Teachers of the Year were recognized at the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board. In order to be nominated for this honor, teachers must meet the following criteria: should inspire the love of learning in all students, be concerned for individual students, display ability and willingness to work cooperatively with fellow professionals, work effectively with the community, remain abreast of current educational theories and practices, be willing and able to make contributions to the field of education, and have demonstrated innovative practices.
The Teacher of the Year for Cumberland Elementary School (CES) was Rachel Lynn Price. Mrs. Price has been a teacher at Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) for 15 years. She currently teaches fourth grade science and stated that “Becoming a teacher was as natural as breathing.” According to Mrs. Virginia Gills, CES principal, Mrs. Price is an exemplary educator who is well respected and appreciated by her students and her colleagues. This is Mrs. Price’s second Teacher of the Year school-level acknowledgement.
The Teacher of the Year for Cumberland Middle School (CMS) was Mrs. Devonna Blevins-Marble. She is in her second year as a teacher at CMS, where she teaches eighth grade English. She taught previously at a neighboring county and is very active in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Education Association. Mr. Jeffrey Dingeldein, CMS principal, noted that she avidly attends professional development opportunities to hone her craft and that she does her best to provide a safe, secure learning environment where her students can grow.
The Teacher of the Year for Cumberland High School (CHS) was Mrs. Myrna Barr, who has been a Spanish teacher at CUCPS since the 2008-2009 school year. Mrs. Barr teaches students at both CHS and CMS, and she says, “Teaching in the 21st Century is a challenge like no other. Pedagogy today is complicated. It involves more than just getting in front of the class and lecturing and assuming that students understand.” This year she integrated STEM activities into foreign language classes and took students on a trip to Puerto Rico over spring break.
Mrs. Rachel Price was selected to be the Division Teacher of the Year for 2015. She will represent Cumberland in the regional Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year competition.
Top: Mrs. Rachel Price was named the Division Teacher of the Year for Cumberland County Public Schools.
Bottom: Mrs. Myrna Barr, CHS Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Devonna Blevins-Marble, CMS Teacher of the Year, were recognized at the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board.
Melvin Adams, former Harlem Globetrotter will speak on June 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the high school gym.