Meet the VATOY Class of 2016

Christopher Averill, a history teacher at Cosby High in Chesterfield County (Region I)

 Lauren Osborn, an English teacher at Poquoson High in Poquoson (Region II)

Stacey Rice-Lee, an English teacher at Northumberland Middle in Northumberland County (Region III)

Kimberly Scott, an English teacher at Franklin Middle in Fairfax County (Region IV)

Kenneth “Spence” White Jr., a drama, stagecraft and public speaking teacher at Jefferson Forrest High in Bedford County (Region V)

Ruthanne Cole, a science teacher at Bland County High in Bland County (Region VII)

Edward McCann Jr., an agricultural education teacher at Appomattox County High in Appomattox County (Region VIII)


Natalie DiFusco-Funk is a fifth-grade teacher at West Salem Elementary in Salem. DiFusco-Funk, the Region VI teacher, was selected as the 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year after being interviewed by a committee that included representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community and 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year Jaclyn Marie Roller Ryan.

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