2019 Teachers of the Year

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WJCC Elementary School
Teacher of the Year

Abby Reynolds

Abby Reynolds

D.J. Montague

I am a special education teacher at D.J. Montague Elementary School. I love working with my fabulous inclusion teachers and amazing special education paraprofessionals! I attended the College of William & Mary and I enjoy cheering on the Tribe any chance I get. My husband, Craig, is also a teacher and we enjoy traveling together in the summer as well as running in local races.

Abby Reynolds - Elementary Teacher of the Year

WJCC Middle School
Teacher of the Year

Mary Glisan

Mary Glisan

Berkeley

I am a 6th grade math teacher at Berkeley. My goal has always been to believe in my students’ abilities even though they may not believe in themselves. I am passionate about coaching, in and out of the classroom, and coached softball and basketball for 17 years. I enjoy reading, sports, and spending time with my husband, Chuck, two daughters, Shannon and Crystal, and two Jack Russell Terriers.

Mary Glisan - Middle Teacher of the Year

WJCC High School
Teacher of the Year

Melissa Furr

Melissa Furr

Jamestown

I have been teaching visual arts at Jamestown High School for the past 9 years. I teach Drawing, Art Foundations, and Concourse 9 (an innovative PBL class with English, Biology, World History, and Art Foundations). I graduated from ODU in 2005 with a BA in Art History and I received a MAT in Art Education from CNU. I am inspired daily by the creativity of the amazing community here at JHS.

Melissa Furr - High Teacher of the Year

Patty Harris

Patty Harris

Bright Beginnings

This is my 30th year as a Pre-K teacher at Norge. I started back when the program was called Norge Early Education and Development (or NEED) Center and there were 5 classrooms for the whole division, all focused on children with identified special needs. There has been so much growth and positive changes, but our goal in BB is the same: catch kids early and instill in them a love of learning!

Diane Howell

Diane Howell

Clara Byrd Baker

I have been an inclusion and self-contained special education teacher since 2002. I was a stay at home mom until 1998 and then became a Sped assistant. I fell in love with teaching and received my M.Ed. from W&M. My current position is working with students who are nonverbal in a self-contained classroom. I truly enjoy supporting the families and watching each child maximize his potential.

Rose Marsh

Rose Marsh

J. Blaine Blayton

I am a third grade teacher at JBB. I have been teaching for fourteen years and I’ve taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. I’m from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was originally inspired to become an educator by the many wonderful teachers I had in Spotsylvania County. I enjoy reading, cooking, and skiing; and I am also the proud parent of a Kindergartener at JBB!

Janet Delfico

Janet Delfico

James River

I have been a part of WJCC Public Schools since 2007, first as a substitute teacher then as CRT for James River. Along with teaching at JRE I have also been a part of the WJCC Summer School program for 5 years creating projects such as Creative Coding and SHIP Network. It is my goal to make sure that our students do not just consume technology but learn how to create with technology.

Erin Elmore

Erin Elmore

Laurel Lane

Five years ago I moved to Virginia and started teaching at LLE. I have been the Centers team lead and served on the leadership team for the past three years. Additionally, I have been an active participant on our School Effectiveness Team and FACE committee. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, going for hikes, watching sporting events, and traveling.

Roxana Jankovic

Roxana Jankovic

Matoaka

I grew up in Venezuela and moved to the United States at the age of 15. I received my Bachelor of Science in elementary education and master’s in counseling from William and Mary. I taught at Matthew Whaley from 1995-2002 then became a stay home mom and teacher to my 4 kids for 13 years. I have been back at Matoaka for 4 years now. I am fluent in Spanish and have been married for 22 years.

Meredith Watkins

Meredith Watkins

Matthew Whaley

I am a North Carolina native and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have taught for a total of 15 years, the last 10 at my beloved Matthew Whaley. I am married and have a daughter named Campbell and a son named Hobbes. I love first grade and always tell my students, "once you‘re my firstie, you’re always my firstie!"

Cindy Cattell

Cindy Cattell

Norge

This is my tenth year as the Computer Resource Teacher at Norge Elementary School. I started my career as a fifth grade teacher at Norge after graduating from the Master’s program at JMU in 2006. My favorite thing about my job is teaching the language of coding and inspiring future computer programmers! I am married to Aaron Cattell and we have two children Emma and Charlie, ages 7 and 4.

Julie Lipscomb

Julie Lipscomb

Stonehouse

Williamsburg has been home to me for the last 34 years. After graduating from Virginia Tech, I have been teaching for 29 years. I have taught at Rawls Byrd and James River before coming to Stonehouse 18 years ago. Fourth grade seems to be my niche because of Virginia history. I have two sons who graduated from WJCC schools and I love to spend time with my family, read, and sit on any beach!

Casey Ford-Starry

Casey Ford-Starry

James Blair

I am a 5th year, 8th grade teacher who is committed to helping my students be successful in the classroom and in life. My goal is to always provide a fun and engaging learning environment, where everyone feels welcome. I graduated from Bruton High School. I was a Psychology Major at Mary Baldwin College, where I had a minor in Education and Leadership Studies through VWIL.

Andrea Lane

Andrea Lane

Lois S. Hornsby

I am an 8th grade English teacher at Hornsby Middle School. All eighteen years of my teaching career have been with WJCC. As a product of WJCC myself (go Rams), I am happy to give back to the community that taught me. My goal each year is to establish trust and build a community of lifelong learners. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and three children.

Jennifer Brungot

Jennifer Brungot

Toano

I am an 8th grade Civics/Economics teacher in my 22nd year of teaching at Toano Middle School. What I love most about teaching is being able to build positive relationships with my students, families and staff. I enjoy creating interactive and engaging lessons and seeing the aha moments of my students’ success. Having taught both of my children and alongside my husband TMS is my second home.

Jennifer Swinson

Jennifer Swinson

Lafayette

I have taught American Sign Language at Lafayette High School since 2014 and prior to that I taught Deaf Education (K-12) for over 10 years. I aim to prepare students to adapt to different situations, embrace everyone’s differences, and engage more deeply with the world around them. I also sponsor the ASL Club, ASL Honor Society, and organize Silent Events within the community.

Christina Marshburn

Christina Marshburn

Warhill

I am the Theatre Teacher and Director at Warhill High School. Before Warhill, I taught and directed Theatre at Hornsby Middle School. I have a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, and served as a professional stage performer before becoming a teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Kevin and cat Maelie.