Kathryn B. Galford of Chesapeake was named the 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year in an evening reception on Friday, October 12, 2012 in Richmond, VA. She was recognized along with seven other 2013 Regional Teachers of the Year from across the state. Kathryn Galford is a sixth grade English teacher at Greenbrier Middle School. She will also be Virginia’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year program by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
A veteran teacher of 23 years, she earned a bachelor’s degree in middle school education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing a teaching endorsement in gifted education through the University of Virginia.
The Virginia Teacher of the Year program is dedicated to recognizing top educators from across the Commonwealth and Allen & Allen has been involved with the program for over 10 years. At the reception, Richmond personal injury attorney R. Clayton Allen presented Kathryn with a check for $2500 on behalf of the Allen Law Firm. Melinda South, also an attorney with the Virginia personal injury law firm, serves on the Selection Committee.
The Selection Panel reviews portfolios of eight candidates nominated by the state’s administrative regions – which highlight their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities. Galford was selected after being interviewed by a committee that included representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community and 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year Meg Smith of Lynchburg Public Schools.
The 2013 Regional Teachers of the Year announced are as follows:
- Paul Frederick Daszkiewicz, an Algebra II, probability/statistics and pre-calculus teacher at Meadowbrook High in Chesterfield County (Region 1)
- Kathryn B. Galford, a sixth-grade English teacher at Greenbrier Middle in Chesapeake (Region 2)
- Suzanne M. Sherman, a second-grade teacher at Cool Spring Primary School in King William County (Region 3)
- Lydia L. Stewart, a special education teacher of students with moderate intellectual disabilities at Osbourn Park High in Prince William County (Region 4)
- David W. Webb Jr., an instrumental music educator teaching band and Advanced Placement music theory at Jefferson Forest High in Bedford County (Region 5)
- Tracey L. Nielsen, a special education teacher of deaf and hard of hearing pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Virginia Heights Elementary in Roanoke (Region 6)
- Steven P. Ahn, a biology, earth and space science teacher at Abingdon High in Washington County (Region 7)
- Cynthia R. Whitaker, a sixth-grade mathematics teacher at Edward W. Wyatt Middle in Greensville County (Region 8)