Through a division-wide vote and a nomination process that involved Louisa County Public Schools students, staff and community members, six certified employees and seven classified employees have been honored for their excellent work.
The certified group of employees are now in the running for the illustrious William G. Thomas Educator of the Year award. The award is named after Dr. William G. Thomas, who served as superintendent of LCPS for 11 years.
The seven classified winners are now finalists for the newly christened Chuck L. Tingler Most Valuable Player of the Year award. The award honors the legacy of longtime Louisa Education Foundation member Chuck L. Tingler, who passed away in 2017. Tingler also tremendously assisted the Louisa County community through his philanthropic efforts while serving as chairman of the board for the William A. Cooke Foundation and William A. Cooke Inc. Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, all 13 winners have repeatedly received nominations crediting them for displaying the TeamLCPS non-negotiables: support, high expectations, accountability, consistency, positivity and grit.
“It is a privilege for us each year to honor the best of the best here at Louisa County Public Schools,” superintendent Doug Straley said. “When we announced our winners, there was such a sense of enthusiasm and support from our students, staff, and the Louisa community. That shows the team atmosphere we have here. It’s really unique and uplifting.”
As part of the process’s annual tradition, Straley personally delivered the good news to all 13 of the division’s winners.
Below are more details about the winners:
The TeamLCPS MVP of the Year for Central Office and Operations is Joy Henson. Henson works as the receptionist at the school division’s central office.
The Educator of the Year for Jouett Elementary School is first-grade teacher Shelly Wright. The TeamLCPS MVP of the Year for Jouett Elementary School is technology specialist Chap Johnson.
Moss-Nuckols Elementary School’s Educator of the Year is third-grade teacher Shane Wilson. The TeamLCPS MVP of the Year for Moss-Nuckols Elementary School is cafeteria manager Cheryl Seay.
The Educator of the Year for Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is kindergarten teacher Colleen Moore. Tina Lesser, an instructional assistant, is the TeamLCPS MVP of the Year for Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
Second-grade teacher Hannah Anderson is the Educator of the Year for Trevilians Elementary School, while Crystal Robinson, instructional assistant, is the TeamLCPS MVP of the Year for that school.
The Educator of the Year for Louisa County Middle School is special education teacher Doreen Kaiser, and Custodian Myron Thurston is the TeamLCPS MVP of the Year for Louisa County Middle School.
Louisa County High School physical education teacher Jennifer Thorpe is the Educator of the Year, and Buddy Jones is the high school’s TeamLCPS MVP of the Year. Jones serves as the school’s front desk monitor, as well as a bus driver for the schools’ transportation department.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s April 11, 2019 issue.