Balloons, banners and flowers filled the classrooms of three teachers at Chesterfield County schools today. School Board members and school division leaders announced the 2018 Teachers of the Year for elementary, middle and high school and the countywide Teacher of the Year at a surprise celebration during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Kyle King is Chesterfield County Public Schools’ 2018 Teacher of the Year, as well as the school division’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. King joined the school division in 2015 as the librarian at Robious Elementary. Before coming to Chesterfield County, she was an elementary school teacher in Fairfax County for 12 years. King earned a Master of Education from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College. King is known for her vision of the library serving as the center of the school. While she focuses on literacy, King takes time to bring in other engaging teaching techniques to create innovative learning opportunities. Through BRAIN-related learning centers, her students build, use reference materials, engage in art, access resources through the Internet and practice note-taking. The library is not just a place to check out books, but a place to interact with knowledge, use one’s imagination and explore both online and printed materials to have a powerful learning experience.
“Mrs. King is making a difference now and for decades to come,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “Her principal notes that she not only comes up with ideas, she makes them happen. She is willing to go above and beyond to provide her students with access to resources that will enhance their creativity, imagination and love of reading.”