Teacher of the Year

TOY 24

2024 Teacher of the Year

Each year schools within King George County recognize a Teacher of the Year.  This award honors teachers who represent the best in teaching throughout the school division and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The program is open to all teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, including school librarians, counselors, and reading specialists who hold a current renewable Virginia teaching license.  The Teacher of the Year is recognized for the entire upcoming school year.  King George County Schools is thrilled to announce the exemplary candidates for 2024.



Mary Yergey, King George Preschool Teacher of the Year, teaches a 2 year old class.  Mrs. Yergey serves 2 year old students in the school setting, through home visits, and by collaborating with families.  She is a problem-solver; helping her students to learn more each day, while sharing her ideas with colleagues.  Mrs. Yergey is a team player who manages successful relationships with her families, administration, and colleagues with ease and grace.

Jennifer Jenkins, Potomac Elementary Teacher of the Year, is an art teacher, serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Mrs. Jenkins provides engaging and meaningful instruction to all of her students with a positive attitude while demonstrating a love for her students.  Mrs. Jenkins collaborates regularly with her colleagues by finding ways to incorporate cross-curricular instructruction into her art program.  Mrs. Jenkins is a visionary teacher who goes above and beyond for her students every day.

Brianna Ashton, King George Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a music teacher, serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  During Ms. Ashton's tenure as the music teacher, she has grown the chorus program, adapted to meet the needs of school events, and strengthened the quality of the music education program.  Ms. Aston provides creative and stimulating lessons for her students that often involve full-body movement and physical activity.  She also composed a new school song to help strengthen the school's identity.  

Amanda Morris, Sealston Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Morris is able to balance fundamental daily social skills and behaviors with academic skills and goals to promote student achievement.  She has the ability to inspire the love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.  Mrs. Morris portrays a positive, nurturing demeanor that enables her students to thrive under her instruction. 

Jessica Brown, King George Middle Teacher of the Year, is an English teacher and Department Chair.  Mrs. Brown is an exemplary teacher and leader at KGMS.  She goes out of her way to develop positive relationships with her students.  She takes time to get to know her students and create an environment where students feel confident and safe; enabling students to learn to their full potential.  Mrs. Brown is a highly qualified teacher who is dedicated to improving the outcomes for her students and school community everyday. 

Grant Callahan, King George High Teacher of the Year, is a NJROTC teacher. Major Callahan's greatest attribute as a leader is his ability to earn the trust and confidence of students, staff, and families to form strong bonds and create the common goal of lifelong learning, community service, and character development.  His passion for the cadets and the NJROTC unit at King George High School is unparalleled.  Major Callahan impacts the positive school culture everyday and King George High School.

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