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Citywide Teacher of the Year

Rebecca A. Gurley

2004 Citywide Teacher of the Year
Region II Teacher of the Year
Rebecca A. Gurley

"I believe that an outstanding teacher helps students to discover their unique talents and abilities and recognize possibilities for the future. An outstanding teacher also teaches students to evaluate themselves and to continuously strive to improve in order to accomplish goals. An outstanding teacher creates a warm and welcoming environment that makes it a pleasure to enter the classroom. Lastly, an outstanding teacher creates the desire for discovery and life-long learning."

Rebecca A. Gurley - Work and Family Studies, Lynnhaven Middle School

Rebecca A. Gurley is a 12-year veteran teacher who has taught at Independence and Lynnhave middle schools. She serves as the chair for her department and has served our school system in many leadership roles. She has served on the VBCPS Citywide Middle School Exploratory Courses Committee; acted as the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Students Taking Action for Recognition (STAR) Events State and National Lead Consultant; served on textbook adoption committees and on numerous Lynnhaven Middle School committees and planning councils. In addition, Ms. Gurley has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Lynnhaven Middle School Distinguished Teacher award for 2000-01, and a 2002 Creating Excellence regional award. She has presented at workshops and conferences providing training on topics such as Creating Career Portfolios and Total Quality Management. Ms. Gurley earned a bachelor of science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979. Following a 10-year career in fashion merchandising, she returned to college and earned her teaching credentials from Norfolk State University in 1990, followed by a master of science degree in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1997.

"Rebecca Gurley's background and track record in education and her dedication to the students of Lynnhaven and the greater body of students in the division is unmatched. Rebecca is truly an ambassador for public education. Through her classes, she has created numerous partnerships with community members from across the city by allowing students to job-shadow for a day in a field of their choosing. This has helped many community and business leaders see the great things going on in our schools."

Rebecca went on to be named the Region II Teacher of the Year by the State Department of Education. Region II encompasses the following school divisions: Accomack, Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton County, Pequoson, Portsmouth, Southampton County, Suffolk, Williamsburg-James City County and York. Her selection was based on a review of her portfolio highlighting professional accomplishments, educational philosophy and community activities as well as on a personal interview.

Dr. Michael Kelly, Principal, Lynnhaven Middle School


Last Modified on Monday, April 30, 2018