Smithfield Middle School—Beverly Burke
**Isle of Wight County Schools Teacher of the Year**
**Middle School Teacher of the Year**
Beverly Burke is a dedicated seventh grade math teacher at Smithfield Middle School and in her twenty second year of teaching, all at the middle school level. She is a product of Isle of Wight County Schools and a graduate of Christopher Newport University. Her classroom encourages collaboration and critical thinking through hands-on activities which make math more relevant and engaging so every student can find success. She is always available to share ideas and help other math teachers in her building in order to make sure all students receive a strong math foundation. In addition to teaching math, she plays an active role on the school’s Leadership Team and volunteers many hours as the Junior Beta Club sponsor. Mrs. Burke lives in Isle of Wight County with her husband and two daughters who are students in the division. In her spare time, she can be found on the soccer fields with her girls, walking her dogs with her husband, or relaxing by reading or watching a movie.
Carrollton Elementary School—Kristy Vukmanic
**Elementary School Teacher of the Year**
Kristy Vukmanic is in her second year as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teacher at Carrollton Elementary School. Before coming to CAES, she spent twelve years as a second and third grade classroom teacher. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from VCU. As Carrollton Elementary’s first STEM teacher, Mrs. Vukmanic enjoys the rewards that come with creating a new resource program. She encourages students to solve problems using their own ideas while collaborating with each other. Whether their solution is a success or not, they always learn from their attempts. Mrs. Vukmanic is excited to be doing what she loves and working with students on their unique educational journey.
Carrsville Elementary School—Cherie’ Karmilovich
Cherie’ Karmilovich grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Trenton State College with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. She is in her twenty-ninth year of teaching, and previously taught in New Jersey, Southampton County, and Franklin City before joining Carrsville Elementary three years ago as a preschool teacher. She loves making her class fun through writing, cooking, and hands-on activities and fosters learning through play, music, and movement. You may often find her dressed up in some crazy costume illustrating the letter of the week. She wants kids to be excited about learning and eager to come to school. Mrs. Karmilovich lives in Franklin with her three children. Two attend William & Mary while her youngest is in eighth grade at Georgie Tyler Middle School in Windsor. When “Ms. K” isn’t teaching, she loves spending time with her family.
Hardy Elementary School—Sharon Hansley
Sharon Hansley is a Kindergarten teacher at Hardy Elementary, where she began her teaching career twenty-nine years ago. She grew up in Isle of Wight County and graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She is passionate about teaching Kindergarten at Hardy. Mrs. Hansley enjoys watching her students become risk takers, problem solvers and leaders as they overcome difficult challenges. Her goal for each student is to develop a love of learning that they will carry with them the rest of their life. Her husband is a physical education teacher, and her two children attend school in Isle of Wight County.
Westside Elementary School—Ronald Bailey
Ronald Bailey began his twenty-nine year teaching career at Hardy Elementary School and has spent the last thirteen years at Westside where he currently teaches fifth grade. He is a native of Smithfield and a graduate of Isle of Wight County Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Troy State University. Mr. Bailey loves working with children and seeing their eyes light up when they grasp a concept they have been struggling with in class. He provides a supportive environment and encourages his students to face new challenges and adventures with grit and determination. He has been involved in numerous school-based leadership activities, including serving on the Westside school culture committee and the Westside PTA Executive Board. He is also a member of the professional organizations IWEA, VEA and NEA.
Windsor Elementary School—Elizabeth Littlefield
Elizabeth Littlefield is in her tenth year as a fifth grade teacher at Windsor Elementary School. She has also served as a teacher for the Tidewater Regional Governor’s School summer program for the last seven years. She earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University and her Gifted Endorsement from James Madison University. She believes developing caring relationships with students helps them to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Each day she challenges her students to think critically so they can reach their individual potential. Ms. Littlefield lives in Carrsville with her children, all of whom have attended Isle of Wight County Schools.
Windsor High School—Maggie Campbell Halstead
**High School Teacher of the Year**
Margaret “Maggie” Halstead was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and received her teaching license from Old Dominion University. She is in her third year teaching History and Government at Windsor High School. She has five years of experience as a high school volleyball coach and currently serves as the Varsity Head Coach for the Dukes. In 2016, Mrs. Halstead was named the Volleyball Conference Coach of the Year. During the summer, she enjoys working as a substitute teacher with the Horizons Hampton Roads organization. She lives in Hampton with her husband, Jeff.
Smithfield High School—Alyssa Kowalski Canady
Alyssa Canady has been teaching art for five years, all at Smithfield High School. Her passion for art inspires students to explore and grow as artists. She strives to keep her classroom an inviting environment, allowing students to freely express and create through their own styles of art. She believes in the importance of teamwork, often collaborating with her colleagues to create meaningful projects for the students, as well as encouraging her own students to work together in class to create a sense of community in the art room.