Outstanding New Secondary Teacher, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding new secondary teachers recognized at 2019 FCPS Honors

2019 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher 

Aanand Vasudevan, Math Teacher, South Lakes High School, Region 1

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A colleague praises Aanand by saying, "he is quite simply the confident agent of change that we need in FCPS mathematics instruction to bring equity to the forefront of our work.” Each day Aanand brings his belief in the potential of each and every mathematics learner to his classroom. He has built an innovative secondary mathematics workshop model, and he exemplifies all that we understand about promoting equity and access. “Every time I walk by his door there are students who are interacting with him and with one another in a safe setting with the highest expectations of learning,” says a colleague. Another colleague says that “his potential for innovation and leadership is limitless.”


2019 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Andrew Dilworth, History and Social Studies Teacher, Rocky Run Middle School, Region 5

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Andrew is the epitome of kindness, which is reflected in his multitude of leadership roles, as well as his strong relationships with students and staff alike. He is always positive, relaxed, and willing to jump in at a moment’s notice, without expecting anything in return. He builds strong relationships by connecting current events to students’ lives and encouraging students at extracurricular activities, even when they get to high school. In addition to connecting with students through hobbies, he is conscientious of helping students build relationships with each other and the world around them, helping them understand what role they want to play in their world, and the power that they have to influence it.


2019 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Tyler Fabian, Geosystems Teacher, West Potomac High School, Region 3

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Tyler is an energetic and passionate educator. He embraces the diversity of his students and makes them feel welcome with a special sense of belonging in his classroom. As CT Lead for Geosystems and Assistant Coach for Winter and Spring Track, Tyler displays a commitment to the success of his students both inside and outside of the classroom. He incorporates Project-Based Learning into his classroom in order to engage students in creative, hands-on activities. As sponsor of the Ecology Club he helped establish the Go 2 Green program to increase student participation in school-wide recycling.  Tyler serves his students and community with a strong work ethic and encourages them, leading by example, to become the best version of themselves.


2019 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Andrew Reid, Speech and Drama Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Region 2

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Stepping into the classroom with an eccentric bow tie and colorful socks, Andrew has brought a new energy to the theater arts program. His aim in the classroom is to create an environment in which his students feel safe, unburdened and free to express themselves. In a world where students feel enormous pressure, Andrew offers a time and place where there isn’t a need to worry. Even outside the classroom, he has been praised on the two shows he directed in which parents were elated to see the genuine happiness in the performance. Andrew is always aiming to go beyond furthering their knowledge of the arts, but to create a community of compassionate young adults.


2019 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Craig Whitesell, Math Teacher, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Region 4

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Since starting at Lake Braddock Secondary School three years ago, Craig has brought innovative ideas and enthusiasm helping his students view math in new and unique ways. Whether it is Algebra II students completing the Math Journey project, thinking deeply about their relationship with Math and creating a graphical representation of this relationship, or AP Statistics students manipulating census data in excel comparing minority populations across cities, Craig works tirelessly to make sure his students see the patterns and math in the world around them. He continues to promote efficacy through his caring, patient nature which has caught the eye of both colleagues and administrators. One teacher describes him as "consistently encouraging and hopeful" both in the classroom and out.


2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher - School Recipients

  • Annandale High School
    • McClain Herman, English Teacher *
  • Chantilly High School
    • Keenan Goldsby, History & Social Studies Teacher
  • Cooper Middle School
    • Sarah Hartman, Science Teacher
  • Edison High School
    • Levi Barber, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Fairfax High School
    • Jessica Pullis, English Teacher *
  • Falls Church High School
    • Paul Naanou, Mathematics Teacher *
  • Glasgow Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Nicole Bevenour, Sixth Grade Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Hayfield Secondary School
    • ​​​​​​​Mary Lynn J. Rynkiewicz, English Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Herndon High School
    • ​​​​​​​Lauren Spector, Family and Consumer Science Teacher *​​​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​Holmes Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Kali Lewis, 6th Grade Science Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Kilmer Center
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fran Johnson, Severe Disabilities Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Lake Braddock Secondary School
    • ​​​​​​​Craig Whitesell, High School Mathematics Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Lanier Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Lisa Wiswell, History & Social Studies Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Lee High School
    • ​​​​​​​Margaret Clark, Mathematics Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Liberty Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Meagan Riley, Seventh Grade English Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Luther Jackson Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Jennifer Lauren Carle, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Madison High School
    • Vince Rodriguez, Multiple Disabilities Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Marshall High School
    • ​​​​​​​Luke Konopka, Biology Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​McLean High School
    • ​​​​​​​Allison Barnes, Mathematics Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Oakton High School
    • ​​​​​​​Erin McGartland, Multiple Disabilities Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Poe Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Julie Butz, Intellectual Disabilities Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Quander Road School
    • ​​​​​​​Alexandra Dooling, Emotional Disabilities Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Robinson Secondary School
    • ​​​​​​​Binh Tran, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Rocky Run Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Andrew Dilworth, History & Social Studies Teacher *​​​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​Sandburg Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Emma Tourtellote, English Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​South County Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Andrea Stanton, Biology Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​South Lakes High School
    • ​​​​​​​Aanand Vasudevan, Mathematics Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Stone Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Ruby Brown, Mathematics Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
    • ​​​​​​​Andrew Reid, Speech & Drama Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Wakefield Forest Elementary School
    • ​​​​​​​Jessica Clark, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Walt Whitman Middle School
    • ​​​​​​​Kevin C. Lackie,  Music Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​West Potomac High School
    • ​​​​​​​Tyler Fabian, Geosystems Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​West Springfield High School
    • ​​​​​​​Victoria Schnoor, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • ​​​​​​​Westfield High School
    • ​​​​​​​Mary Deskins, Learning Disabilities Teacher & Rebecca Darr, Chemistry Teacher
  • ​​​​​​​Woodson High School
    • ​​​​​​​Sara Dragan, Chemistry Teacher *​​​​​​​

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient


* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient