LCPS Names Educator/MVP of the Year

LCPS Names Educator/MVP of the Year
Posted on 09/23/2020

A fourth-grade teacher known for exciting classroom transformations and an instructional assistant with 50 years of experience were honored by Louisa County Public Schools on Wednesday, September 23rd as the top certified and classified employees in the school division!


Trevilians Elementary School teacher Felicia Clements received the 2020 William G. Thomas Educator of the Year Award, which honors the top educator at LCPS. Jouett Elementary School instructional assistant Mary Robinson, who has serviced students and teachers at LCPS since 1970, was named the 2020 Wallace L. Tingler MVP of the Year, which goes to the school division’s top classified employee. 


The two were honored at a ceremony at Tavern on the Green at Spring Creek on Wednesday night, where they were two of 13 honorees being celebrated. The school division hosts an annual awards ceremony each year, where every school in the division is represented by a classified and certified employee. The Central Office and Operations is also represented by a classified employee. Each of the 13 honorees earned their opportunity to represent their school by receiving a #TeamLCPS MVP nomination during the 2019-2020 school year. Then, a vote was held amongst each school’s employees to determine each school’s individual winner. 


From there, a panel comprised of representatives from schools throughout the county collaborated to select the 2020 William G. Thomas Educator of the Year and the 2020 Wallace L. Tingler MVP of the Year, the school division’s two most prestigious honors.


Robinson’s body of work speaks for itself. Known for her positive attitude and encouraging words, Robinson embodies the school division’s Non-Negotiables of support, high expectations, accountability, consistency, positivity, and grit. In a portfolio she compiled for the judging panel, Robinson had this to say when asked what has inspired her the most during her time as a member of #TeamLCPS.


“Over the past 50 years, I have worked at several schools within Louisa County and each time I changed schools, the one thing that remained the same was the kindness of the people that I work with,” Robinson said. “That is what inspires me. Walking into the building in the morning and being greeted by one of your administrators is so rewarding. Seeing my co-workers smiling faces in the hallway as I head to class is quite inviting. It is like music to my ears hearing the words good morning from the students.”


Meanwhile, Clements’ ingenuity and passion for education were cited as the reasons for her selection as The 2020 William G. Thomas Educator of the Year. During her three years at Trevilians Elementary School, Clements has received praise for consistently making learning fun, oftentimes by transforming her classroom. In recent months, Clements has dressed up as the Founding Fathers to bring history to life and has transformed her classroom to resemble historic Jamestown.


In her portfolio, Clements said she works to embody positivity every single day.


“I want to make sure everyone feels loved and appreciated,” Clements said. “I also work to make sure I stay positive when working with other adults in the school building and with my students’ families. I believe being positive and kind goes a very long way!”


Clements also praised LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley for helping schools maintain a positive atmosphere.


“I have found my home at #TeamLCPS and it truly does feel like a home. I mean, when the Superintendent knows you by name and has actually seen how you teach, you know you’re in the right place!” Clements said. 


At Wednesday’s ceremony, Superintendent Straley said that Clements, Robinson, and the 11 other honorees were the best of the best.


“Over the past few months, we have seen more than ever before the positive role an educator can play in the life of a student,” Superintendent Straley said. “Each of our 13 honorees do what they do each day because they are passionate about both our students and this community. People are your most valuable resource. We’ve got incredible people here on our team and I’m just so proud of each one of them. It’s an honor to be their Superintendent and I try to support them as much as they support those around them.”


Wednesday’s ceremony was the culmination of a year-long voting process known as the #TeamLCPS MVP Awards. Each week, the school division accepts nominations for students, classified staff members, certified staff members, and community members who are living out the school division’s non-negotiables. Each week, approximately 400 nominations are submitted, and one person from each of the four categories is recognized and featured in a highlight video. The weekly #TeamLCPS MVP videos have become a highlight for many people, generating thousands of views online each week.


Superintendent Straley said one of the most rewarding aspects of the process is how everyone in the community is able to be involved.


“Our nominations this year have come from people with diverse backgrounds from all across this county, and what connects them is that they’re thankful for what members of #TeamLCPS are doing for this community,” Superintendent Straley said. “It’s a real boost for our team members when they receive a nomination for doing things the right way. I’m really thankful to everyone who has submitted a nomination this school year.”


The full list of school-level MVPs of the Year who were honored on Wednesday night included:

Jouett Elementary School: Instructional assistant Mary Robinson

Moss-Nuckols Elementary School: Bookkeeper Rhonda Payne

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School: Custodian Darlene Stanley

Trevilians Elementary School: Custodian Bobby Sabins

Louisa County Middle School: Custodian Floyd Thompson

Louisa County High School: Secretary Ashley Shumaker

Central Office and Operations: Maintenance electrician Ronnie Fisher

The full list of school-level Educators of the Year  who were honored on Wednesday night included:


Jouett Elementary School: Librarian Laurie Lammonds

Moss-Nuckols Elementary School: 5th-grade teacher April Whipp

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School: Kindergarten teacher Whitney Smith

Trevilians Elementary School: 4th-grade teacher Felicia Clements

Louisa County Middle School: 8th-grade science teacher Sally Agee

Louisa County High School: Librarian Katherine Duke


Louisa County Public Schools would like to thank The William A. Cooke Foundation, Old Dominion Insurance & Investments in Winchester, and Strangehouse Skateshop for sponsoring the 2019-2020 #TeamLCPS MVP Awards process. Their support helped make the 2020 Educator/MVP of the Year process possible.


The Wallace L. Tingler Award is named after Wallace “Chuck” Tingler, a longtime member of the Louisa Education Foundation. Tingler also tremendously assisted the Louisa County community through his philanthropic efforts while serving as Chairman of the Board for the William A. Cooke Foundation and William A. Cooke, Incorporated. The William G. Thomas Award is named after Dr. William Thomas, who served as the superintendent for Louisa County Public Schools for 11 years. 

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