2024 Teacher of the Year

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Winchester History Teacher Named 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Jeffery W. Keller, a history teacher at John Handley High School in Winchester, was named the 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year during a livestreamed announcement by Governor Glenn Youngkin on May 18, 2023. Keller is now Virginia’s nominee for 2024 National Teacher of the Year. Read the May 18, 2023, news release for more information.

Regional Teachers of the Year

John Aughenbaugh HeadshotRegion 1

John R. Aughenbaugh 

  • New Kent High School
  • New Kent County Public Schools
  • Career and Technical Education 

Craig Reynolds HeadshotRegion 2

Craig T. Reynolds

  • Magruder Elementary School 
  • York County Public Schools
  • PreK-Grade 5 Elementary Education  

Amy Gregory HeadshotRegion 3

Amy L. Gregory 

  • Hamilton Holmes Middle School 
  • King William County Public Schools
  • Grades 6-8 Special Education 

Jeffery Keller HeadshotRegion 4

Jeffery W. Keller

  • John Handley High School
  • Winchester Public Schools
  • Grades 9-12 Social Studies 

Brandy Johnson HeadshotRegion 5

Brandy H. Johnson

  • Shelburne Middle School
  • Staunton Public Schools
  • Grade 7 Language Arts

Jennifer Hatch HeadshotRegion 6

Jennifer M. Hatch

  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School 
  • Franklin County Public Schools
  • Grade 7 Mathematics

Melanie Smith HeadshotRegion 7

Melanie P. Smith

  • Chilhowie Elementary School 
  • Smyth County Public Schools
  • PreK-Grade 5 Library Media

Tequisha Stiles HeadshotRegion 8

Tequisha L. Stiles

  • James Solomon Russell Middle School 
  • Brunswick County Public Schools
  • Grade 8 English