Chesterfield teacher is named top educator in region

History teacher Chris Averill thought today’s assembly at Cosby High was to encourage members of the Class of 2016 to work hard throughout the school year.

That was not true.

The real reason for the assembly was to surprise Averill with the news that he has been chosen as the top educator from approximately 12,000 teachers in central Virginia. State, school and county leaders were on hand with cake, flowers, balloons and a banner proclaiming Averill’s latest accomplishment: Virginia’s Region 1 Teacher of the Year.

Being named regional Teacher of the Year means that Averill is in the running to become statewide Teacher of the Year. The Virginia Department of Education annually selects eight regional Teachers of the Year by reviewing nominations submitted from more than 100 local school systems. This fall, a panel of representatives from professional groups and educational associations will interview the eight regional winners to select the 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Averill began his career as a history teacher in 1989 at Clover Hill High; since 2006 he has taught history and served as the social studies department chair at Cosby High. Averill earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Madison University

He is the 13th Chesterfield County teacher to be named Region 1 Teacher of the Year. In addition to Chesterfield County, Region 1 of Virginia encompasses Charles City County, Dinwiddie County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, New Kent County, Powhatan County, Prince George County, Surry County, Sussex County and the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell.