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Michelle Cottrell-Williams

2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year

 Michelle Cottrell-Williams, a social studies teacher at Wakefield High in Arlington County, was named 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year Monday evening during a recognition ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond. Cottrell-Williams was selected from eight regional winners announced last week and will be the commonwealth’s nominee for 2018 National Teacher of the Year.


Cottrell-Williams, the Region 4 Teacher of the Year, was selected as the state’s top teacher after being interviewed by a committee that included representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community, and 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year Toney Lee McNair Jr. of Chesapeake.

Cottrell-Williams is an 11-year veteran of the classroom as a social studies teacher for grades 9-12. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree from George Washington University.


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II Terry Annette Goltermann

III Sarah Adamson-Mair

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V Russell Todd Jennings

VI Karey Ann Henzey

VII Chrystle Mountain Gates

VIII Tiffany Watkins Lynch








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