Albemarle Innovators: Volume 1, Issue 2

Albemarle InnovatorsAlbemarle Innovators is a publication that celebrates the work of teachers in Albemarle County Public Schools. Issue 2 of Albemarle Innovators highlights librarian Anita Mays and her introduction of maker tubs at Baker-Butler Elementary School; kindergarten teacher Deb Zehnter’s use of genius hour at Broadus Wood Elementary; and the Crozet Elementary fifth grade team’s work on studying the water quality of community streams and rivers. Continue reading

Albemarle Innovators: Volume 1, Issue 1

Albemarle InnovatorsWe’re highlighting the innovative work of our teachers and staff through a new publication, Albemarle Innovators! In this inaugural issue, we’re celebrating Erin Percival, Science 6 and Creative Design teacher at Sutherland; Andrew Sherogan, Art teacher at Meriwether Lewis; and Albemarle High School’s Team 19. Read Issue 1 »


Do you know someone in your school or department who deserves recognition for their innovative work with students? Continue reading

ACPS Ranked 5th Best School District in the State

ACPS in the NewsA national education assessment company has ranked Albemarle County Public Schools among the top five school divisions in Virginia. Niche, which each year evaluates more than 100,000 public and private schools and divisions based on a comprehensive survey of performance data and the views of more than 27 million students and parents, also placed Albemarle County Public Schools in the top two percent of all school divisions in the nation. Read our press release »

CBIC Honors Katina Dudley as Educator of the Year

CBIC-LogoCongratulations to our three finalists this year for the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s Educator of the Year award: Karen Heathcock, who teaches third grade at Broadus Wood; Anne Geraty, a gifted resource teacher at Meriwether Lewis; and Katina Dudley, director of and teacher at Monticello High School’s Health and Medical Sciences Academy. Katina received the award, which recognizes excellence in classroom innovation. Continue reading

Monticello’s Learning Commons Receives National Coverage

Earlier this year, when Monticello High School’s Learning Commons won the 2015 Magna Award, Albemarle County Public Schools became the first school division in the country to twice be honored by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a national leader in innovative school programming. In its June 2015 issue of American School Board Journal, NSBA highlights the Learning Commons as an example of our division’s emphasis on project-based learning and on developing greater creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among all students. Read the cover story, Making It Real: The Maker movement spurs students to rediscover the joy of creating.

Also, check out NSBA’s YouTube feature:

2015 Golden Apple Awards Honored 28 ACPS Teachers

Golden Apple LogoYesterday evening’s 14th annual Golden Apple celebration honored 28 Albemarle County Public Schools teachers, including Gabrielle Schoppa of Burley Middle School, winner of the 21st Century Learning in the Classroom project grant. Sponsored by Better Living Building Supply and Better Living Furniture, the Golden Apple program recognizes performance excellence and curriculum innovations by teachers in our region. Read our news release »

Meriwether Lewis Teacher Wins Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award

Va-Lottery-Super-TeacherMeriwether Lewis Elementary kicked off this morning with a school-wide assembly to celebrate 3rd grade teacher, Anne Straume. Lottery officials were in attendance to surprise Anne with a 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award, including a cash prize from the Virginia Lottery and a $2,000 classroom supply credit from The Supply Room Companies. One of eight teachers selected across the state, Anne was honored for her passion, innovation and creativity as an educator, as well as her commitment to parental and family involvement in the classroom. Continue reading

Pam Moran Named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year!

Pam MoranYesterday evening at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Annual Awards Banquet, our very own Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Pamela Moran, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Moran was selected from a pool of eight regional finalists chosen from 133 superintendents in the state. In presenting the award, VASS President Alan Seibert said, “Pam Moran has demonstrated inspirational leadership in reducing major gaps among her economically disadvantaged students graduating ready for post-secondary learning.” He added, “What is particularly remarkable about Pam’s accomplishment is that it was achieved in six years under extreme budget pressure with a significant increase in the number of disadvantaged students.” Read the VASS press release »

ACPS Alumna Credits Destination Imagination (and Jim Asher!) for Her Success

DI LogoKate Bishop, ACPS alumna and current PhD student in Anthropology at the University of California, has received the National Geographic Young Explorers Grant, a prestigious grant designed to support our world’s most promising explorers. In an article posted earlier this month by Destination Imagination (DI), Kate took the opportunity to attribute who she is as a person and an archaeologist to her DI experience. She specifically thanked our own Burley Middle School principal, Jim Asher, for being a fabulous DI team manager and “the world’s most patient, supportive man.” Kate went on to say, “As a child, I had no idea the impact Destination Imagination was having on my life. Today, I can’t imagine where I would be without it.” Read the DI blog post »

Crozet Elementary School Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Crozet Rain Garden Ribbon CeremonyCongratulations to Crozet Elementary for being named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only four K-12 schools in Virginia this year! Out of more than 135,000 schools and universities in the nation, Crozet joins only 57 others in receiving this distinction. Way to be stewards of our environment! Read our news release »

Check out NBC 29’s coverage »