Melissa Follin named 2019 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year

Melissa Follin, a third-grade teacher at Old Donation School, is the 2019 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence made the announcement at the annual Teacher of the Year dinner May 3 at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center and visited her classroom May 4 to recognize her in front of her students.

Follin, who has been teaching for 14 years, was selected from an initial pool of 87 Teachers of the Year. She was among five finalists that the selection committee observed in class and interviewed to determine the citywide winner. The other finalists were: Kathleen Trace, an English teacher at Salem High School; Rebecca Robbins, kindergarten teacher at Diamond Springs Elementary School; Gregory Hogan, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Plaza Middle School; and Katherine Anderson, an English teacher at Ocean Lakes High School.

As the 2019 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year, Follin will drive a 2017 FIAT 500X Trekking free for one year thanks to a sponsorship with Southern Auto Group. Follin also received $1,000 from the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, $1,000 from the Department of Teaching and Learning to spend on instructional supplies for her classroom, a $200 Massage LuXe spa package, a week’s stay in an Orlando villa, and $500 from McDonald’s Restaurant.

Learn more about Follin in this news release, finalist profile and finalist video.

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