2020 Teachers of Year

Division & High School Teacher of the Year

Alisa Smith
Alisa SmithJamestown

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I am a Spanish teacher at Jamestown High School. I was inspired to become a teacher by my mother who taught Special Education for over 30 years. I attended the College of William as an undergrad and then the University of Virginia for a masters. My husband and I fell in love with Williamsburg so we moved here to raise our family. We have 5 children, all of whom attend WJCC schools. I have truly enjoyed becoming part of the Williamsburg family by volunteering with various community organizations and through my role as a teacher. I am inspired everyday by the amazing students and educators in our WJCC schools.

Elementary School
Teacher of the Year

Susie McFatridge
Susie McFatridgeMatthew Whaley
I have been an educator for 17 years. At the start of my career, I was a secondary teacher in grades 6-12 in the subjects of English, Drama, Journalism, and AP Literature. In 2007, I earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from The College of William & Mary and then became part of the opening staff at Warhill High School. Two years later, I moved to Matthew Whaley Elementary School, which has become my second home. I am married with a 23 year old stepson and an 8 year old son who is also a proud Matthew Whaley Patriot. In my spare time, I teach preschool music classes, tell ghost stories at Colonial Williamsburg, and love to read.

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Middle School
Teacher of the Year

Melissa Chai
Melissa ChaiToano
This is my 15th year of teaching in WJCC Public Schools. I taught English at both the high school and middle school level before becoming certified in Technology Education four years ago. I currently teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade technology courses at Toano Middle School. In my free time, I enjoy reading and playing strategy board games with my husband and three sons.

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Division Rookie
Teacher of the Year

Charles 'Wyatt' Alston
Charles 'Wyatt' AlstonLafayette

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WJCC Rookie Teachers of the Year

  • Emily Hight – Bright Beginnings
  • Amy Chen – Berkeley
  • Gregory Stowers – James Blair
  • Kate Scott Wise – J. Blaine Blayton
  • Sierra Bussell (Illig) – D.J. Montague
  • Nicholas Arendas – Lois S. Hornsby
  • Jenny March – Jamestown
  • Kathryn (Katy) Rodgers – Laurel Lane
  • Timothy Nixon – Matthew Whaley
  • Brian Will – Warhill
Heather Page
Heather PageBright Beginnings
I am an early childhood special education teacher in the Bright Beginnings program. I currently serve students in a blended classroom but have many years of experience in the self-contained setting as well. It is a blast working with my curious, little learners who not only put a smile on my face daily, but also afford me the great privilege of supporting them as they blossom before my eyes. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with the amazing and supportive team at Laurel Lane ES. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. I have a son in high school, a son in middle school, and a daughter in elementary school. When you add my preschool class to the mix, one might say I truly get a good daily sampling of all age groups!
Alison Grygalonis
Alison GrygalonisClara Byrd Baker
I am currently in my 4th year as the Computer Resource Teacher at CBB! Prior to this job, I spent 9 years teaching Kindergarten and 2nd grade in another district. I am a proud graduate of WJCC Public Schools. I went to Berkeley Middle School and graduated from Lafayette High School. I love teaching students all about technology! It is so engaging and relevant to today’s learners! I am an active member of our SHIP running club and manage the social media platforms for our school. When I am not teaching at Clara Byrd Baker, I love to teach on the online platform VIPKID, attend Orangetheory classes, spend time with my family and my dog Lucy, and compete in local races. I am so honored to have been selected as Teacher of the Year for Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School.
Glenn Roettinger
Glenn RoettingerD.J. Montague
I am originally from Long Island, New York and have been part of the WJCC family since 1997. I started my career as a fifth grade teacher at Laurel Lane. In 2016, I moved to D.J. Montague and became a third grade teacher. Presently, I am the building’s math specialist. I love teaching mathematics to all the grade levels, as well as building students’ confidence and enjoyment of math. I have been truly blessed with the opportunity to work with amazing educators over the years. When not at school, I enjoy watching hockey and baseball, drawing and spending time with my wife, my daughter and my parents.
Sarah McCormick
Sarah McCormickJ. Blaine Blayton
I am a third grade teacher at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School. I deeply value the relationships with my students and colleagues which makes walking into school each morning an absolute joy. I’m the mom to Quinn, 5 and James, 1, and wife to Ian. I love to read, bake, and am currently writing a children’s book!
Gina Keesee
Gina KeeseeJames River
I am a native of Williamsburg and I have been a part of the WJCC public school system for 16 years, first as a parent and volunteer, then a substitute teacher, and now as a classroom teacher. I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, and my husband and I are true Hokie fans. I returned to school later in life and received my Master of Education from William and Mary. This is my ninth year teaching, and my fourth year teaching kindergarten, which I love. In my spare time, I like to read, exercise, and travel. I especially enjoy spending time with my three children and my husband Mike.
Michaela Garrison
Michaela GarrisonMatoaka
I am a 3rd grade teacher at Matoaka Elementary School. The best part of my job is being able to engage my 3rd graders in fun and creative lessons, while building a strong, positive classroom community. I attended Virginia Tech and then the College of William and Marry. I grew up in small, rural community and love to visit my family’s farm and spend time chasing around my two dogs.
Kristy Haight
Kristy HaightLaurel Lane
This is my 8th year as a Library Media Specialist, 5 of which have been at Laurel Lane Elementary. Before getting my master’s degree in library science, I was an elementary classroom teacher for 13 years. My love of teaching with great books and technology inspired my move to the role of Media Specialist. With over 20 years in education, I love spending my days working with students of all ages. When not at school, I can be found spending time with my husband and 3 college kids, burning calories at boot camp, and (of course) reading.
Erin Darcy
Erin DarcyNorge
I am in my 21st year of teaching, with this being my 14th year at Norge. I love being a roadrunner! I have taught first, third, and fourth grade. My favorite part of my job is connecting with students and their families. I have been married to my husband, Kevin for 26 years and we have 3 grown daughters and we are expecting 2 granddaughters this June! If I’m not busy with school, family, or church I like to play with our dogs, run, and garden.
LeAnne Boyer
LeAnne BoyerStonehouse
Teaching has always been a great passion of mine. After I graduated from Longwood University in 1997, I worked with students in an alternative school setting for 10 years. I took time off to start my family and have two wonderful children who now attend WJCC schools. In the last 4 years, I joined the Stonehouse Elementary Sea Star family as a member of their 4th grade team. As an inclusion teacher at Stonehouse, I feel so fortunate to be a part of each of my students’ lives and work with exceptional colleagues. I love traveling and making memories with my husband, Jeff, and our children, Ava and Reid.
Shandra Dunn
Shandra DunnBerkeley
I was very excited to join WJCC schools in December of 1990 as a fifth grade teacher at Matthew Whaley. In 1996, I became a part of the awesome staff of Berkeley Middle School. I have enjoyed helping sixth grade students make the transition to middle school for the past 23 years. I am currently in my first full year as a seventh grade life science teacher. My personal goal is to develop engaging lessons that will entice my students to pursue careers in science.
Ashley Miller
Ashley MillerJames Blair
I am an English as a Second Language teacher at James Blair Middle School. I work with English Learner students in grades 6 through 8, and love how each day is a new adventure. My goal has always been to bridge the divide between school and home for our diverse English Learner students. I strive to create a school environment which supports cultural awareness and to engage our EL families to be active participants in their student’s education. I am also passionate about coaching and sport. I am the Girls Basketball Coach at Blair, as well as the S.H.I.P. Wellness Leader and soccer club sponsor. Outside of school, I enjoy watching sporting events and spending time with my husband, Ben, our son, Jack, and two daughters, Camden and Ryann.
Evan Pfeiffer
Evan PfeifferLois S. Hornsby
I am an 8th grade civics & economics teacher at Hornsby Middle School. I was adopted from South Korea as a baby and grew up in Alexandria, VA. After graduating from William & Mary, I was proud to begin my career at HMS, where I completed my student teaching. What I love most about teaching is building positive relationships with my students and pushing them to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, Mary, playing board games, watching movies, cooking, playing tennis, and teaching violin.
Jennifer Marzana
Jennifer MarzanaLafayette
I am an English as a Second Language teacher at Lafayette High School. I graduated from the University of Virginia and earned my TESOL certificate from Regent University. I am continually amazed by the strength, resolve, and resiliency of my students who are beginning a new life in the United States.
Robyn Silver
Robyn SilverWarhill
I am from Western NY, Go Bills! I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree in literacy from St. John Fisher College, both in NY. I have been teaching in Virginia since 2011; I started in middle school and moved up to Warhill high school in 2014. I spend my free time building Desmos activities, reading, doing puzzles, and relaxing with my husband and bulldog.