Tara L. Brunyansky, a chemistry teacher at James River High School in Chesterfield County (Region 1)

Bevin K. Reinen, a first-grade teacher at Three Oaks Elementary in Virginia Beach (Region 2)

Jennifer H. Worrell, a fourth-grade language arts teacher at Petsworth Elementary in Gloucester County (Region 3)

Jaclyn M. Ryan, an agricultural education teacher at Signal Knob Middle in Shenandoah County (Region 4) VATOY 2015

Gerin E. Martin, an early childhood special education teacher at Hutcherson Early Learning Program in Lynchburg (Region 5)

Matthew T. Newton, a grades 3-5 special education teacher at Fishburn Park Elementary in Roanoke (Region 6)

Mark T. Merz, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Oak Point Elementary in Smyth County (Region 7)

Kelly S. Jones, a World History and Sociology teacher at Greensville County High in Greensville County (Region 8)


An agriscience teacher and Future Farmers of America advisor at Signal Knob Middle School in Shenandoah County Public Schools, Jaclyn was selected the 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Richmond on Friday evening, October 10. Jaclyn has been a teacher for nine years and has received numerous national honors and commendations. She annually sponsors a Veterans Day breakfast at the school and is a strong advocate for her students. Jaclyn says that her focus is on “active learning” where “[students are] working on projects in our agricultural laboratory, or working outside in our land laboratory.” Her division superintendent observes that Jaclyn “works tirelessly to plan and implement relevant experiences for students to learn, grow in their leadership, and connect with their community.” Read more…

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