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Melissa Portfirio Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year
Governor Bob McDonnell today congratulated Fairfax County teacher Melissa A. Porfirio
for her selection as Virginia’s 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Porfirio teaches
first grade at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield. Her selection was announced
Friday evening in Richmond.
“Melissa Porfirio epitomizes the tens of thousands of truly outstanding teachers
in Virginia’s public schools who are dedicated to the success of their students,”
Governor McDonnell said. “She is a leader whose positive influence extends well beyond
the walls of Crestwood Elementary.”
Fellow Crestwood teachers and her principal describe Porfirio as the heart of the
Crestwood community. She serves as a mentor to new teachers and has been featured
in Fairfax County Public Schools’ training videos.
Porfirio was selected from the eight Virginia 2014 Regional Teachers of the Year
announced in September. Porfirio and the other regional nominees were seated together
at the annual Virginia Teacher of the Year banquet Friday evening when her selection
was announced by Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright.
“This is a group of dynamic and outstanding teachers,” Porfirio said. “I was so surprised
when my name was called. It is such an honor to represent Virginia’s teachers.”
Porfirio will be the Commonwealth's nominee in the Council of Chief State School
Officers' National Teacher of the Year program.
“Melissa will be a great ambassador for Virginia’s public schools and for the teaching
profession,” Wright said.
A Fairfax County teacher for eight years, Porfirio earned a bachelor’s degree in
social work from Catholic University and a master’s degree in education, curriculum
and instruction from George Mason University. Prior to becoming a teacher, Porfirio
was a social worker in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. and taught English in
Seoul, South Korea.
Porfirio, 39, was selected as 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year after being interviewed
by a committee that included representatives of professional and educational associations,
the Virginia business community and 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year Kathryn B.
Galford of Chesapeake.
CONGRATULATIONS to Virginia’s 2014 Regional Teachers of the Year: