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McCann named Appomattox Co. Teacher of the Year

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APPOMATTOX (WSLS 10) - Katie McCann, a fifth-grade language arts teacher at Appomattox Elementary School, has been selected as the Appomattox County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Virginia Tech. Her teaching career began in Appomattox County Public Schools in 2008. During her career, she has been a fourth-grade language arts teacher at Appomattox Elementary School, a fifth-grade writing teacher/instructional coach, a school instructional coach and a reading remediation teacher.

She has participated in numerous professional development activities including Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Workshop, Interactive Achievement Trainer, Piedmont Area Reading Council and Young Writers School Coordinator.

McCann is active in the Appomattox community and in her church outreach programs at Liberty Baptist Church.  She has worked to establish a backpack program to feed children in need at Appomattox Primary School, Appomattox Elementary School and Appomattox Middle School. She has also worked with others in the community to provide needed school supplies for students.

Appomattox Elementary School Principal Karen Cyrus notes "Mrs. McCann is an encourager by nature who seeks to build relationships with students that foster their leadership abilities and build within them a sense of self-efficacy.  She exemplifies for students and colleagues a strong work ethic, a belief in the innate goodness of every individual, and a joy for learning all things new."

McCann will now move on to participate in the 2017 Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program.  This program honors teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.