2016 SCPS Division Teacher of the Year 
  and Virginia Region 3 Teacher of the Year
Carolyn Kleinert, Spanish Teacher at Freedom Middle School 
Carolyn Kleinert  

“I strive to be a teacher who meets students where they are and pulls the

best out of each one.  We are constantly pushing the limits of what
students think they can or even want to do!”
2016 SCPS Teachers of the Year 
Elementary Schools

Battlefield ES - Stacy Hammer, Librarian

Berkeley ES - Rebecca Eastman, 1st Grade Teacher

Brock Road ES - Abigail Johnson, Special Education Teacher

Cedar Forest ES - Pam Perkins, 4th Grade Teacher

Chancellor ES - Christie Trotta, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Courthouse Road ES - Gretchen Stott, 4th Grade Teacher

Courtland ES - Meredith Stalker, Art Teacher

Harrison Road ES - Sheryl Brown, Kindergarten Teacher

Lee Hill ES - Angela Cartwright, 2nd Grade Teacher

Livingston ES - Katherine Hayden, 1st Grade Teacher

Parkside ES - Tammy Harper, 4th Grade Teacher

Riverview ES - Christopher Andrews, 5th Grade Teacher

Robert E Lee ES - Matthew McFadden, 4th Grade Teacher

Salem ES - Joyce Poutier, 4th Grade Teacher

Smith Station ES - Maria Norford, Music Teacher

Spotswood ES - Casey Reding, 5th Grade Teacher

Wilderness ES - Tiffany Smith, 4th Grade Teacher

Middle Schools

Battlefield MS - Diane Williams, 6th Grade Math Teacher

Chancellor MS - Melissa Garland, 8th Grade Math Teacher

Ni River MS - Daniel Wagoner, Social Studies Teacher

Post Oak MS - Toni Madison, 7th Grade Teacher

Spotsylvania MS - Leigh Perret-Dowd, French Teacher

Thornburg MS - Sharon Holcombe, 6th Grade Math Teacher


High Schools

Chancellor HS - Ryan Addair, Band Teacher

Courtland HS - Robin Adams, Math Teacher

Massaponax HS - Julianne Scheel, Social Studies Teacher

Riverbend HS - Gerald Mann, Art Teacher

Spotsylvania HS - Brian Jacobs, Band Teacher

Spotsylvania CTC - Lori Patterson, Cosmetology Teacher


 Auxiliary Site

John J Wright Educational & Cultural Center – Kendra Alling, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher


Each year, Spotsylvania County Public Schools participates in the Teacher of the Year program coordinated statewide through the Virginia Department of Education. All public and accredited nonpublic schools are able to participate in the Virginia Teacher of the Year Program to honor teachers who represent the best in teaching in Spotsylvania County Public Schools, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and across the nation. For more than 40 years, Virginia has participated in the National Teacher of the Year Program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The program is open to all teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who possess a current, renewable Virginia teaching license, including school librarians, guidance counselors, and reading specialists. The Human Resources Department coordinates this process with our site principals. From this group of nominees, the Division Teacher of the Year is selected. In the spring, we announce and recognize the New Teachers of the Year from the elementary, middle, and high schools levels, and the Mentor Teachers of the Year from elementary, middle, and high school.