Biggers Named Elementary New Teacher of the Year

 

Amber Biggers, a first-grade teacher at Round Hill Elementary School, is the 2020 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Elementary New Teacher of the Year.

 

Biggers’ administrative team, fellow teachers and parents wrote enthusiastically about her teaching skills in their nomination letters.  

 

“Ms. Biggers has established herself as a true professional who seeks to inspire and teach children,” wrote Principal Andrew Davis. “Her thoughtful, consistent manner is the perfect recipe for a successful teacher who will make a difference in the lives of students for many years to come.”

 

“Ms. Biggers is a student’s teacher,” wrote Assistant Principal Daneesha Davis. “Students know that she cares, and she celebrates each one.”

 

“I have never had a protégé who taught me as much as Ms. Biggers has about teaching and connecting with my students,” wrote fellow first-grade teacher Emily Nelson, who also serves as Biggers’ teacher mentor. “I am constantly impressed by her instructional skills, poise and natural teaching ability.”

 

“Ms. Biggers has a natural ease to her teaching, one that you commonly see in veteran teachers,” wrote parents Jaime and Jay Giles. “Her calm, kind demeanor allows students to feel safe and happy, which, in turn, allows for a positive learning environment.”   

 

“Each time I enter her classroom, I am amazed at how each child is happily engaged and learning around the room,” parent Cory Joseph wrote. “She is not only amazing with children, but with parents. Each email or question I have sent Ms. Biggers has been answered quickly. This includes weekends and snow days.”

 

Biggers has 24 students in her classroom, seven of whom are English language learners. She co-teaches with an English learner teacher and reading teacher every day. Her collaboration and communication skills were two things that stood out in her nomination packet. She is an active member of the school-wide Deeper Learning Committee and is devoted to planning a clear outcome for next year’s computer science goals. In addition, Biggers’ peers appreciate her drive to differentiate instruction and ensure each student has opportunities to succeed.

 

In addition to her duties at Round Hill, Biggers is an assistant coach for the Loudoun Valley High School varsity volleyball team.

 

Biggers received her master’s degree in teaching from Christopher Newport University. She is a 2014 graduate of Woodgrove High School, where she was a member of the Teacher Cadet program.

 

Biggers was informed of her award by Principal Andrew Davis, Director of Human Resources and Talent Development Robert Phillips and Supervisor of Mentoring and Coaching Julie Baye.

 

Past recipients of this award include Kelsey Stiles, Rolling Ridge Elementary (2017); Katherine Christovich, Sterling Elementary (2018); and Jessica Bourscheid, Evergreen Mill Elementary (2019).

 

 

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