Why We Teach: Share the Passion of Our Teacher of the Year Nominees

Over the past four weeks, we’ve shared profiles of teachers who were nominated as their school’s Teacher of the Year. Learn what inspires them to teach in their own words. Congratulations to all our ACPS Teacher of the Year nominees!

Read the Teacher of the Year nominee profiles:

Group One:

  • Lisa Bryson, Mount Vernon Community School
  • Dr. Lauren Herr, Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology
  • Anthony Jackson, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School
  • Zachary McBride, Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center

Group Two:

  • Kara Cashwell, Charles Barrett Elementary School
  • Marci El-Baba, George Mason Elementary School
  • Meredith Forbes, Matthew Maury Elementary School
  • Laura Murphy, Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy

Group 3:

  • Kellie Haley, William Ramsay Elementary School
  • Damian Johnson, John Adams Elementary School
  • Monica Koski, Samuel Tucker Elementary School
  • Laura Simons, T.C. Williams High School

Group 4:

  • Rachel Bhatia, Patrick Henry Elementary School
  • Jessica Fundalinski, George Washington Middle School
  • Katie Kaplewicz, Jefferson-Houston K-8 School
  • Stephen Neeley, James K. Polk Elementary School
  • Hazel Petty, Francis C. Hammond Middle School

Congratulations to the ACPS Teacher of the Year: T.C. Williams AP Physics Teacher Laura Simons, and Principal of the Year: George Washington Middle School’s Jesse Mazur.

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