2008-06-18 / Family

School system names 2009 Teacher of the Year

Nicole Winter is the 2009 Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS). Winter, a National Board Certified Teacher, teaches history at Cosby High School, where she also founded and sponsors the Beta Club.

In nominating Winter for the award, Principal Brenda Mayo and Cosby High's other top administrators praised her as a humble leader and an effective teammate. It was noted that all of Winter's students passed their history SOL tests.

Winter has taught at Cosby High since the school opened in September 2006. She taught at Manchester High School from 1992 to 2006. Since 2003, she also has taught online classes through CCPS' Coordinated Studies Department. She is an adjunct faculty member in Virginia Commonwealth University's Clinical Faculty program, and she leads Cosby High's professional learning community focused on Creating Independence Through Student-Owned Strategies, which is a professional development program designed to help every student learn more effectively.

Winter earned her bachelor's degree in history from the College of William and Mary and her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia.

Annually, every county school selects its Teacher of the Year, then a committee chooses the countywide Teacher of the Year from those honorees. CCPS submits its Teacher of the Year nomination to the Virginia Department of Education, which selects eight regional Teachers of the Year, then chooses the Virginia Teacher of the Year from those eight.

Below is a complete list of Chesterfield County's Teachers of the Year for 2009: Elementary schools Bellwood - Kelly Tilton Bensley - Erin Hansard Beulah - Phyllis Maples Bon Air - Sandra Messer Chalkley - Mary Richardson Marguerite Christian - Nancy Janosik Clover Hill - Lorena Cavan Crenshaw - Jacqueline Bates Crestwood - Sharon Doherty Curtis - Ruth Palczynski Davis - Margaret Early Ecoff - Shannon Magne Enon - Debra Lewis Ettrick - Bridget Manuel Evergreen - Jennifer Andrews Falling Creek - Betty Richardson Gates - Samantha McMillian Gordon - Leslie Lenhart Grange Hall - Victoria Hugate Greenfield - Susan Simmons Harrowgate - Cindy Smith Hening - Lynda McCarty Hopkins - Vickie Van Nest Jacobs Road - Elaine Grider Matoaca - Kim Marr Providence - Jessica Keeton Reams Road - Kelly Heffernan Robious - Lesley Diersing Salem Church - Elizabeth Turner Elizabeth Scott - Christina Allen-Roach Alberta Smith - Amy Petin Spring Run - Beth Cario Swift Creek - Cheryl Wiedeman Watkins - Allison Needham Bettie Weaver - Karen Mapp Wells - Jane Burchett Winterpock - Amber Rader Woolridge - Barbara Dilks Middle schools Bailey Bridge - Susan Spaulding Carver - Shawn Ondrish Chester - Deborah Floyd Falling Creek - Michelle Neal Manchester - David Hunt Matoaca - Sandra Robinson Midlothian - Carol Bridgforth Perrymont - Mary Pemberton Providence - Venida Adams Robious - Caroline Kirsh Salem Church - Sheryl Gettis Swift Creek - Peggy Taylor High schools Bird - Sarah Davis Chesterfield Community - Dawn Lentz Chesterfield Technical Center - Nancy Metz Clover Hill - Angela Wood Cosby - Nicole Winter James River - Susan Hester Manchester - Lynn Gilbert Matoaca - Terry Johnson Meadowbrook - Sterling Hawkins Midlothian - Rene Smoots Monacan - MaryAnn Kosut Thomas Dale - Kathy Lehman  

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