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Teachers of the Year

Congratulations 2022-23 Teachers of the Year!

Charlottesville City Schools is proud to participate in Virginia’s Mary V. Bicouvaris Teacher of the Year program!  Each school recognizes a Teacher of the Year, and one of these outstanding educators will be recognized as the Charlottesville City Teacher of the Year representing the division at the regional and national levels.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Burnley-Moran Elementary: Joan Evans
  • Clark Elementary School: Caitlin Natale
  • Greenbrier Elementary School: Sarah Scavone
  • Jackson-Via Elementary School: Heather Grunden
  • Johnson Elementary: Kristi Hartwell
  • Venable Elementary School: Sharlene Abney Chang
  • Walker Upper Elementary School: Amy Wissekerke
  • Buford Middle School: Patricia Luke
  • Charlottesville High School: Pamela Brown
  • Lugo-McGinness Academy: Samantha Woodall

Our division Teacher of the Year is Venable’s Sharlene Abney Chang. Ms. Abney Chang will now move on to the regional competition. 

What makes a Teacher of the Year?

Exhibits mastery of content knowledge and employs engaging creative instructional practices in the classroom and education in general.

  • Maintains an active and meaningful role in their school and Charlottesville City communities
  • Has earned the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.
  • May have distinguished themselves as leaders in public education at the local, regional, and/or state levels.

The Virginia Teacher of the Year program is separate from the Golden Apple Award for Charlottesville and Albemarle. Click here to learn about the Golden Apples.

Teacher of the Year Sharlene Abney Chang

Charlottesville Schools Teacher of the Year Sharlene Abney Chang, center, with School Board vice chair Dom Morse, left, and Chair James Bryant, right.