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.