Cosby High history teacher Christopher Averill honored as one of Virginia’s best

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Cosby High School history teacher Christopher Averill was honored as one of eight 2016 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise assembly Monday.

Averill and the other teachers were selected for their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.

"The teachers recognized today embody all of the qualities that make Virginia teachers so special," Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staple said. "They are dedicated to the academic success and well-being of their students, and they are leaders in classroom innovation."

The other seven 2016 Regional Teachers of the Year announced are as follows:

  • Lauren Osborn, an English teacher at Poquoson High in Poquoson (Region 2)
  • Stacey Rice-Lee, an English teacher at Northumberland Middle in Northumberland County (Region 3)
  • Kimberly Scott, an English and Advanced Placement Language and Composition teacher at Franklin Middle in Fairfax County (Region 4)
  • Kenneth White Jr., a theater arts and public speaking teacher at Jefferson Forrest High in Bedford County (Region 5)
  • Natalie DiFusco-Funk, a fifth-grade teacher at West Salem Elementary in Salem (Region 6)
  • Ruthanne Cole, a science teacher at Bland County High in Bland County (Region 7)
  • Edward McCann Jr., an agricultural education teacher at Appomattox County High in Appomattox County (Region 8)

The 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony October 19 in Richmond.