Teacher of the Year


2023 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 2023.

Christina Royall-Elam, King George Preschool Teacher of the Year, teaches a 4 year old class of both general education and special education students.  Chrys differentiates her instruction so that children of all abilities can learn in her classroom.  She keeps parents informed of student activities through newsletters and daily reports.  Chrys has a calm presence and her students love her!

Robin Mitchell, Potomac Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a school counselor serving students in Kindergarten, first, and second grades.  When Ms. Mitchell sees a need, she acts on it.  She has organized the permanent pickup process, helped distribute instructional packets during COVID, and coordinated the Virtual Virginia students.  Ms. Mitchell goes above and beyond for her students every day.

Sarah Ritchie, King George Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a school counselor.  Ms. Ritchie works every day to support students, teachers, and build upon the school community.  She has helped create and coordinate the Winter Drive-Thru, Red Ribbon Week, Kindness Week, and Multicultural Week in service to the students and school community.  Ms. Ritchie also sponsors the Kindness Crew, a group of students who meet after school to improve school culture, community involvement, and promote positive self esteem.   

Molly Metz, Sealston Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a Kindergarten teacher.  Ms. Metz serves as the team leader and models the importance of supporting the mission of the school while being polite, positive, and professional.  She has volunteered for running clubs, organized the snack bag program, and held monthly parent nights.  Ms. Metz remains devoted to her students and colleagues and Sealston Elementary.

Mark Fike, King George Middle Teacher of the Year, is a science teacher.  Mr. Fike welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities into his classroom and after school activities.  He devotes much time and energy in creating opportunities for students to become more involved in science and school.  He created the Outdoor Club and partners with local instructors to bring hunter safety classes to students and their families.  Mr. Fike has influenced so many young lives in such a positive way.

Lonnie Southall, King George High Teacher of the Year, is an English teacher.  Mr. Southall is a very caring and compassionate teacher who shines for his students and gives them his best at all times.  He works hard to build relationships with his students.  He provides SOL remediation to students and stays after school with students who have an interest in music to help them heighten their abilities.  Mr. Southall is well respected by both his students and his colleagues.

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