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Lynch / September 13, 2017
Tiffany Lynch, an English teacher at Park View High School, is among eight teachers who learned Monday of their selections as Virginia’s Regional Teachers of the Year. Lynch will go on to vie for the honor of Virginia Teacher of the Year, to be named Sept. 18 at a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Lynch was named Teacher of the Year in Region 8, which includes Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols made the announcement to Park View students and faculty at the end of the school’s Patriot Day ceremony on Monday.

Lynch becomes the second teacher from Mecklenburg County in the past six years to earn the title of Regional Teacher of the Year. In 2012, Rachel Johnson, a Title I reading and math teacher at La Crosse Elementary School, became the first teacher in the county to earn the regional award.

Lynch has been with Mecklenburg County Public Schools for 10 years. She currently teaches eleventh grade English at Park View. She’s also taught eighth and tenth grade English and twelfth grade Basic Remediation.

She graduated from Park View High School and Southside Virginia Community College in 1999, having earned an associates degree. She earned a B.A. in English from Peace College in 2002 and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University in 2006.

“In recognizing and honoring these eight teachers, the Commonwealth is learning something their colleagues already know,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe in announcing the eight regional Teachers of the Year. “Each is a leader in public education who goes above and beyond to prepare students for a successful future in our new Virginia economy.”

In addition to Lynch, the seven other 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year are:

» Greenlee B. Naughton, an English teacher at Highland Springs High in Henrico County (Region 1)

» Theresa A. Guthrie Goltermann, a science technology engineering and math (STEM) electives teacher at Tabb Middle in York County (Region 2)

» Sarah M. Adamson-Mair, a kindergarten teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Caroline County (Region 3)

» Michelle Cottrell-Williams, a social studies teacher at Wakefield High in Arlington County (Region 4)

» Russell T. Jennings, an agriculture teacher at Fluvanna County High in Fluvanna County (Region 5)

» Karey A. Henzey, a special education teacher at West Salem Elementary in Salem (Region 6)

» Chrystle M. Gates, a music teacher at Chilhowie Elementary in Smyth County (Region 7)

The teachers were selected from among candidates nominated by school divisions in each of the state’s eight superintendent regions. The candidates submitted portfolios highlighting their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.

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