Student & Staff Recognitions

Seniors of the Month

Each high school selects a student each month who has excelled in academics, athletics, community service, school citizenship, or any area they feel deserves recognition. The student and family members are invited to attend the monthly school board meeting, where they are recognized for the achievement.

Bruton High School Senior of the Month   Grafton High School Senior of the Month   Tabb High School Senior of the Month   York High School Senior of the Month
Ryan Dang
Bruton High School
  Sade Brayboy
Grafton High School
  Alyssa Vargas
Tabb High School
  Matthew Fan
York High School


Teacher of the Year

The YCSD Teacher of the Year Program recognizes outstanding teachers who have displayed extraordinary teaching, creativity, and excellence at their school and in their community.

2024 Level Winners

Melissa Hendrix   Stephanie Pressley   Shawn Bowman
Melissa Hendrix
Mt. Vernon Elementary School
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  Stephanie Pressley
Grafton Middle School
Middle School Teacher of the Year & YCSD Teacher of the Year
  Shawn Bowman
Bruton High School
High School Teacher of the Year

2024 School-based Teachers of the Year

The following teachers have been selected as their school's Teacher of the Year

Elementary Schools   Middle Schools
Kelli Lugo Bethel Manor Elementary School   Stephanie Pressley Grafton Middle School
Rebecca Stauffer Coventry Elementary School   Nicole Wagner Queens Lake Middle School
Kristina Davis Dare Elementary School   Elizabeth Mitchell Tabb Middle School
Michelle Wright Grafton Bethel Elementary School   Danielle Day Yorktown Middle School
Leeann Turner Magruder Elementary School      
Melissa Hendrix Mt. Vernon Elementary School   High Schools
Sarah Healy Seaford Elementary School   Shawn Bowman Bruton High School
Kimberly McGinnis-Cole Tabb Elementary School   Kaylee Pearce Grafton High School
Tiffany Ward Waller Mill Elementary School   Andrew Pleinka-Bateman Tabb High School
Taylor Walkup-Amos Yorktown Elementary School   Richard Purvis York High School
      Samuel Ritter York River Academy

2024 Para-Educators of the Year

From helping prepare materials, to monitoring students, to providing one-on-one support, para-educators play an important role in our student's learning and development. The Para-Educator of the Year award recognizes staff members who have displayed extraordinary service, creativity, and excellence in supporting student achievement as an active and contributing member of the instructional team.

Name School  

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson
Bethel Manor Elementary School
Division Level Para-Educator of the Year

Kate Jackson Bethel Manor Elementary School  
Elisa Havelis Coventry Elementary School  
Jodi Ward Dare Elementary School  
Victoria Shaffer Grafton Bethel Elementary School  
Monica Stinson Magruder Elementary School  
Mary Wagner Mt. Vernon Elementary School  
Elaine Gowen Seaford Elementary School  
Patricia Reynolds Tabb Elementary School  
Patricia Mudahy Waller Mill Elementary School  
Abigail Miller Yorktown Elementary School  
Paige Walker Grafton Middle School  
Marsha Pelletier Queens Lake Middle School  
Patricia Molyneaux Tabb Middle School  
Virginia Wesley Yorktown Middle School  
Ella Miller Bruton High School
Debra Clark Grafton High School  
Jennifer Colon Tabb High School  
Marie Wheeler York High School  
Lennora Cook York River Academy  

2024 Support Staff of the Year

Support staff employees include full- and part-time office, food services, and health services staff, as well as employees in various departments across the division. They play a critical role assisting teachers and administrators in providing services to the instructional program and facilities. The Support Staff of the Year award recognizes employees who have performed their duties in such an outstanding manner that they significantly contributed to the division mission and goals.

Name School  

Teresa Morris

Teresa Morris
Yorktown Elementary School
Division-Level Support Staff of the Year

Nicole Howard Bethel Manor Elementary School  
Christine O'Hearn Coventry Elementary School  
Noelle Walton Dare Elementary School  
Simona Taylor Grafton Bethel Elementary School  
Samuel Sneed Magruder Elementary School  
Crystal Belcher Mt. Vernon Elementary School  
Melissa Evans Seaford Elementary School  
Helen Bedford Tabb Elementary School  
Christopher Bartee Waller Mill Elementary School  
Teresa Morris Yorktown Elementary School  
Lamont Stith Grafton Middle School  
James Jacobs Queens Lake Middle School  
Jessie Anderson Tabb Middle School  
Samantha Cowan Yorktown Middle School  
Judith Sasway Bruton High School  
Jasmine Stalling Grafton High School  
Deborah Tate Tabb High School  
Patricia Humphreys York High School  
Katherine McKay York River Academy  

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