Shari Vandygriff, an eighth grade English teacher at Berkeley Middle School, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by Williamsburg-James City County Schools. Vandygriff has been with the school division since 2009 and is the English curriculum leader at Berkeley.
Superintendent Steve Constantino announced Vandygriff as the honoree at a reception on Wednesday.
"Ms. Vandygriff described teaching as not just a career but a calling," Constantino said. "She described her learning environment as student-centered and designed to promote active student engagement. As one who believes collaboration helps her grow as an educator, Ms. Vandygriff models and teaches her students to collaborate and work together."
Vandygriff also led the Write Talk program at Berkeley, where members of the community teach students about the importance of writing.
A statement on the the WJCC website said Vandygriff's students describe her as "humorous, prepared, sets high expectations, admits mistakes, positive, approachable, and makes every student feel they belong."
Vandygriff is also the 2016 middle school teacher of the year in WJCC. Bryan Cole, a fifth grade teacher at Matthew Whaley Elementary School, won Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Chris Eames, a math teacher at Jamestown High School, was named High School Teacher of the Year.