Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Dan Reichard has been named the Virginia Region Three Teacher of the Year. Notification came during a surprise visit to the school by Gov. Ralph Northam on Sept. 5, according to a school news release.
Reichard is the current Stafford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and The Washington Post Teacher of the Year, the release states.
Reichard is one of eight finalists for the 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year award; each representing one of The Commonwealth’s eight superintendents’ regions. Each candidate submitted portfolios highlighting accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.
“It is a genuine honor to have been chosen as representative of the dedicated, creative and innovative teaching and learning that is taking place daily in Stafford County Public Schools,” said Reichard.
“Mr. Reichard represents the best of the teaching profession and all of us in Stafford County Public Schools are very proud of his accomplishments and passion," division Superintendent Scott Kizner said.
Next week, the selection panel will interview each of the eight regional teachers to select the 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be announced Sept. 14.
Reichard earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University.