Ginter Park teacher named Richmond Teacher of the Year

Katherine Zopp
Katherine Zopp

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A first-grade teacher at Ginter Park Elementary School has been named Richmond's 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Katherine Zopp will received her honor at a special reception held Nov. 15 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Richmond.

Zopp received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from James Madison University graduate. She was one of 49 nominees for this year's award. She has been a teacher for five years and says her greatest accomplishment "has been creating a safe classroom environment for each of my classes. I feel strongly that all children deserve to learn in a structured and positive learning environment."

Zopp is in her fourth year at Ginter Park and focusing on creating a positive and welcoming classroom.

"I feel strongly that this time spent nurturing relationships greatly affects the rest of our day. It is a chance for me to model how we treat one another and award positive student relationships," said Zopp, who received $1,000 for the honor.

Linda Williams is this year's first runner-up. She has been a teacher for 34 years, spending the last 13 teaching  English as a Second Language at Summer Hill Elementary School. The honor landed her $750.

Miles Jones Elementary School's Shana Jones-Banks is this year's second runner-up. The 12-year teaching veteran has taught pre-kindergarten through the Virginia Preschool Initiative for the past eight years. Jones-Banks received $750 for the honor.

This year's other top ten finalists include: Valerie Farnum-Bacote, George Mason Elementary; Michael Hasenfus, Open High; Jill Yarrington Jones, Mary Munford Elementary; Christine Lewis, J.L. Francis Elementary; Pamela Markie, Amelia Street School; Brionna Nomi, Elizabeth Redd Elementary; and Robert Winslow, William Fox Elementary.

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