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November 2023

Congratulations to our Beginning Teachers of the Year!

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Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools recognizes four beginning teachers as the best among their peers. There were 37 nominees for the 2022-23 Beginning Teacher of the Year Awards, which recognize educators who excel in instructional planning and delivery, in creation of a learning environment and in professionalism. Here are this year’s Beginning Teachers of the Year (with information shared by their nominators):

  • Katie Ferrell, who teaches fourth grade at Hopkins Elementary, is the Elementary School Beginning Teacher of the Year. Last year, Katie began as a long-term substitute. She worked tirelessly to get her license so she could become a full-time, first year teacher this year. Katie is a natural relationship builder, and this serves her incredibly well. She has worked very hard to create a positive, collaborative community for her students.
  • Sofia Perez, who teaches English at Salem Church Middle, is the Middle School Beginning Teacher of the Year. Sofia is constantly thinking of ways to elevate the learning experience of her students and grade level. Sofia cares about her students and their success as learners but also as humans. She can be seen throughout the building helping her peers, sharing activities and ideas and supporting students.
  • Clayton Chadwick, who teaches social studies at Clover Hill High, is the High School Beginning Teacher of the Year. Clayton incorporated interactive lessons into his planning and found ways for students to authentically demonstrate their learning. As students work, he constantly circulates the classroom to address any questions and push students in the direction of success. Students feel welcome, safe and comfortable in the classroom.
  • Hannah Epps, who teaches first grade at Ecoff Elementary, is the overall CCPS Beginning Teacher of the Year. Hannah is familiar with the most current scientific and evidence-based literacy research and flawlessly implements all components in her daily small group literacy instruction plans. She has really created an environment where students are comfortable taking risks because they feel a sense of family in their classroom and take pride in their learning. 
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