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April 11, 2022

Kettle Run High’s Kasey Willoughby is Fauquier County’s Teacher of the Year

Kasey Willoughby, special education teacher at Kettle Run High School, accepts “Teacher of the Year” award from Cedar Run District school board member Donna Grove. (FCPS photo)
Fauquier School Board members and Superintendent Dr. David Jeck with “Teacher of the Year” winner Kasey Willoughby and nominees. (FCPS photo)
By James Jarvis
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Kettle Run High School special education teacher Kasey Willoughby has been named Fauquier County Teacher of the Year.

The Fauquier County School Board during its meeting Thursday honored the 18 teachers nominated to be Fauquier County’s representative in the Washington Post Teacher of the Year competition.

A few of Willoughby’s proudest accomplishments are her creation of the special education program STAND (See Talents and Abilities not Disabilities) and establishing a Unified Sports program. STAND and Unified Sports allow inclusion opportunities for all students in social and sports activities.

At Thursday’s meeting, each school’s Teacher of the Year nominee received a glass apple award from Board Chair Donna Grove and a $500 check from The Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation.

After the nominees were introduced, Superintendent David Jeck announced Willoughby as the Fauquier County Teacher of the Year. She will represent FCPS in the Post’s 2022 Teacher of the Year competition.

A fellow teacher said Willoughby is “‘the sparkle at the end of the hallway, a laugh that rings out, or a Christmas outfit that cannot be missed,’ and she brings this joy to her teaching and every student.”

The other nominees were (in no particular order):

-Kristine Ackerman, third-grade teacher at P.B. Smith
-Rebecca Boisvert, fifth-grade teacher at Claude Thompson Elem.
-Julie Curry, a geography teacher at Auburn Middle School
-Brooke Fisher, a kindergarten teacher at Brumfield Elem.
-Charlene Frazier, math teacher and inclusion specialist at Cedar Lee Middle School
-Christy Frear, math teacher, leader at Marshall Middle School
-Eileen Fitzsimmons, a special education teacher at Taylor Middle School
-Ryan Grimley, athletic trainer at Fauquier High School
-Jennifer McIntyre, fourth-grade teacher at Ritchie Elem.
-Cathy Medlock, family and consumer science teacher at Warrenton Middle School
-Sarah Moehl, third-grade teacher at Pierce Elem.
-Darcy Owens, reading specialist at Pearson Elem.
-Cary Poe, ITRT at Greenville Elem.
-Allison Shenk, fourth-grade math and science teacher at Grace Miller Elem.
-Katie Waddle, history teacher at Liberty High School
-Aceshia Wampler, second-grade teacher and special education chair at Bradley Elem.
-Jessica Witowski, K-2 special education instructional art teacher at Coleman Elem.
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