King & Queen Recognizes Educators

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Carter (left) presents a certificate to Amy Klontzaris, the school division’s Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Carter (left) presents a certificate to Amy Klontzaris, the school division’s Teacher of the Year.

The King and Queen County School Board recently recognized the school division’s Teachers of the Year.

Lawson-Marriott Elementary School’s Amy Klontzaris was chosen Teacher of the Year for the school system.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Klontzaris has held various roles in education, including serving as a Special Education Teacher at Lawson-Marriott Elementary School since 2006. As the Lead Special Education Teacher, she plays a pivotal role in ensuring that all students’ individual needs are met, fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every child feels valued and empowered.

Mrs. Klontzaris’s impact extends far beyond the classroom. As an active member of her community and various professional associations, including NASET and VASCD, she embodies the spirit of collaboration and leadership. Her involvement in community activities, such as volunteering at her church and assisting with Girl Scout Troop activities, reflects her dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

What truly sets Mrs. Klontzaris apart is her unwavering commitment to her students’ success and well-being. Through her tireless efforts and dedication, she builds meaningful connections with her students, instilling in them a sense of confidence and empowerment. Her genuine care and compassion create a nurturing environment where every child can thrive.

Mrs. Klontzaris’s impact on her students is profound and far-reaching. Through personalized instruction and unwavering support, she helps students overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. Her commitment to celebrating every success, no matter how big or small, fosters a culture of positivity and growth in her classroom.

Mrs. Klontzaris, in her application shares, “I believe my biggest impact is helping students to tackle their fears head on, and be able to help them get through their difficulties. Teaching them new strategies to help them with their weaknesses has a great impact. It also helps them to develop independence and self-advocacy skills.”

Mrs. Klontzaris’s educational journey has been marked by degrees from Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, and she continues with ongoing enrollment in a Master’s of Special Education Program at Grand Canyon University.

Ronnie Cox has been named Teacher of the Year at Central High School.

Cox got his start at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a degree in Secondary Education. Since then, he’s continued to learn and grow, getting certifications to teach history and coaching sports teams.

At Central High School and before that at New Kent High School, Cox has taught a range of subjects, from U.S. History to woodworking. But his impact goes beyond the classroom—he’s also been involved in his community, coaching youth sports and volunteering at his church.

Cox’s accolades speak volumes about his exceptional contributions to the field of education. As a recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Central High School and the Ed Mercer Teacher of the Year Award at New Kent High School, he has consistently been recognized for his outstanding dedication and leadership. Moreover, his inclusion in Richmond Magazine’s “Top Teachers” list and nominations for Who’s Who Among American Teachers are testament to the profound impact he has had on his students’ lives.

Cox, in his application, states “My greatest contribution in education is to have played a small part in the lives of thousands of young people. I only hoped to help them become the best they were destined to be. I have been blessed to see so many of them to grow into outstanding people who I now consider to be close friends. I did not go into education to have personal accomplishments, but to help my students accomplish positive things they never thought possible.”

Haley Curle has been named Teacher of the Year at King and Queen Elementary School

As she pursued her educational endeavors, Ms. Curle’s path led her to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Master’s in Elementary Education, solidifying her commitment to her lifelong dream. Alongside her academic pursuits, she engaged in community involvement, coaching cheerleading teams and embodying the spirit of mentorship beyond the classroom walls.

Ms. Curle’s professional journey has been marked by resilience and adaptability. From serving as a Kindergarten Assistant to stepping into the role of a Long-term Substitute in third grade, she navigated various challenges with grace and determination. Her experiences, though diverse, only strengthened her resolve to make a lasting impact on her students’ lives.

In her role as a Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Curle has continued to inspire and uplift her students, creating a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where every child feels valued and supported. Her genuine care and compassion for her students extend far beyond the classroom, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts and minds.

Ms. Curle’s impact extends beyond academic achievement; it lies in the profound connections she cultivates with her students, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment. By embracing innovation and adapting her teaching methods to meet the diverse needs of her students, she exemplifies the transformative power of education.

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