Congratulations, Teachers of the Year!

Teacher of the Year

Rachel Burgett

Bearing balloons, flowers, cakes and the element of surprise during national Teacher Appreciation Week, Chesterfield County Public Schools leaders swooped into three schools today to name the school system’s top Teachers of the Year.

  • Rachel Burgett is Chesterfield’s Teacher of the Year, as well as Chesterfield’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She teaches art at Greenfield Elementary. Burgett joined Chesterfield County Public Schools in 2011 as a long-term substitute teacher and moved into her current position in 2013. Previously, she coordinated and taught youth and family art programs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Burgett earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design and a bachelor of fine arts degree in art education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Teacher of the Year

    Teresa Hockenberry

    Teresa Hockenberry is Chesterfield’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. She is the library media specialist at Tomahawk Creek Middle. She began her education career in Arkansas in 1984, first taught in Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1986 and in 2008 moved into her current position. Hockenberry earned her bachelor’s degree from Harding University, then earned a library media degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Renee Serrao is Chesterfield’s High School Teacher of the Year. She teaches social studies at Cosby High, specifically U.S. and Virginia government and Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics. Serrao joined Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1992 and has been part of the Cosby High faculty since 2007. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.
Teacher of the Year

Renee Serrao

In letters to the Teachers of the Year, Superintendent Marcus Newsome wrote, “Teaching is a collaborative profession — consulting with colleagues, sharing ideas with administrators and partnering with parents. Teaching and teamwork have more in common than just the first three letters of each word. But in every school and at every level, certain teachers stand out. These teachers demonstrate care and compassion, stress the importance of rigor and relationships and do the extra things necessary to help move our students toward success.”

Annually, every Chesterfield County school selects a Teacher of the Year. Chesterfield County Public Schools selects from those honorees an Elementary School Teacher of the Year, a Middle School Teacher of the Year and a High School Teacher of the Year, then chooses the countywide Teacher of the Year from those three honorees. The next step is submitting Burgett’s nomination to the Virginia Department of Education, which will select eight regional Teachers of the Year from across the state, then will choose the Virginia Teacher of the Year from the eight regional winners.

Here are the Teachers of the Year from Chesterfield County Public Schools:

Elementary schools

Rachel Burgett is Chesterfield’s Teacher of the Year, Chesterfield’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Greenfield Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.

Bellwood Elementary — Kristal Zink

Bensley Elementary — Laura Schultze

Beulah Elementary — Jill Baskerville

Bon Air Elementary — Pamela Kobza

Chalkley Elementary — Ellie Gillette

Marguerite Christian Elementary — Terri Davis

Clover Hill Elementary — Teena Stuller

Crenshaw Elementary — Elizabeth O’Meara

Crestwood Elementary — Sarah Creamer

Curtis Elementary — Erin Medlin

Davis Elementary — Keasha Hunt

Ecoff Elementary — Gwen Heningburg

Enon Elementary — Rebecca Liggitt

Ettrick Elementary — Heather Menzel

Evergreen Elementary — Alison Sheppard

Falling Creek Elementary — Shannon Corbett

Gates Elementary — Kara Collins

Gordon Elementary — Sandy Albert

Grange Hall Elementary — Ruth Palczynski

Greenfield Elementary — Rachel Burgett

Harrowgate Elementary — Traci Link

Hening Elementary — Lynda McCarty

Hopkins Elementary — Amanda Hayes

Jacobs Road Elementary — Amanda Rodes

Matoaca Elementary — Katelyn Brophy

Providence Elementary — Joanna Fincher

Reams Road Elementary — Olivia Ngugi

Robious Elementary — Ann Noack

Salem Church Elementary — Meghan Tarabay

Elizabeth Scott Elementary — Michelle Kessler-Dillard

Alberta Smith Elementary — Beth Davis

Spring Run Elementary — Charmaine Sowers

Swift Creek Elementary — Karole Parynik

Watkins Elementary — Kimberly Sheehan

Bettie Weaver Elementary — Liza Becker

Wells Elementary — Hillary Florstedt

Winterpock Elementary — Maranda Fontana

Woolridge Elementary — Jennifer Cousins

 

Middle schools

Teresa Hockenberry is Chesterfield’s Middle School Teacher of the Year and Tomahawk Creek Middle’s Teacher of the Year.

Bailey Bridge Middle — Megan Forbes

Carver Middle — Laura Kiser

Elizabeth Davis Middle — Debra Graves

Falling Creek Middle — Thomas Monroe

Manchester Middle — Christi Gibson

Matoaca Middle — Nina Greene

Midlothian Middle — Noelle Hunt

Providence Middle — Sandra Judge-Harden

Robious Middle — Katherine Burdette

Salem Church Middle — Kristin Dougherty

Swift Creek Middle — Mary Helen King

Tomahawk Creek Middle — Teresa Hockenberry

 

High schools

Renee Serrao is Chesterfield’s High School Teacher of the Year and Cosby High’s Teacher of the Year.

Bird High — Keisha Hailstock

Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse — Melonie Clark

Career and Technical Center @ Hull — Karen Johnson

Carver College and Career Academy — Bruce Peterson

Clover Hill High — Rebekah Amato

Cosby High — Renee Serrao

Thomas Dale High — Amanda Booth

James River High — Mallory Strittmatter

Manchester High — Eric Pioch

Matoaca High — Nathan Hoback

Meadowbrook High — Leroy Hughes

Midlothian High — David Wilson

Monacan High — Emily Bailey

 
 

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