James River High Teacher Tara Brunyansky named James Madison University’s 2016 High School Teacher of the Year

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James Madison University (JMU) has named Tara Brunyansky the 2016 High School Teacher of the Year. Brunyansky teaches chemistry at James River High.

A committee from the university chooses a high school chemistry teacher based on information gathered from students that have come to JMU’s chemistry department throughout the years. To be considered for the award, a high school teacher must show a long-standing record of teaching excellence and have the support of his or her former students.

“Brunyansky connects her students to real-world lab experiences and applications of knowledge, and her knowledge of the content, along with her passion, engages students and motivates them to explore and learn more,” said Dr. Jennifer Coleman, principal of James River High School. “She is constantly reading, researching and looking for new ways to keep lessons current and relevant. Brunyansky is not only a valued faculty member because of the impact she makes in the classroom for students, but she is a collaborative and creative member of James River High.”

Brunyansky has been invited to visit JMU on Nov. 8 to meet with faculty, tour the facilities and receive a CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Faculty is very interested in learning more about her approach to teaching high school chemistry and her educational philosophy.

Previously, Brunyansky was recognized as the 2015 Chesterfield County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.