Newport News Schools update for July 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 – 20 Teachers of the Year

Newport News Public Schools’ 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year were honored at a banquet in May. The evening also brought the announcement of the elementary, middle, high school and NNPS Teacher of the Year.

Andy Perry is the Divisionwide and Middle School Teacher of the Year. Perry is a 7th grade life science and advanced physical science teacher at Crittenden Middle School, with seven years of experience. Perry serves as the STEM lead teacher. He works to build his students’ confidence so that they learn to take risks. Perry’s students guide their own learning through problem-based activities, student centered projects and hands-on labs. Perry makes learning come alive.

Karla Bradley is the Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Bradley is a library media specialist at Discovery STEM Academy, with 17 years of experience. Bradley believes that the school librarian is an instructional partner to teachers and the school leadership team. She meets with the leadership team and grade level lead teachers to review and discuss student data to ensure her library lessons align with the curriculum. Bradley encourages her students to become avid readers and researchers.

Kimberly Horton is the High School Teacher of the Year. Horton teaches Algebra II at Heritage High School and has 13 years of experience in education. Horton encourages students to own their learning through student-led lessons and peer-led instruction. She takes the time to get to know her students so that she can equip them with what they need to be successful.

Virginia SkillsUSA First Place Champions

Hundreds of students from across the state gathered in Virginia Beach for the state SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in April. Three students in the Newport News Public Schools’ telecommunications program earned first place in the OSHA Rules, Regulations and Procedures competition. The team consisted of Jerrl Bailey, a junior at Warwick High School and Seth Hursey and Michael McClellan, juniors at Woodside High School.

The student team created an occupational safety and health administration rules scrapbook to display their research in the video production occupational area. They also created a video as one of their projects for the competition, which answered questions about safety rules and precautions with the television production vehicle. The competition also included an interview by a panel of judges.

The team advanced to the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is a national organization of high school and college students enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations.

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