Saturday, January 22, 2022

Get Schooled: WJCC, York Schools Announce Teachers of the Year

Get Schooled IanWilliamsburg-James City County Schools and the York County School Division have selected the teachers of the year for the 2014-15 school year.

The 32 teachers were selected by their peers for their demonstrated hard work and leadership in their school communities.

In the coming weeks, the two school divisions will select division-wide teachers of the year for each school level, and one teacher of the year for the division.

The 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year for WJCC are:


  • Amy Mason, pre-school, Bright Beginnings
  • Becky Ketter, fourth grade, Clara Byrd Baker
  • Marion Gilchrist, speech language pathologist, D.J. Montague
  • Cathy Weston, third grade, J. Blaine Blayton
  • Rachael Persinger, fourth grade, James River
  • Wendy Lucy, reading specialist, Mathew Whaley
  • Tama Ferrara, third grade, Matoaka
  • Carol Kendall, fifth grade, Norge
  • Wanda Rodriguez, special education, Rawls Byrd
  • Renaye Roberts, fifth grade, Stonehouse


  • Kim Marshall, math, Berkeley
  • Jennifer Brooks, English, Lois S. Hornsby
  • Nancy Tatum, instructional technology/resource teacher, Toano


  • Courtney Gonzalez-Vego, science, Jamestown
  • Melissa Von Poks, math, Lafayette
  • Candace Schafer-Southard, social studies, Warhill

The 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year for YCSD are:


  • Kelly Prats, librarian, Bethel Manor
  • Maria Berry, second grade, Coventry
  • LaTrese Coates, guidance counselor, Dare
  • Carol Bauer, fourth grade, Grafton Bethel
  • Jayne Taylor, fifth grade, Magruder
  • Michelle Challis, special education, Mt. Vernon
  • Kristy Haight, librarian, Seaford
  • Kathryn Burr, reading, Tabb
  • Karen Neal-Shafer, first grade, Waller Mill
  • Laura Glaze, kindergarten, Yorktown


  • Andrea Mouton, math, Grafton
  • Gina Waddell, social studies, Queens Lake
  • William Howard, criminal justice/forensic science, Tabb
  • Steven Gregorin, math, Yorktown


  • Tori Otstot, English, Bruton
  • Adam Seltzer, engineering, Grafton
  • Adrianne McKinney, social studies, Tabb
  • Ryan Hagerty, social studies, York


Local Private Schools Stage Spring Musicals

Courtesy Williamsburg Christian Academy
Courtesy Williamsburg Christian Academy

Spring theater season is underway at Williamsburg Christian Academy and Hampton Roads Academy.

WCA is putting on Once Upon a Time: A Cinderella Story on March 6 and 7. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 6 and 6 p.m. March 7, along with a 1 p.m. matinee March 7.

The show includes a dinner portion. Tickets are $15 for the show only and $25 for dinner and the performance. Additional information can be found on the school’s website.

HRA is staging a performance of Little Women: The Musical, a 2005 musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. The show runs March 6 and 7 and 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee March 15. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. All ticket sales will be conducted at the door.

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  1. We’re so proud of our granddaughter, Tori Otstot, being named Teacher of the Year. Tori is a very self-motivated young woman. When employed in my KOA Kampground front desk position in her early teens, she was up at 5:30 in order to be ready to be picked up by me at 6:50 a.m. The rest of her family were still asleep, as their schedules started later. She continued working summers for me, and for the next owner through high school and some college years. I knew she would do well in her chosen profession. Congratulations, “Mrs. Otstot.”


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