Andrea Carson Johnson, a 12th grade English teacher at Salem High School, has been selected as the 2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Johnson is one of eight Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year for 2020, nominated by school divisions in each of the state’s superintendent’s regions. She represents Region 6.
“I tell my students that anything worth doing is worth doing well,” said Johnson, “and teaching is perhaps the most important thing worth doing well.”
Johnson, now a veteran teacher with nearly a decade of experience, began her career at Lakeland High in Suffolk. Currently, she teaches at Salem High in Salem, where she has served as the chair of the English department since 2017. Johnson has degrees from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.
For more than two decades the Allen Law Firm has been involved with the Virginia Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes top educators from across the state. On behalf of the firm, attorney and partner R. Clayton Allen presented Johnson with a check for $2,500.
Seven additional 2020 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year were also honored at the event, including:
- Region 1 winner, Gregory Patrick Lyndaker, an Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Psychology teacher at Henrico High in Henrico County;
- Region 2 winner, Rachel Kathryn Thompson, an International Baccalaureate World Language Spanish and Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar teacher at Princess Anne High in Virginia Beach;
- Region 3 winner, Latasha Marlene Lee, a choral music teacher at Northumberland Middle and Northumberland High in Northumberland County;
- Region 4 winner, Jennifer Renee Rodgers, an Advanced Placement United States and Comparative Government and Politics, Academic Government, Modern International Relations, and Global Social Issues teacher at Dominion High in Loudoun County;
- Region 5 winner, Amy Marie Mallow, a second-grade teacher at Huddleston Elementary in Bedford County;
- Region 7 winner, Sarah Lea Deel, a science teacher at Marion Senior High in Smyth County; and
- Region 8 winner, Michelle Rae Howell, a special education teacher at LaCrosse Elementary in Mecklenburg County.
The 2020 National Teacher of the Year will be announced next spring at a White House ceremony.