Rockefeller and Glascock rookie teachers of the year
Elizabeth Glascock from Warrenton Middle School and Katelyn Rockefeller from Grace Miller Elementary received the new teacher award last week.
An elementary music teacher and middle school civics teacher have both received Fauquier public school’s Rookie Teacher of the Year award.
Katelyn Rockefeller, 24, a music teacher at Grace Miller Elementary and Annie Glascock, 23, a civics teacher at Warrenton Middle got the award in recognition of their outstanding work as first-year teachers.
Superintendent David Jeck gave each teacher a certificate and a $500 check funded through a grant from Apple Federal Credit Union Educational Foundation on May 2.
Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year
A native of Fauquier County, Ms. Rockefeller attended M.M. Pierce Elementary School, Taylor Middle School, and graduated from Liberty High School in 2012.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2016 and a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech in 2017.
“As a first-year music teacher, Katie has gone above and beyond in helping all students succeed,” said assistant principal Michelle Breslin.
Ms. Rockefeller always loved working with children, but key adults in her life influenced her to become a teacher.
“I had some very caring and great teachers that I learned a lot from, especially Rich Griffith and Pat Neidich, my middle school and high school band directors,” Ms. Rockefeller said. “They started my love for music, and if it wasn’t for them, I don’t think that I would be teaching music.”
Her parents, Brian and Jennifer Rockefeller, have worked as occupational therapists for Fauquier County Public Schools for many years.
Looking back on her first year, Ms. Rockefeller believes she made the right career choice.
“I love working with all the children. Each student has a different personality, and I enjoy trying to connect with each student to figure out what each student needs to succeed,” she said. “I enjoy the moment that a concept you are teaching finally clicks, or a student finally understands why we do something.”
She considers herself a lifelong learner and appreciates the learning opportunities she experiences as a teacher.
“Even though I just got out of school, I am constantly learning whether that is something new, or a new strategy to teach, or something that the children teach me,” she said.
Ms. Rockefeller credits the support of her colleagues at Grace Miller for her success this year.
The advice she would give to new teachers is to lean on the experts nearby and to ask plenty of questions.
“My resource team and administration have been super supportive and helpful with all my questions. I don’t think anyone around me expected me to have all the answers, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.”
In her free time, Rockefeller likes to cook, bake, craft, and spend time with her family and play the clarinet.
Secondary Rookie Teacher of the Year
Annie Glascock’s path to becoming a teacher started as a student in Fauquier County.
A native of Marshall, Ms. Glascock graduated from Fauquier High School in 2012.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2016 and a master’s degree in education in 2017 from Christopher Newport University.
“She keeps her students engaged, and her lessons are creative, hands-on and interactive,” assistant principal Karyn Spahr said. “Anyone visiting her classroom can feel her love of teaching.”
“I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I owe a lot of it to the amazing teachers I had throughout my life, many of whom are still in the county — Cheryl Ward, Kara Fewell, and my own dad (Robert Glascock),” Ms. Glascock said.
“The relationships I had, and continue to have, with teachers in this county shows me that teachers can have a lasting impact on your life. That is exactly the type of educator I plan to be.”
Her father, Robert Glascock, has taught in the county for 35 years and is currently a physical education teacher at Fauquier High School.
Ms. Glascock’s aunt, Mel Brown is an instructional technology resource teacher at Marshall Middle; her sister, Brandy Glascock, currently works in the front office at Fauquier High School and her grandmother, Paula Glascock, retired a few years ago after working in the guidance office at Fauquier High School.
“We obviously love this county,” Ms. Glascock said.
Ms. Glascock’s favorite things about teaching are the unexpected moments and rich discussions with her students.
“I teach civics, so there are often these unexpected life lessons that get brought into classroom conversations,” she said. “We have had life talks about mental health, life choices, college, and those are some of the best lessons I had with my students.
“They are moments that I did not plan for, but they have been some of my favorite memories throughout this year.”
However, Ms. Glascock admits the first year of teaching can be tough.
To overcome the challenges, she offers two pieces of advice for rookie teachers:
“The first, get to know your students. Most teachers say this, but I cannot stress enough how much that helps. Go to events, support your students, and remind them of the good you see in them beyond academics,” Ms. Glascock said.
“The second, let your students get to know you. It is not fair for us to expect students to be open with us if we are not open with them. Let your students ask you questions and give them honest answers. Let them know about your life, your stories, your past, and even your mistakes. It will help them to see you as a person and not just a body in a room.”
Ms. Glascock enjoys spending time with family and close friends. Her favorite travel destination is the Outer Banks, N.C.