my wife and baby girl.

Crystal Glisan

Crystal Glisan

Bright Beginnings

I am a third year Early Childhood Special Ed teacher. I attended WJCC schools from Kindergarten until 12th grade and received my undergraduate and Master’s Degree from James Madison University. I student taught in Bright Beginnings and immediately fell in love with the program. My mom, Mary, is also an educator, teaching 6th grade math at Berkeley Middle School.

Jason Kriner

Jason Kriner

Clara Byrd Baker

I have taught elementary music for 17 years, the last 11 at Clara Byrd Baker. I graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Music in 2001 and Shenandoah Conservatory with a Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed) in 2012. I served as president of the Virginia Elementary Music Educators Association from 2012 to 2015. For VEMEA, I coordinated regional professional development workshops, hosted more than 20 workshops, and coordinated the All-Virginia Elementary Chorus.

Deanna Guiseppi

Deanna Guiseppi

D.J. Montague

I am a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida. Teaching has been my passion for 26 years, having taught in three school divisions in Virginia and Florida. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Marc, for 23 years. I am a mom to three daughters, Lyndsey (age 19), Madisyn (age 16) and Ryley (age 14).

Kate Sikes

Kate Sikes

J. Blaine Blayton

I am a Kindergarten teacher at J.Blaine Blayton Elementary School. This is my 22nd year with WJCC Public Schools. In my spare time, I love to travel, hike, snorkel, eat all kinds of food, hang out with friends & family, read, and laugh!

Ashley Lee

Ashley Lee

James River

I am a native of Williamsburg. After graduating from JMU, I started a career in interior design and sales. After a few years, I went back to school and received a degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching at James River for six years, spending the last five teaching 3rd grade. I love spending time with my husband Ryan and daughter Grace.

Maureen McFarland

Maureen McFarland

Matoaka

A Maine native, I moved to Williamsburg in 1996 and have worked for WJCC since 2002. I have an English degree from Bowdoin College, a Master of K-8 Education from William and Mary, and a Master of School Librarianship from Longwood. I have taught skiing, sailing, adult ESL, kindergarten, 2nd grade, K-5 computers, and am currently an elementary librarian and middle school mountain biking coach.

Millie Pegram

Millie Pegram

Matthew Whaley

I love to teach and have devoted 34 years to the teaching profession. Currently I am a first grade teacher at Matthew Whaley Elementary School. I hold a dual degree in SPED and ECE and a Masters of Education. I am passionate about teaching and motivating students who struggle academically and behaviorally. I pride myself on making learning real, meaningful, and fun!

Anne Evans

Anne Evans

Norge

I grew up in the Williamsburg area and attended two State Universities, Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary. This is my thirtieth year teaching in WJCC schools. I have taught at Norge and Clara Byrd Baker. My children attended WJCC schools. In the fall, I enjoy William and Mary football games and during the summer, I enjoy going to the beach to read and relax.

Robyn Lacasse

Robyn Lacasse

Stonehouse

I have been an educator for 20 years and I am extremely fortunate to be part of the Stonehouse family, where I have been a member of the third grade team for the past ten. After graduating from Virginia Tech, I spent ten years teaching third and fourth grade in the NNPS system. I enjoy golfing, traveling, and spending time with my husband and five-year-old daughter.

Doug Ernst

Doug Ernst

Berkeley

I am a 7th grade social studies teacher in my 5th year at Berkeley Middle School. I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and returned to earn a Master’s degree in Social Studies Education in 2013. I love my students and the rest of the Bulldog family! In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, watching sports, and spending time with my wife Kellie and son Jasper!

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Toano

I am the curriculum lead for special education at Toano Middle School and a special education teacher in the cross-categorical self-contained program. I achieved my National Board Certification in December 2017. A special educator for 20 years, I have spent the last 14 years at Toano Middle School. I love teaching students with diverse disabilities and watching their growth through the middle school years!

J. Harvey Stone

J. Harvey Stone

Jamestown

I am the Theatre Arts teacher and drama director at Jamestown High School. I pursue many theatrical and educational endeavors including playwriting, grant writing, and the development of workshops for teachers and students. Most recently, I created a workshop for teachers about developing deeper connections within the classroom, and have developed a series of seminars for students about the competitive college workshop/college audition process.

E. Shannon Williams

E. Shannon Williams

Warhill

I currently serve as the special education curriculum leader and a teacher at Warhill High School. I earned my undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education from CNU, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett, and an add-on endorsement in Special Education from ODU. The Albemarle Rotary Club awarded me Mentor-of-the-Year during my first year teaching in 2000. I am a proud mother of two amazing teenagers.

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