Outstanding Elementary School New Teacher, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding elementary school new teachers recognized for 2020

2020 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher 

a photo of ayanna rene bundyAyanna René Bundy
Fifth Grade Teacher
Hollin Meadows Elementary School, Region 3

Ayanna has an astounding ability to connect meaningfully with students, parents, and colleagues and intentionally takes the time to build and maintain these relationships. It is rare when she is not enjoying lunch with her students, both past and present. As a COACH mentor and Girls on the Run Coach, Ayanna is an excellent role model, coming "#Back2Fairfax" and compassionately serving her community. In the classroom, Ayanna recognizes that teaching is about taking risks with instruction to reach every student. With differentiation at the forefront of her mind, Ayanna creatively adapts lessons to address students' diverse learning needs. "Fun, love, and high expectations" is the way of life in Ayanna's classroom, and it is evident students know that too.


2020 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist 

Caitlin BoernerCaitlin Boerner
Kindergarten Teacher
Bailey's Elementary School, Region 2

Caitlin makes it her mission to connect with her community, create meaningful relationships with her students and produce an all-around positive atmosphere in her classroom. Colleagues note “As a teacher, Caitlin effortlessly communicates the two most important traits of a teacher: a love for her students and a love for learning.” She is known for using her creativity to go above and beyond when planning lessons for her students, and has been seen cracking codes during STEM challenges, creating interactive displays, and dancing alongside her students. Parents feel connected to her classroom and appreciate the high expectations Caitlin sets for her students. It is clear to anyone walking into her classroom that students feel “successful, loved and inspired”.

2020 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist 

Alyssa Rachel RozinesAlyssa Rachel Rozines
Second Grade Teacher
Waples Mill Elementary School, Region 1

Alyssa’s goal as a teacher is to help her students become the best version of themselves and that is made clear the moment you step foot into her classroom. Alyssa’s students have opportunities to learn through community building and are guided by someone who embodies patience, understanding, and perseverance. Colleagues shared, “it is evident that Alyssa loves teaching and is invested in her students from the smiles on the students’ faces to the weekly inspirational quote the class ponders and discusses each morning meeting.” They also shared that she “thoughtfully plans lessons and is reflective about her teaching” and “does these things not because someone is watching, but because it is the right thing to do to ensure her students succeed in school and life.”

2020 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist

Kaitlin M. G. WhiteKaitlin M. G. White
Fifth Grade Teacher
Coates Elementary School, Region 5

Kaitlin’s classroom is full to the brim with high, rigorous academic expectations, but the laughter, fun, and creativity that flows through the room convinces her students that those expectations can be easily met. From turning math-anxious students into practicing mathematicians to fostering growth mindset with the power of “yet,” Kaitlin focuses on students developing the belief in themselves that they can do hard things while also applying that mentality to herself by becoming a teacher leader and mentor teacher. Whether her students are producing green screen videos, developing characters for the Star Fantasy Convention she holds, or creating chapbooks for the upcoming poetry slam, Kaitlin’s class consistently engages with Portrait of a Graduate skills to become bold, independent thinkers.

2020 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist 

Katherine YostKatherine Yost
Emotional Disabilities Teacher
Laurel Ridge Elementary School, Region 4

Katie exudes joy, positivity, and creativity, and is committed to meeting the needs of others. She is active in her community, and coaches children who have disabilities on her weekends. Her love for her students and her caring, safe classroom environment makes a difference for students who, at a very young age, have already struggled to find school success. Katie’s relationships with her students and families serve as a driver to meet the basic needs of her students. She warehouses clean clothing, dental supplies and snacks to ensure all students have the necessities to be successful in school. Katie is a dedicated educator who makes a difference in the lives of her students and their families each and every day.

2020 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher - School Recipients

  • Aldrin Elementary School
    • Malarvili Kannan, Multiple Disabilities Teacher *
  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School
    • Tara Reader, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Bailey’s Elementary School
    • Caitlin Boerner, Kindergarten Teacher *
  • Bailey's Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
    • Shelby Johnston, Third Grade Teacher
  • Beech Tree Elementary School
    • Claudia Romeo, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
    • Sian Stephan, Third Grade Teacher
  • Braddock Elementary School
    • Morgan Sykes, Fourth Grade Teacher *
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
    • Carly Voeller, Third Grade Teacher
  • Brookfield Elementary School
    • Safiya Akhtar, Sixth Grade Teacher *
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
    • Tadhg Dowd, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Camelot Elementary School
    • Phebe Jones, Second Grade Teacher
  • Cameron Elementary School
    • Julia Campbell, Third Grade Teacher *
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School
    • Carson Pursifull, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher
  • Centre Ridge Elementary School
    • Brinda Abu-Obaid, ESOL Teacher
  • Centreville Elementary School
    • Brigid Hamilton, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
    • Jennifer Joo, Third Grade Teacher *
  • Chesterbrook Elementary School
    • Katherine Quigley, Learning Disabilities Teacher *
  • Churchill Road Elementary School
    • Hanna Del Signore, Fourth Grade AAP Teacher
  • Clearview Elementary School
    • Valerie Budynas, First Grade Teacher
  • Coates Elementary School
    • Kaitlin White, Fifth Grade Teacher *
  • Crestwood Elementary School
    • Shelley Keller, Preschool Teacher
  • Cunningham Park Elementary School
    • Laura Massaro, First Grade Teacher
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
    • Eric Laurits, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Dogwood Elementary School
    • Sarah Park, First Grade Teacher
  • Dranesville Elementary School
    • Shelbi Cervenec, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Eagle View Elementary School
    • Caitlin Van Tassel, Third Grade Teacher
  • Fairfax Villa Elementary School
    • Cara Rubin, Third Grade Teacher
  • Fairhill Elementary School
    • Daniela Pastor, Learning Disabilities Teacher *
  • Fairview Elementary School
    • Jessica Wheaton, Second Grade Teacher
  • Flint Hill Elementary School
    • Breann Grzankowski, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Floris Elementary School
    • Sydney Drinko, First Grade Teacher
  • Forestdale Elementary School
    • Samantha Cherry, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Forestville Elementary School
    • Emily Pearson, First Grade Teacher *
  • Fort Belvoir Primary School
    • Dorothy Bonica, Art Teacher 
    • Elan Fenderson, Crisis Resource Teacher
  • Fort Belvoir Upper Elementary School
    • Melissa Zimmerman, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School
    • Maddie Magnotti, Music Teacher
  • Franconia Elementary School
    • Courtney King, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Franklin Sherman Elementary School
    • Sandra Bedard, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
  • Freedom Hill Elementary School
    • Kevin Curtis, Third Grade Teacher
  • Garfield Elementary School
    • Paige Kvartunas, Second Grade Teacher
  • Groveton Elementary School
    • MacKenzie Frakes, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Haycock Elementary School
    • Alexandra Mostoller, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School
    • Ayanna Bundy, Fifth Grade Teacher *
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School
    • Carol Lucarelli, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Island Creek Elementary School
    • Sarah Rogevich, Music Teacher
  • Keene Mill Elementary School
    • Christopher Fitzgerald, Third Grade Teacher
  • Kings Glen Elementary School
    • Stephanie Smith, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Kings Park Elementary School
    • Caitlyn Saunders, First Grade Teacher
  • Lake Anne Elementary School
    • Meredith Moncure, Third Grade Teacher
  • Laurel Hill Elementary School
    • Jamie Alexander, Fourth Grade Teacher *
  • Laurel Ridge Elementary School
    • Katie Yost, Emotional Disabilities Teacher *
  • Mantua Elementary School
    • Lana Amer, Gifted Education Center Teacher *
  • Marshall Road Elementary School
    • Amita Singh, Emotional Disabilities Teacher *
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School
    • Olivia Luedtke, Second Grade Teacher
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
    • Elizabeth Dipert, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Leasley Alvarado, First Grade Teacher
  • Oak View Elementary School
    • Erin Butler, Third Grade Teacher
  • Olde Creek Elementary School
    • Erin O'Connor, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Orange Hunt Elementary School
    • Heather Kattera, Fourth Grade Teacher *
  • Pine Spring Elementary School
    • Nadia Berhane, Second Grade Teacher
  • Poplar Tree Elementary School
    • Katrina Hutzell, Third Grade teacher
  • Providence Elementary School
    • Caitlin McNeil, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Ravensworth Elementary School
    • Emily Sharpe, Third Grade Teacher
  • Riverside Elementary School
    • Jada Roberts, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School
    • Anna Markel, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Rose Hill Elementary School
    • Chloe Zuccolo, First Grade Teacher
  • Saratoga Elementary School
    • Matthew Rogers, Physical Education Teacher *
  • Shrevewood Elementary School
    • Katelyn Strickland, Second Grade Teacher
  • Silverbrook Elementary School
    • Jamye Specht, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Springfield Estates Elementary School
    • Amanda Sierra, Art Teacher
  • Sunrise Valley Elementary School
    • Monica Mathieu, Fourth Grade Teacher *
  • Terra Centre Elementary School
    • Christopher Lewis-Kwiatkowski, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Terraset Elementary School
    • Natalie Verbiest, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Union Mill Elementary School
    • Jenna Welch, Physical Education Teacher *
  • Vienna Elementary School
    • Ansley Medlicott, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Wakefield Forest Elementary School
    • Betsy Gross, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Waples Mill Elementary School
    • Alyssa Rozines, Second Grade Teacher *
  • West Springfield Elementary School
    • Margaret Delaney, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Westbriar Elementary School
    • Viann Le, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Westgate Elementary School
    • Jess Wolma, Kindergarten Teacher *
  • White Oaks Elementary School
    • Bethani Ko, Art Teacher
  • Willow Springs Elementary School
    • Alison Willison, Second Grade Teacher *
  • Woodley Hills Elementary School
    • Mackenzie Hays, Second Grade Teacher *

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient

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