Henrico Schools crowns its top teachers, leaders for 2017

Greenlee Naughton

Greenlee Naughton

Henrico Schools employs about 3,900 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Greenlee Naughton, an English teacher at Highland Springs High School, was awarded that honor Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. Sarah DeLaney, an English teacher at Holman Middle School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division currently has 215 instructors in their first year of teaching.

Sarah DeLaney

Sarah DeLaney

Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were Deep Run High School’s Christian Nolde; Todd Tinsley of Hungary Creek Middle School; Whitney Beck of Maybeury Elementary School; and Thomas Golden of L. Douglas Wilder Middle School. Other finalists for First-Year Teacher of the Year were Amanda Scheid of Ridge Elementary School and Tuckahoe Elementary School’s Catherine McCormick.

“I work in a county with a tremendous number of very talented teachers,” said Naughton, “and the faculty members at my high school are some of the strongest and most dedicated teachers I’ve ever worked with. So to be chosen to represent this county as teacher of the year is just amazing.”

Winning the division’s top teaching honor won’t change her daily mission, Naughton said.

“I’ll get up tomorrow morning, I’ll be back in my classroom and I’ll teach my students to love literature, to love language and to be responsible citizens.”

Naughton is originally from Suffolk and is an alumna of Randolph Macon College. She received her master’s degree from the University of Richmond and her doctorate from VCU. Before joining the Highland Springs faculty in 2014, she taught at Hanover High School for eight years and for six years at schools in Charlotte, N.C. In 2012, she won an REB Award for Teaching Excellence from the Community Foundation. Both of Naughton’s parents were educators.

DeLaney is from Hanover County, where she attended Patrick Henry High School. She received a bachelor’s from the University of Mary Washington in 2011 and a teacher licensure certificate from the University of Richmond in 2016. Before deciding to pursue teaching, she worked in the horse industry; at a veterinary clinic; and doing administrative work in bookkeeping.

“I decided the classroom was where I needed to be,” said DeLaney.

The school system also announced three winners of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award: Varina High School English teacher Emily Stains; Ryan Stein, the principal of Greenwood Elementary School; and Linda Thompson, the division’s assistant director of school improvement and professional development. The three were chosen from among 31 individuals nominated by their peers for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former HCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013.