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April 15, 2014
After months of anticipation, the word is out: The winner of the PWCS Principal of the Year Award is David Huckestein; the PWCS Teacher of the Year is Ramona Richardson. Both were recently profiled in The Washington Post. Huckestein received the prestigious Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award; and Richardson, the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award in the Post’s long-standing regional program honoring educators.
The Post profiled the winners on April 14. Richardson will now compete for the title 2014 Virginia Region IV Teacher of the Year.
has been principal of Woodbridge High School since 2007, where he began as a teacher in 1991. Creativity, innovation, collaboration, and communication are the watch words at Woodbridge. Since Mr. Huckestein took the helm, student preparedness for college, enrollment in AP classes, and performance on AP exams have increased dramatically. Project Lead the Way, a national engineering program, grew from an enrollment of 80 to over 200; AP tests have grown from 700 to 1700. He is credited with a tremendous capacity to mentor and develop leaders.
Mr. Huckestein turned competition to collaboration among high school principals, establishing and providing vision for the first Divisionwide high school principals’ team. This is a forum for principals to problem solve and propose solutions, including developing plans to increase SOL performance, graduation rates, and participation in rigorous courses. His systemic approach to learning is changing the culture of high school education in Prince William County Public Schools.
Ramona Richardson is a hands-on instructor known for spending individual time with each student to assess their level of mastery in each subject. “She has a very caring, loving demeanor in the classroom, yet pushes the children to achieve high goals and develop self-reliance,” says a fellow teacher. Mrs. Richardson demonstrates leadership in her classroom, among her peer teachers, and in the school community. She is instrumental in seeking out grants to fund initiatives that will benefit the school. The entire school shares in the maintenance of, bounty from, and learning opportunities provided by the award-winning gardens funded through Mrs. Richardson’s successful grant proposals.
Mrs. Richardson attended the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She holds a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction and a Master of Education, ED, LD, both from George Mason University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Her teaching career has taken her to Palmyra, Virginia; Dover, Delaware; and Fort Stewart, Georgia. She joined PWCS in 1987.