Outstanding Elementary Teacher, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding elementary teachers recognized at 2021 FCPS Honors

 2021 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher 

David WorstDavid L. Worst
Physical Education Teacher
Rose Hill Elementary School, Region 3

Dave’s dedication and enthusiasm for teaching is shown in every interaction he has at Rose Hill Elementary. He builds meaningful relationships with his students to ensure that their social emotional learning needs are met. His background in Adapted P.E. makes him uniquely qualified to advocate for all students. He is at the forefront of new initiatives and serves as a model for his colleagues to ensure equity is kept firmly at the center of our interactions and instruction with students. Dave has an awareness to know when you’re in need of a quick smile. He’s even surprised his students by dressing up as Spiderman to keep things exciting. Dave is a trusted leader who is an inspiration to staff and students.

2021 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher Finalist  

pete cooksonAlysha N. Akbar
Fourth Grade Teacher
Forestville Elementary School, Region 1

Alysha’s enthusiasm and passion to build relationships and create lifelong learners is evident both in and out of the classroom. From dressing up as Ms. Frizzle to teach science, to imitating a game show announcer to excite families at PTA events, Alysha’s contagious energy serves to create positive environments for her community. She is dedicated to creating inclusive, equitable, and culturally responsive classrooms, and is passionate about all students having books in which they can see themselves. Whether it’s dropping off books to her former and current students or creating archaeology simulations with Play-Doh to provide cross-curricular instruction, Alysha takes advantage of any opportunity in which she can excite children about learning.

2021 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher Finalist  

Jonathan BakerJonathan Baker
Gifted Education Center Teacher
Haycock Elementary School, Region 2

Walking into Jon’s classroom, one can immediately feel the sense of community that he has built among his students. He is a beloved teacher at Haycock Elementary and in FCPS due to his ability to create a caring and inclusive classroom while maintaining high expectations for his students. He does all this with an unassuming nature. Jon has an uncanny ability to connect with students, establish heartfelt relationships with them based on mutual respect and trust, and motivate them to become the best versions of themselves. It is very clear he has made a positive and life-long impact on the Haycock staff and school community.

2021 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher Finalist  

Stephanie K. CrumpStephanie K. Crump
Second Grade Teacher
Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Region 5

Stephanie, a graduate of McLean High School, has served the Canterbury Woods Community as an early childhood educator for over twenty years. She instills a love of learning in students by igniting creativity and giving academic choices while providing scaffolds and supports to encourage students to take risks. Recognized as a strategy keeper for the Kennedy Center’s CETA Program, Stephanie utilizes arts integration strategies to engage and educate her students. Stephanie fosters positive relationships with her current and former students, their families and her colleagues. As one colleague shared, “We have been fortunate and blessed to know her and be in her corner. This includes staff, parents, and most of all children! This is a celebration for all of us.”

2021 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher Finalist   

Joy HrabakMerrie Joy Hrabak
Third Grade Teacher
Rolling Valley Elementary School, Region 4

Merrie Joy embodies her name perfectly. Her infectious personality brings smiles to all the Rockin’ Robins at RVES. Her classroom provides an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces risk-taking and collaboration. To her, every child possesses a unique set of gifts, which she seeks to nurture and expand. Her students make educational gains because they feel valued and celebrated. She always dreamt of being an educator because teachers inspire and guide their students. She embraces challenges as opportunities for growth and instills this growth mindset into her students. She models a love of learning by mentoring and collaborating with colleagues and beginning teachers. Ultimately, she strives to ensure all her students feel loved, accepted, and have fun while learning.

2021 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher - School Recipients

  • Aldrin Elementary School
    • Kristen Carneal, Multiple Disabilities Teacher*
  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School
    • Annie Ray, Strings Teacher
  • Bailey’s Elementary School
    • Claudia Zakaria, Second Grade Immersion Teacher
  • Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences
    • Linda Lindgren, Librarian
  • Beech Tree Elementary School
    • Emily Gleason, Multiple Disabilities Teacher*
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
    • Erica Demick, Fifth Grade Teacher*
  • Braddock Elementary School
    • Annamarie McKevitt, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
    • Sarah Maro, First Grade Teacher
  • Brookfield Elementary School
    • Kristin Hetman, ESOL Teacher
  • Bucknell Elementary School
    • Lisa Maupins, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Bull Run Elementary School
    • Karen Wedekindt, ESOL Teacher
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
    • Ambler Goddin, Second Grade Teacher
  • Camelot Elementary School
    • Elizabeth Snyder, First Grade Teacher
  • Cameron Elementary School
    • Viola Richardson, Special Education Teacher
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School
    • Stephanie Crump, Second Grade Teacher*
  • Cardinal Forest Elementary School
    • Jennifer Nothstine, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Centre Ridge Elementary School
    • David Smalley, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Centreville Elementary School
    • Beth Chase, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
    • Stacy Vickers, Fifth Grade Teacher*
  • Chesterbrook Elementary School
    • Kristi McGeehan, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Churchill Road Elementary School
    • Meghan Overend, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Clearview Elementary School
    • Kim Kurtz, First Grade Teacher
  • Clermont Elementary School
    • Caitlin Shott, Second Grade Teacher
  • Coates Elementary School
    • Suz Eisenbach, Multiple Disabilities Teacher*
  • Colin Powell Elementary School
    • Hope Song, Korean Immersion Teacher
  • Crestwood Elementary School
    • Denise Orr-Rowe, First Grade Teacher
  • Crossfield Elementary School
    • Lilly Vu, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Cunningham Park Elementary School
    • Laurie Chaker, ESOL Teacher
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
    • Wendy Forstall, First Grade Teacher
  • Deer Park Elementary School
    • Michelle Sims, Third Grade Teacher
  • Dogwood Elementary School
    • Jenny Chou Silverio, Learning Disabilities Teacher*
  • Dranesville Elementary School
    • Lance Fogleman, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Eagle View Elementary School
    • Marcy Fisher, First Grade Teacher
  • Fairfax Villa Elementary School
    • Melissa Eddy, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Fairhill Elementary School
    • Shalika Santiago, First Grade Teacher
  • Fairview Elementary School
    • Jennifer Page Nabywaniec, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Flint Hill Elementary School
    • Stephanie Altounian, Third Grade Teacher
  • Floris Elementary School
    • Nancy Fox, Music Teacher
  • Forest Edge Elementary School
    • Cery In, Third Grade Teacher
  • Forestdale Elementary School
    • Katie Brado, Second Grade Teacher
  • Forestville Elementary School
    • Alysha Akbar, Fourth Grade Teacher*
  • Fort Belvoir Primary School
    • Jennifer Kalletta, Librarian
  • Fort Belvoir Upper School
    • Becca Biery, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School
    • Margot Argo, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Franconia Elementary School
    • Arlyncia Piña, Third Grade Teacher
  • Franklin Sherman Elementary School
    • Evelyn Pahis-Mastakas, Second Grade Teacher
  • Freedom Hill Elementary School
    • Jessica Curran, Third Grade Teacher
  • Garfield Elementary School
    • Corinne Conner, Third Grade Teacher
  • Greenbriar East Elementary School
    • Lisa Green, Third Grade Teacher
  • Greenbriar West Elementary School
    • Ingy Rucker, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Groveton Elementary School
    • Stephanie Montesino, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Gunston Elementary School
    • Ramiah Ford, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Halley Elementary School
    • Laura McCarty, Third Grade Teacher*
  • Haycock Elementary School
    • Jon Baker, Fourth Grade Teacher*
  • Hayfield Elementary School
    • Lauren Joseph, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Herndon Elementary School
    • Marazul Ortega, Spanish Immersion Teacher
  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School
    • Matt Rivera, Third Grade Teacher
  • Hunt Valley Elementary School
    • Jennifer Monahan, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences
    • Jill Moore, Second Grade Teacher
  • Hutchison Elementary School
    • Brittany Good, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Island Creek Elementary School
    • Charlotte Frazier, Enhanced Autism Teacher*
  • Keene Mill Elementary School
    • Katherine Fierek, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
    • Elizabeth Viernes, Second Grade Teacher
  • Kings Park Elementary School
    • Chandi Lind, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Lake Anne Elementary School
    • Mary Dattilo, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Lane Elementary School
    • Helen Wilson, First Grade Teacher
  • Laurel Hill Elementary School
    • Allison Cormier Popsuy, First and Second Grade Teacher
  • Laurel Ridge Elementary School
    • Taylor Ahern, Second Grade Teacher
  • Lees Corner Elementary School
    • Natalie Hill, Band Teacher*
  • Lemon Road Elementary School
    • Dana Roth, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Little Run Elementary School
    • Rhonda Anderson, Second Grade Teacher
  • London Towne Elementary School
    • Christine Viverito, First Grade Teacher
  • Lorton Station Elementary School
    • Christina Cabrera, Second Grade Teacher
  • Louise Archer Elementary School
    • Anne Marie Harris, Gifted Education Center Teacher
  • Lynbrook Elementary School
    • Cat Collett, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Mantua Elementary School
    • Meghan Ryan-Harrington, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Marshall Road Elementary School
    • Elise Strongin, Fifth Grade Teacher*
  • McNair Upper Elementary School
    • Sanaz Hosseini, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School
    • Janet Hopkins, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
    • Brenda Dreesbach, Second Grade Teacher
  • Navy Elementary School
    • Shannon Floyd, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Newington Forest Elementary School
    • Jennifer Clark, STEAM Teacher
  • Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Kathy Rock, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Oak View Elementary School
    • Brooke Brylawski, First Grade Teacher
  • Oakton Elementary School
    • Bridgette Joskow, Fifth Grade Teacher*
  • Olde Creek Elementary School
    • Emma Hamilton, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Orange Hunt Elementary School
    • Jill McDaniel, First Grade Teacher
  • Parklawn Elementary School
    • Tiffany Nious, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Pine Spring Elementary School
    • Rachel Terlop, First Grade Teacher*
  • Poplar Tree Elementary School
    • Daniel Schroll, Gifted Education Center Teacher
  • Providence Elementary School
    • Lindsay Putman, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Ravensworth Elementary School
    • Erika Peterson, Spanish Immersion Teacher
  • Riverside Elementary School
    • Jenny Lynn Pitre, First Grade Teacher
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School
    • Merrie Joy Hrabak, Third Grade Teacher*
  • Rose Hill Elementary School
    • Dave Worst, Physical Education Teacher*
  • Sangster Elementary School
    • Liane Char, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Saratoga Elementary School
    • Kelsey McRoberts, Special Education Teacher
  • Sherwood Elementary School
    • Jessica Carroll, Second Grade Teacher*
  • Silverbrook Elementary School
    • Sarah Paulus, First Grade Teacher
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
    • Erin Bueno de Mesquita, ESOL Teacher
  • Springfield Estates Elementary School
    • Aaron Tenenbaum, Learning Disabilities Teacher*
  • Stratford Landing Elementary School
    • Brooke Bertholet, Gifted Education Center Teacher
  • Sunrise Valley Elementary School
    • Christine Case, Third Grade Teacher
  • Terra Centre Elementary School
    • Laure Grove, Preschool Teacher
  • Terraset Elementary School
    • Holly Rice, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Timber Lane Elementary School
    • Rebecca Karim, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Union Mill Elementary School
    • Amy Wolfe, Fifth Grade Teacher*
  • Vienna Elementary School
    • Emily Dempsey, Second Grade Teacher
  • Virginia Run Elementary School
    • Deena Moore, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Wakefield Forest Elementary School
    • Briana Trone, First Grade Teacher
  • Waples Mill Elementary School
    • Laura Raetz, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Waynewood Elementary School
    • Melissa Sullivan, Resource Teacher*
  • West Springfield Elementary School
    • Kristin McDaniel, First Grade Teacher
  • Westbriar Elementary School
    • Alissa Roth, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Westgate Elementary School
    • Melina Accarpio, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Westlawn Elementary School
    • Christy Stephenson, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Weyanoke Elementary School
    • Reva Dembo, Second Grade Teacher*
  • White Oaks Elementary School
    • Greg Nussbaum, Gifted Education Center Teacher
  • Willow Springs Elementary School
    • Alison Willison, Second Grade Teacher*
  • Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts
    • Morgan Vaught, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Woodley Hills Elementary School
    • Kameke Mojica, Fourth Grade Teacher*

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