Paul Daszkiewicz is Chesterfield’s Teacher of the Year

Shock, excitement and joy were among the emotions running through Chesterfield schools today when three teachers learned they are the school division’s top Teachers of the Year. A delegation of school system and county leaders brought banners, cakes and balloons as they surprised these top-notch teachers in their classes:

  • Paul Daszkiewicz of Meadowbrook High is Chesterfield’s Teacher of the Year, as well as Chesterfield’s High School Teacher of the Year. He began his career as a math teacher 22 years ago at Meadowbrook High, where he continues to teach Algebra II, probability/statistics and precalculus. Daszkiewicz earned his master’s degree from VCU and his bachelor’s from Virginia Tech.
  • Ben Davis of Bailey Bridge Middle is Chesterfield’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. A former Army Ranger, Davis first worked for Chesterfield County Public Schools as a substitute teacher in 2003. For four years, he has been at Bailey Bridge Middle, where he teaches English. Davis earned his master’s degree from VCU and his bachelor’s from Park University.
  • Amanda Moody of Wells Elementary is Chesterfield’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She began her career in 1975 in Williamsburg-James City County and also taught at schools in Germany and England for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 1993, Moody has taught students with learning disabilities at Wells Elementary. She earned her master’s degree from Arcadia University and her bachelor’s from the College of William and Mary.

Annually, every Chesterfield County school selects a Teacher of the Year. Chesterfield County Public Schools then selects from those honorees an Elementary School Teacher of the Year, a Middle School Teacher of the Year and a High School Teacher of the Year, then chooses the countywide Teacher of the Year from those three honorees. The next step is submitting Daszkiewicz’s nomination to the Virginia Department of Education, which will select eight regional Teachers of the Year from across the state, then will choose the Virginia Teacher of the Year from the eight regional winners.

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Elementary schools

Amanda Moody of Wells Elementary is Chesterfield’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

  • Ashley Carneal — Bellwood
  • Denise Mitchell — Bensley
  • Cindy Peppers — Beulah
  • Sonya Smith — Bon Air
  • Kimberly Ehle — Chalkley
  • Kristen Reynolds — Clover Hill
  • Kim Corley — Marguerite Christian
  • Darlene Lerch — Crenshaw
  • Melissa Crim — Crestwood
  • Anne Trask — Curtis
  • Patricia Pippenger — Davis
  • Cynthia Staneart — Ecoff
  • Sandi Wiley — Enon
  • Kara Collins — Ettrick
  • Carolyn Martin — Evergreen
  • Kathleen Hicks — Falling Creek
  • Kimberly Cundy — Gates
  • Kathryn Snead — Gordon
  • Kristin McDonald — Grange Hall
  • Florence Jenkins — Greenfield
  • Amy Miller — Harrowgate
  • Colin Wharton — Hening
  • Jan Fletcher — Hopkins
  • Pamela Piper — Jacobs Road
  • Virginia VanKeuren — Matoaca
  • Kathryn Lyda — Providence
  • Dru Mische — Reams
  • Kelly George — Robious
  • Crystal Abel — Salem Church
  • Mitchell Early — Elizabeth Scott
  • Mary Beth Lowery — Smith
  • Terri Shepherd — Spring Run
  • Debbie Whaley — Swift Creek
  • April Maurer — Watkins
  • Margaret Seitz — Bettie Weaver
  • Amanda Moody — Wells
  • Gretchen Bassett — Winterpock
  • Barbara Schaedel — Woolridge

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Middle schools

Ben Davis of Bailey Bridge Middle is Chesterfield’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.

  • Ben Davis — Bailey Bridge
  • Jessica Hawkes — Carver
  • Amy Prenavo — Davis
  • Courtney Wirt — Falling Creek
  • John Ferrucci — Manchester
  • Evelyn Didlake — Matoaca
  • Taylor Bernard — Midlothian
  • Rebecca Williamson — Providence
  • Rebecca Propts — Robious
  • Corey Talbott — Salem Church
  • Rhea Calfee — Swift Creek
  • Donald Mugford — Tomahawk Creek

High schools

Paul Daszkiewicz of Meadowbrook High is Chesterfield’s Teacher of the Year and is also Chesterfield’s High School Teacher of the Year.

  • Michael Entsminger — Bird
  • Deirdra Hairston — Chesterfield
    Community High
  • Dana Carson — Chesterfield
    Technical Center
  • Christopher Wahrman — Clover Hill
  • Merel Williams — Cosby
  • Mary Hill — Thomas Dale
  • Robert Benway — James River
  • Renee Fernandez — Manchester
  • Stacy Bradshaw — Matoaca
  • Paul Daszkiewicz — Meadowbrook
  • James Wilson — Midlothian
  • Melinda Carson — Monacan

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