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Teaching & Learning PartnershipsClinical Faculty Member of the Year Award

The Office of Clinical Experiences and the Department of Teaching and Learning have partnered to create a Clinical Faculty of the Year award to recognize the good work of the teachers in schools mentoring and coaching Old Dominion University teacher candidates. Specifically, this award recognizes two teachers in grades P-12 who worked with an Old Dominion University teacher candidate during a student teaching experience in the past academic year. University supervisors who supervise student teachers, Old Dominion University faculty members, and the student teachers themselves were asked to nominate clinical faculty during the fall and spring semesters.

2021-2022 Award Recipients

Each year, the Office of Clinical Experiences at Old Dominion University solicits nominations for Clinical Faculty Members of the Year. The winners are selected by a placement specialist in the Office of Clinical Experiences, Ms. Brenda Hauck, and the co-chairs of the School-University Partnership Committee: Ms. Jennessa Libby-Reynolds and Dr. Jori Beck. We are pleased to announce the awardees for the 2021-2022 school year!

Elementary Education Winner: Kristy Hannah, Deep Creek Central Elementary School, Chesapeake Public Schools

Kristy Hannah currently teaches second grade at Deep Creek Central Elementary School in Chesapeake, Va. She has taught first, second, and third grade and has been working with student teachers, observation students, and practicum students for 12 years. She has expertise in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social emotional learning--including building relationships with students. Kristy's nominator noted, "Ms. Hannah is the epitome of a supportive coach for teacher candidates. She has the ability to organize and create a plan for phasing in teaching responsibilities. She provides thoughtful and constructive feedback on a consistent basis."

Secondary Education Winner: Maureen Webber, Great Bridge Middle School, Chesapeake Public Schools

Maureen Webber has taught for 28 years and is currently a 7th grade Life Science teacher at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Va. She spent 12 years of her career in the elementary classroom and mentored several student teachers in 4th and 5th grade. She earned the 2014-2015 City-Wide Teacher of the Year in Chesapeake, and she has expertise in classroom management--including developing a school-wide discipline plan. Maureen's student teaching intern provided the following as part of her nomination, "I am truly thankful I was assigned Mrs. Webber as my mentor/clinical faculty. Because of her, I feel I am ready to take on my own classroom next year."

Prior Winners

We recognize past recipients of this award:


  • Leah Donohue, Salem High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Rhonda Hawks, Chalkley Elementary School, Chesterfield County Public Schools


  • Amy Gortz, Larchmont Elementary School, Norfolk Public Schools
  • Cherie Parkin, Greenbrier Primary, Chesapeake Public Schools

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