Local Teachers Presented with Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year Awards
At a ceremony on May 18, 2017, Mr. Michael Thompson, an English teacher at Spotswood High School in Rockingham County, and Ms. Koren Ann Dellinger, a 4th grade teacher at Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg City received the 2017 Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year Awards.
The awards not only recognize the excellence of teachers serving Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Public Schools today, but also commemorate the legacy of Lucy F. Simms who was born a slave in 1856. After earning her teaching degree at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University), she returned to the Harrisonburg community and went on to teach an estimated 1,800 African-American students at segregated schools during her 56-year career. Her sincere drive, dedication to teaching, and commitment to serving her students had an immeasurable impact on our local community. The recipients of the award exemplify Ms. Simms’ tireless spirit of service and devotion.
Kevin Rose and Lindsay Brubaker of BotkinRose presented each recipient of the award with an engraved keepsake (pictured below) and a $1,000.00 cash award underwritten by the law firm.