Virginia Hendricks wins Super Teacher honor

There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Virginia Hendricks is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Second-grade teacher Ms. Hendricks (in center of photograph) received the award May 27 in a surprise presentation at Providence Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Ms. Hendricks has the distinct honor of being nominated by her sister who was a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher (from the Charlottesville area) in 2010! Here is what Analisa Herring (second from right in photograph) had to say:

“Virginia has embraced engineering opportunities in her classroom for years. She has aligned curriculum with engineering modules in order to foster creativity in her room. You can find students in her classroom designing prototypes for testing and then redesigning in an attempt to problem-solve project flaws. It is through this process that Virginia is also teaching risk-taking and confidence-building. Virginia also allows students to demonstrate creativity by encouraging different ways of responding to curriculum according to learning styles.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including

  • Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
  • The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Virginia Hendricks who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”