Hardy Elementary School—Linda Henk
**Isle of Wight County Schools Teacher of the Year**
**Elementary Teacher of the Year**
Linda Henk has been teaching for fourteen years, spending her last three years at Hardy Elementary where she teaches Kindergarten. She believes her role as an educator is to help children become respectful, responsible and kind as they develop a love of learning. Mrs. Henk always sees the good in each child she works with. She wants them to feel that school is a safe, loving place to grow and learn. Her goal is to make every student feel valued, because people never forget how someone made them feel. Mrs. Henk lives in Smithfield with her husband and three daughters. She also serves a Girl Scout leader and a Sunday school teacher in her church.
Carrollton Elementary School—Edith Scott
After working in business for six years and then staying at home with her children for eight years, Edith Scott followed her dream of becoming a teacher and began her teaching career teaching first grade in Franklin, VA. While in Franklin, she earned the title of Teacher of the Year for S.P. Morton Elementary School and Teacher of the Year for Franklin City Public Schools. This is her third year at Carrollton Elementary School, where she teaches second grade. She believes that it is important to provide all students with engaging and challenging activities that help them grow both academically and socially and to instill values that promote lifelong learning. Mrs. Scott grew up in Carrsville and currently lives in Windsor with her husband, two children, and chocolate lab.
Carrsville Elementary School—Rebecca Cox
Rebecca Cox has been teaching art at Carrsville Elementary for eight years. She earned her teaching certificate through a career changer program and taught for four years in South Carolina before moving back home to Virginia. Rebecca comes from a family of teachers--her mom was an art teacher herself! Rebecca hopes to foster an appreciation for art in her students, as well as provide a safe place for them to explore a variety of art forms and techniques. Rebecca and her husband live in Carrollton with their two children.
Westside Elementary School—Stacey CaterboneStacey Caterbone is a fifth grade Special Education teacher at Westside Elementary. She was a career switcher and received her teaching license through Old Dominion University. Mrs. Caterbone is in her fifteenth year of teaching and her twelfth year as a special educator at Westside. She has been a Language Arts co-teacher for the past six years. Mrs. Caterbone enjoys making learning fun. She believes that students need movement throughout the class period, as well as the use of hands-on manipulatives and games to understand concepts. She supports giving students the ability to show their creativity through projects.
Windsor Elementary School—Judy Stull
Judy Stull is in her eighth year for Isle of Wight County Schools and currently teaches fifth grade at Windsor Elementary School. During her thirty year career, she has served in various leadership and advisory positions including Lead Teacher, Mathematics Instructional Leader, and a BEAMS Teacher for Jefferson Laboratories in Newport News, VA. She has been an honored and privileged to work with so many wonderful families, students, colleagues and administrators during her career. Mrs. Stull lives in Carrollton with her husband Tim of 28 years and their son Brian, who is a junior at Smithfield High School. Their daughter Michaela is currently a sophomore at West Virginia University.
Smithfield Middle School—Ellen Peterson
**Middle School Teacher of the Year**
Ellen Peterson is in her second year of teaching seventh grade Life Science at Smithfield Middle School. She spent her first nine years in Isle of Wight County as a sixth grade science teacher at Westside Elementary School. Mrs. Peterson’s classroom is always an adventure as students build, experiment, hypothesize, plan, test, and re-design their way through problems and projects. Ultimately, she wants students to discover concepts for themselves and encourages their confidence in their own abilities. Mrs. Peterson, her husband, Byron, and daughter, Brianna, a senior at Smithfield High School enjoy traveling together as often as possible.
Georgie Tyler Middle School—Jessica Travis
Jessica Travis is the library media specialist at Georgie Tyler Middle School, She began her career in Surry County as a high school English teacher and eventually a library media specialist at L. P. Jackson Middle School. She took on the same position at Windsor Elementary School. Her goal is for all students to become excellent users of ideas and information. She teaches collaboratively through project based learning while implementing technology. She also hopes to inspire each student to enjoy reading and learning for pleasure. Mrs. Travis lives in Wakefield, Virginia on a farm with her husband Scott and son Dylan, who is a student at Windsor Elementary School.
Windsor High School—Cassandra Presson
**High School Teacher of the Year**
Cassandra Presson currently teaches dual enrollment English 12, English 12, and photojournalism at Windsor High School. She has been an English teacher at WHS, her alma mater, since 2004 and the yearbook advisor since 2007. Before coming home to Windsor High School, she worked at Greensville County High School from 1993-1996 and Lakeland High School from 1996-2005.
Smithfield High School—John Hogan
John Hogan currently teaches History at Smithfield High School. He has worked in public education for twenty-three years and with Isle of Wight County Schools for sixteen years as a teacher and as an administrator. He is passionate about teaching history in ways that make the past relevant to his students.