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Park View educator is 2017 Teacher of the Year

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Teachers of the year for MCPS are, from left, Shirley Madison, Kathryn Jackson, Stacy Newell and Tiffany Lynch (not pictured Marta Gonzalez-Hipps, Catherine Hite, Katie Duffer, and Ray Cherry)
SoVaNow.com / May 17, 2017
The Mecklenburg County School Board recognized the division’s outstanding educators Monday night, at the start of their regular monthly meeting. This year’s teacher of the year from Mecklenburg County is Tiffany Lynch from Park View High School.

Lynch is in her 10th year teaching 11th grade general English at the school.

Every year one teacher is selected from each school within the division who embodies the qualities of an outstanding teacher: one who creates a school culture of respect and success with students, colleagues and parents, promotes lifelong learning through leadership and innovation and expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way. From those eight teachers, one is selected, through an interview process to represent the division in the regional Teacher of the Year competition.

The other teachers selected this year were: Marta Gonzalez-Hipps, a music teacher with 39 years of experience from Chase City Elementary School; Shirley Madison, a fourth grade math teacher with 40 years of experience from Clarksville Elementary School; Stacy Newell, a fifth grade math teacher with 10 years of experience from LaCrosse Elementary School; Catherine Hite, a music teacher with 16 years of experience from South Hill Elementary School; Katie Duffer, a language arts teacher with 17 years of experience from Bluestone Middle School; Ray Cherry, an art teacher with 22 years of experience from Park View Middle School; and Kathryn Jackson, a dual enrollment history teacher with five years of experience from Bluestone High School.

Introducing them, Nan Alga, the director of personnel for the school division, said collectively these teachers represent nearly 160 years of teaching excellence.

The recognition program is part of the National Teacher of the Year program begun in 1952. It is the oldest, and considered by educators to be the most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each spring, the National Teacher of the Year is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.

Over the years, Mecklenburg County had one teacher named regional teacher of the year, but none selected at the state level. In 2012, Rachel Johnson, the Title I reading and math teacher at LaCrosse Elementary School, was one of eight teachers in Virginia, and the first from Mecklenburg County, to be named a Virginia Regional Teacher of the Year. She also competed with the seven other regional finalists for Virginia Teacher of the Year honors. That year, Margaret Smith of Region 5 Lynchburg was named Virginia Teacher of the Year.

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