Outstanding New Secondary Teacher, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding new secondary teachers recognized at 2018 FCPS Honors

2018 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher

Emily McCloud, Mathematics Teacher, J.E.B. Stuart HS, Region 2

a photo of emily mccloudDuring her first year at Stuart, Emily enhanced the instructional culture of the school by implementing a flipped classroom and helped her colleagues learn the technology so they could do it too. Since then, she’s revamped the geometry curriculum to make it more accessible to students learning English, become leader of her collaborative team, and taken on sponsorship of the Student Government Association. Last year, she organized the graduation ceremony and began mentoring at-risk students. Colleagues praise her maturity and caring nature, which makes everyone at the school feel valued. “Emily, “said a teacher, “provides the hope that the student population needs to be successful.”



2018 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Chris Campbell, Intellectual Disabilities Teacher, Centreville High School, Region 4

a photo of chris campbellChris is a special education teacher with an innate talent for encouraging his students to express themselves in creative, unique ways. Colleagues praise his dedication to preparing effective lessons and presenting them to students individually. “I often forget he is just a second-year teacher,” said one. Whether he’s dressing up as the Elf on the Shelf to teach class, engaging a group of students as he walks down the hall, or organizing shuttles to transport his kids to job sites for career prep, Chris exudes patience and understanding. “His passion is to get these students with intellectual disabilities to do whatever they are capable of doing, ”said a coworker, “and then do more.”


2018 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Emily Knupp, Science Teacher, Cooper Middle School, Region 1

a photo of emily knuppIn just her second year of teaching, Emily has become someone the entire Cooper community turns to for help, collaboration, and leadership. Her classroom is a swinging door with students running in and out as they work on real-life projects like designing a zoo or protecting the Chesapeake Bay. ”Ms. Knupp believes if you give your kids a chance, they will amaze you,” says a fellow teacher, “and her kids love and have thrived on that kind of trust.” She’s also been a driving force behind broadening the use of technology in project-based learning across FCPS. She taught a county-wide course on the subject and created the TechYes blog to provide tips on the best ways to use technology in the classroom.


2018 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Lisa Koch, Librarian, Lee High School, Region 3

a photo of lisa kochLisa is the rock star librarian we all remember from our childhoods. She regularly collaborates with teachers to bring lessons to life, whether she’s setting up stations to explore Shakespeare and Renaissance Theater, previewing a podcast on the Greek muses, or engaging students throughout the school in an “Hour of Code.” Thanks to Lisa, Lee High School recently became the only FCPS high school selected to become part of a new initiative to give students an opportunity to use video production for performance-based class projects. “Not only does Lisa have great ideas,” said an administrator, “she has the intellect and the work ethic to bring those ideas to fruition.”


2018 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher Finalist 

Jessica Magarelli, Multiple Disabilities Teacher, Westfield High School, Region 5

a photo of Jessica MagarelliWhen Jessica presented a personal development session for staff entitled “Laughter, Humor, and Play to Reduce Stress and Solve Problems,” a colleague quipped: “The session should have been called “How to be Jessica Magarelli. ”In teaching students with multiple disabilities, Jessica radiates love and joy whether she’s asking them how they feel, reading and cooking “Green Eggs and Ham” together in the classroom, or supporting good behavior as they stock shelves at Giant. Jessica coaches the high school dance team, whose members frequently visit her class. She also helped reignite the Bulldog Buddies program which pairs each of her students with a peer in general education once a month.


2018 Outstanding New Secondary School Teacher - School Recipients

  • Bryant High School
    • Daniel Simpson, Math Teacher *
  • Centreville High School
    • Chris Campbell, Intellectual Disabilities Teacher *
  • Chantilly High School
    • Emily Clark, Math Teacher
  • Cooper Middle School
    • Emily Knupp, Biology Teacher *
  • Davis Career Center
    • Daniel Nguyen, Career and Transition Teacher
  • Edison High School
    • Antionette Morgan, English Teacher
  • Fairfax High School
    • Jessie Roy, Spanish Teacher *
  • Falls Church High School
    • Nick Hartman, History and Social Studies Teacher *
  • Glasgow Middle School
    • Kaitlyn Marmarou, Science Teacher
  • Hayfield Secondary School
    • Cece Lamoreau, Special Education Teacher *
  • Holmes Middle School
    • James Cho, Math Teacher *
  • Irving Middle School
    • Amanda Gittens, Special Education Teacher
  • J.E.B. Stuart High School
    • Emily McCloud, Mathematics Teacher *
  • Kilmer Middle School
    • Katelyn Sweeney, English Teacher
  • Lake Braddock High School
    • Maria Reisz, Spanish Teacher
  • Lake Braddock Middle School
    • Sarah Padilla, Spanish Teacher
  • Langley High School
    • Mark Witzel, History and Social Studies Teacher
  • Lee High School
    • Lisa Koch, Librarian *
  • Liberty Middle School
    • Francesca Burgess, English Teacher
  • Luther Jackson Middle School
    • Elizabeth Stapula, English Teacher
  • Madison High School
    • Sarah Bartosiak, History and Social Studies Teacher *
  • Marshall High School
    • Michael Bayyouk, Learning Disabilities Teacher *
  • McLean High School
    • Seth LeBlanc, English Teacher *
  • Oakton High School
    • Candice Tenerelli, Special Education Teacher *
  • Robinson Secondary School
    • Tess Layer, English Teacher *
  • Rocky Run Middle School
    • Michael Leonberger, Special Education Teacher *
  • Sandburg Middle School
    • Caitlin Marshall, Seventh Grade Science Teacher
  • South Lakes High School
    • Nicole Marinucci, Math Teacher *
  • Twain Middle School
    • Erin Murphy, Science Teacher *
  • West Potomac High School
    • Mark Klucharich, History and Social Studies Teacher
  • West Springfield High School
    • Madison McKenna, Special Education Teacher *
  • Westfield High School
    • Jessica Magarelli, Multiple Disabilities Teacher *
  • Woodson High School
    • Maria Fidler, Spanish Teacher *

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient