Outstanding Secondary Teacher, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding secondary teachers recognized for 2020

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher

Howard BrewerHoward L. Brewer Jr.
English Teacher
TSRC Alexandria, Non-Region

Howard or “Mr. B.”, as he is affectionately called, can be heard down the hallway telling his students, “I am the quietest teacher you’ll ever have.” Being a military veteran, he is the perfect mixture of authoritativeness, strategy, knowledge, wisdom, and honor. He inspires every student with “Outstanding!” and “How are you feeling today?” He makes sure that students and staff alike are accommodated with politeness, humor and respect. One colleague once said of him, “If I had to personify Mr. Brewer, I would say he is a bridge between community, education, and the past, present, and future. He is a multi-faceted inspiration to the African American, White, and Latino communities on the Richmond Highway corridor, and the Fairfax County Public School system.”

 

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher Finalist

Tim LambertTim Lambert,
JROTC Air Force Senior Instructor
Chantilly High School, Region 5

Tim greatly enjoys teaching Air Force Junior ROTC since retiring from the Air Force. His teaching focuses on character development, leadership, teamwork, and communication. Respect for all people is at the heart of his instruction. Cadets know his class is a safe place to try, and that it's okay to make a mistake. His classes stretch cadets to achieve more than they think possible. Much of AFJROTC is led by the cadets themselves. They learn that with authority comes responsibility, and that leadership is about serving others. The cadets develop positive relationships and often describe the class as "Family". He is very proud of his cadets and is honored to have the opportunity to serve them.

 

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher Finalist

Carol Ann McCollumCarol Ann McCollum
Math Teacher
Marshall High School, Region 2

Each day, when students enter Carol Ann’s classroom they are greeted with a smile and a fresh start. Throughout each of her 12 years as an educator, her mission has been for all of her students to know that she truly cares about them and their success. Carol Ann feels a calling to work with Algebra 1 and Geometry students with diverse backgrounds, academic strengths, and learning needs. She creates a welcoming environment with innovative lessons and techniques to make math accessible and enjoyable for each student. With patience and understanding, she continually encourages her students to develop the mindset and confidence they need to overcome insecurities and tackle any challenge — both inside and outside the classroom.

 

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher Finalist

Pat MitchellPat Mitchell
Speech & Drama Teacher
Hayfield Secondary School, Region 3

Pat is a proud graduate of FCPS and in his nine years of teaching, he has made building relationships with his students and creating a safe, inclusive learning environment the central focus of his theatre program. In his classroom, students develop the capacity to take risks and feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. Many of Dr. Mitchell’s students have been observed entering his classes at the beginning of the year as timid and shy, but throughout the year grow into more confident, self-assured, and resilient individuals. He teaches students to value their own uniqueness and capabilities, which foster social and academic successes extending to all aspects of his students’ lives.

 

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher Finalist

Toshieba RaglandToshieba Ragland
Family & Consumer Science Teacher
Lake Braddock Secondary School, Region 4

Toshieba vastly impacts students, staff, and parents with her charismatic attitude. As a passionate educator who always thinks of students first, she devotes countless hours beyond the classroom to support her students. A parent expressed “Our whole family has been impressed with Ms. Ragland. She captivated us with her energy, enthusiasm, passion for teaching, and her notable influence on my kids.” Her colleague said, “Toshieba is the first to arrive and last to exit the building.” As Toshieba carries many leadership roles, she identifies with and values every student as her own which makes her an indispensable FCPS educator. She is one who truly epitomizes the true meaning of “Portrait of a Graduate” for all students and Lake Braddock community.

 

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher Finalist

Jill SiltonJill Silton
Reading Teacher
South Lakes High School, Region 1

Beyond the walls of South Lakes High School, you might find Jill handing out snacks donated by Team AVID colleagues to her juniors on “SAT Test Saturday”, or she might be seated at a coffee shop preparing a former student for an upcoming reading test, the only barrier to his diploma. Landing her “dream job” when transitioning from elementary to high school, Jill works as a reading specialist and AVID Coordinator/elective teacher. In her 23rd year of teaching, Jill remains passionate. She is a tireless advocate for students while also determinedly imparting skills of self-advocacy. Her enthusiastic work with students and collaborative efforts with fellow teachers are fueled by her long-standing commitment to leveling the playing field for all students.

 

2020 Outstanding Secondary Teacher - School Recipients

  • Annandale High School
    • Karen Olarinde, Mathematics Teacher
  • Bryant High School
    • Erica LoMonaco, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • Burke School
    • Cari Schmucker, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Carson Middle School
    • Sona Sharma-Chibber, Biology Teacher *
  • Centreville High School
    • Marissa Heberer, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Chantilly High School
    • Lt Col Tim Lambert, Air Force ROTC Instructor *
  • Cooper Middle School
    • Lisa Walsh, Mathematics Teacher *
  • Davis Career Center
    • Lauren Forshay, Career & Transition Teacher
  • Edison High School
    • Kate Burton, Intellectual Disabilities Teacher
  • Fairfax County Adult High School (FCAHS)
    • Todd Kaudy, Business & Information Technology Teacher
  • Fairfax High School
    • Anna Weaver, History & Social Studies Teacher
  • Falls Church High School
    • Hannah Huggins, Spanish Teacher *
  • Franklin Middle School
    • Samantha Mullen, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Frost Middle School
    • Rachel Rubio, Emotional Disabilities Teacher
  • Glasgow Middle School
    • Kaitlyn Marmarou, ESOL Teacher
  • Hayfield Secondary School
    • Patrick Mitchell, Speech & Drama Teacher *
  • Herndon High School
    • Kim Belknap, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • Holmes Middle School
    • Sloan Waters, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • Hughes Middle School
    • Jeanette Thomas, Biology Teacher
  • Interagency Alternative Schools
    • Howard Brewer, English Teacher, TSRC Alexandria *
  • Irving Middle School
    • Andrew Croce, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • James Madison High School
    • Elizabeth Wheeler Miner, Biology Teacher *
  • Justice High School
    • Jessica Milliken, ESOL Teacher *
  • Key Center
    • Caitlin Myers, Severe Disabilities Teacher
  • Key Middle School
    • Danielle Hayek, Resource Teacher
  • Kilmer Center
    • Izabella Kalman, Severe Disabilities Teacher
  • Kilmer Middle School
    • Kara Flanery de Tichoc, History & Social Studies Teacher
  • Lake Braddock Secondary School
    • Toshieba Ragland, Family & Consumer Science Teacher *
  • Langley High School
    • Jay O'Rourke, Mathematics Teacher
  • Lanier Middle School
    • Charlie Burts, Band Music Teacher *
  • Lewis High School
    • Rachel Clausen, Biology Teacher *
  • Liberty Middle School
    • Ruth Poole, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Longfellow Middle School
    • Patrica Freeman, Mathematics Teacher *
  • Luther Jackson Middle School
    • Taylor Johnson, Health & Physical Education Teacher
  • Marshall High School
    • Carol Ann McCollum, Mathematics Teacher *
  • McLean High School
    • Rachel Baxter, History & Social Studies Teacher
  • Mount Vernon High School
    • Alan Schwalb, Learning Disabilities Teacher *
  • Mountain View Alternative High School
    • Clare Ingram, Family & Consumer Science Teacher *
  • Oakton High School
    • Angels Natal Asensio, Spanish Language Teacher
  • Quander Road School
    • Deanna Miller, WAT Teacher
  • Robinson Secondary School (High School)
    • Carleigh M. Peterson, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Robinson Secondary School (Middle School)
    • Roisin Burford, Mathematics Teacher *
  • Rocky Run Middle School
    • Rachel Sweeney, Reading Teacher
  • Sandburg Middle School
    • Kelly Lutzker, Mathematics Teacher
  • South County High School
    • Ilan Chiprut, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • South County Middle School
    • Cathryn Sethian, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • South Lakes High School
    • Jill Silton, Reading Teacher *
  • Stone Middle School
    • Mark Daugherty, General Science Teacher
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
    • Denise Castaldo, English Teacher *
  • Thoreau Middle School
    • Louisa McClanahan, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Twain Middle School
    • Khaled Noori, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • Walt Whitman Middle School
    • Beverly Wong, Resource Teacher
  • West Potomac High School, Boutilier
    • Erin Boutilier, Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • West Springfield High School
    • Emily Halstead, Spanish Language Teacher
  • Westfield High School
    • Ryan Chapman, History & Social Studies Teacher *
  • Woodson High School
    • Lauren Kinne, Biology Teacher *

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient

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