VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 05/16/17 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 069 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

Kempsville Elementary teacher named Super Teacher by Virginia Lottery

Kempsville Elementary School students and staff are celebrating the surprise announcement made in a schoolwide assembly today that Amy Watson is a 2017 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher. The second-grade teacher is one of eight teachers selected from more than 1,000 nominations submitted statewide.

Parent Miranda Beeson, who nominated Watson for the award, participated in the surprise presentation by reading an excerpt from her nomination letter. She described Watson as "enthusiastic, caring and encouraging," and praised the teacher's integration of technology in classroom instruction as well as in parent communication.

"We are so proud to have a Virginia Beach City Public Schools teacher recognized with this selective award and to have parents help us spread good news about the difference educators are making in our classrooms daily," said Superintendent Aaron Spence. "Amy represents the thousands of dedicated teachers in our division who are doing great work to engage students and families by making learning exciting, relevant and fun—just as it should be."

Watson is a graduate of Kempsville High School who began her teaching career with the division in 2007 at Hermitage Elementary School before joining Kempsville Elementary's staff at the beginning of this school year. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Averett University.

As a 2017 Super Teacher, Watson will receive a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 credit for classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies, which sponsors the award with the Virginia Lottery and the Virginia PTA.

For more information about the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award, visit valottery.com/superteacher.

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