Teacher of the year standing with the principal, superintendent, and a school board member

CCPS Proud

The Chesterfield County School Board recognizes additional student and staff achievements at their monthly board meetings, and you can read about more accomplishments in CCPS on the Go, the printed newsletter that goes to every household in Chesterfield County.

Meet The Teachers Of The Year

See how we surprised our Teachers of the Year! Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools leaders notify the top three Teachers of the Year of their selection by sweeping into their classrooms with balloons, banners and big excitement. This video shows the moments that this year's honorees heard the good news. Congratulations to Brian McGill, Kathryn Clarke, J.P. Gates and all of our Teachers of the Year!

Headshot of Brian McGill

Brian McGill

Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year
Middle School Teacher of the Year

Brian McGill, who teaches English at Tomahawk Creek Middle School, is the 2024 Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year. He has taught in Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2008, first at Carver Middle and since 2020 at Tomahawk Creek Middle. Previously, he taught in schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Tomahawk Creek Middle Principal Rebecca Thompson said, “Brian has been an amazing addition to our Tomahawk Creek English department. I am truly in awe of his ability to connect with his students and his uncanny ability to ignite the passion for reading into his students. Not only does he encourage students to stretch themselves academically, he also gives students the tools to be independent thinkers and researchers.”

Asked about his impact on students, McGill wrote, “I ensure education transcends the classroom by taking the lessons we have learned through literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and apply it to real life situations. One may think that applying it to ‘real life situations’ means societal issues, and that is true, but first I make the students apply it to themselves. Why? Because we cannot control society, we can contribute to it on an individual level, so I start with the individual.”

McGill earned his bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and master’s degree from Villanova University.

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J.P. Gates

Elementary School Teacher of the Year

J.P. Gates, PE teacher at Greenfield Elementary, is the Elementary School Teacher of the Year. He has taught in Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2007, first at Watkins Elementary and since 2015 at Greenfield Elementary.

He grew up in Chesterfield County and attended Chalkley Elementary, Jacobs Road Elementary, Manchester Middle and Manchester High, then earning his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Greenfield Elementary Principal Jenny Andrews said this about the difference Gates makes: “Mr. Gates has dedicated his teaching career to the total well being of students. He cares about students’ physical, mental, and emotional wellness and strives each day to ensure these needs are met. Mr. Gates’ official position here at Greenfield is physical education teacher, but a better name for his position might be that of life coach. He makes it his mission to teach students skills that they will carry into their lifetime. … The students and our community would all agree — there is no other teacher like Mr. Gates.”

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Kathryn Clarke

High School Teacher of the Year

Kathryn “Katy” Clarke, program coordinator for the Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies and technology education teacher at Bird High, is the High School Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County Public Schools. She began her career at Bird High in 2009, left for five years to teach at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, then returned in 2021 to Bird High.

Clarke grew up in Chesterfield County and attended Ecoff Elementary, Salem Church Middle and Bird High. Fun fact: Adrienne Blanton, now principal at Bird High, was her math teacher and cheerleading coach at Salem Church Middle. Clarke earned her bachelor’s degree from Longwood University.

Bird High science teacher Patricia Raybould, who taught Clarke when she was a high school student and is now a colleague, said this: “For as long as I have known Katy, she has been passionate about education and working with young people. Even as a high school student, Katy took on leadership positions. … As Director of the Governor’s Academy, she has fostered a similar environment within the faculty that teaches the engineering students. However, her passion for the student experience doesn’t stop with the students in our program. Katy has volunteered as a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) committee to help ALL students at Bird have a positive experience in our building and learn the skills they will need as adults. … Katy has the ability to find joy in almost every situation.”

Here are Teachers of the Year from every school in Chesterfield County Public Schools:

Game Changers

Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of our students; offer support and access to resources that assist their colleagues; provide an extra layer of support for families outside of the classroom; and who generally make a positive and sometimes life-changing difference in the lives of our students, families and their colleagues.

Each month, Superintendent Merv Daugherty chooses four staff members from each magisterial district to be recognized for outstanding service. One central office member will be recognized monthly as well. Anyone can nominate employees for the Game Changer award.

Below are our most recent Game Changers:

January 2024 Game Changer Awards

Hall Of Fame

Chesterfield County Public Schools has benefited from the talents of outstanding teachers, educational and operational support staff, leaders and volunteers over the past 150-plus years. The success of our nationally recognized school division can be attributed to their outstanding contributions to support our teachers and students. Their talent and dedication is ever-present in the outcomes we see today.

The school system is built on the talents of outstanding teachers, educational and operational support staff members, leaders and volunteers. Their abilities and dedication are why Chesterfield County Public Schools — the largest school division in central Virginia — is a a nationally recognized, award-winning school system. The Hall of Fame, which inducted its first honorees in 2021, was established to recognize their lasting impact.

2023 Honorees

The Hall of Fame of Chesterfield County Public Schools inducted seven new members on March 23, in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in support of students and schools. The new honorees were inducted on March 23 during the Chesterfield County Public Schools Hall of Fame Gala, presented by the Chesterfield Education Foundation in partnership with TowneBank. Proceeds from the Hall of Fame Gala will go to support Conexus for children’s vision.

The new honorees will join the inaugural inductees from 2021: Jamie Accashian, Dr. Jane Baskerville, Dr. Billy Cannaday, Greg Cummings, Ralph Floyd, Betty Hornick, Deloris Jackson, Sue Robertson, Dianne Smith, Louan Stanfield and Jack Winn.

Short videos highlight each honoree’s career:

Nominations

Nominations are open for the next round of Hall of Fame inductees. Use this form to nominate retired teachers, educational and operational support staff members, leaders and volunteers who helped make Chesterfield County Public Schools a nationally recognized, award-winning school system.

Superintendent's All-County Team 2023-24

In fall, winter and spring, high school students from throughout Chesterfield County Public Schools are honored for excellence in VHSL activities and sports.

Each quarter, about 100 students are named to all-county teams, and another 100 receive honorable mentions.

Events celebrating honorees are sponsored by the Chesterfield Education Foundation.

Fall 2023

Write Now

Artwork, poetry, fiction and nonfiction created by students in grades 6-12 join together in our digital literary magazine, Write Now! Online editions allow people across the world to enjoy the work of Chesterfield County Public Schools students.