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Stafford Schools announce Persons of the Year in instruction and service positions

Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has named its 2021-2022 Persons of the Year in instructional and service positions. At a dinner held in their honor, the following individuals were recognized as a division-wide Persons of the Year:

  • Tiffani Brown, Administrative Support Person of the Year, Stafford HS
  • Carolina Hall, Instructional Support Person of the Year, Kate Waller Barrett ES
  • Kevin Lynch, Teacher of the Year, Shirley C. Heim MS
  • Melissa Rivera, Professional & Technical Support Person of the Year, Widewater ES
  • Sarah Schroeder, Bandy Service Person of the Year, Alvin York Bandy Administrative Complex
  • Kayla Sloan, First Class Teacher of the Year, Mountain View HS
  • Diana Smithey, Counselor of the Year, Rodney E. Thompson MS
  • Dr. James Stemple, Principal of the Year, Mountain View HS
  • Stefanie Sullivan, Assistant Principal of the Year, Mountain View HS
  • Jean Watts, Service Support Person of the Year, Stafford HS

“I truly believe that every single person serving in education over the last two years is a Person of the Year, and it was truly a difficult decision to recognize the top person in each of these categories,” said SCPS Superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor. “We have an incredible team of passionate and engaged educators, surrounded by extraordinary support staff that are all invested in supporting our most important resource – our students. I am very proud of this group, and of the entire school division.”

During the event, the school division also recognized past award recipients from the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. For more information about Stafford County Public Schools, or to apply for a teaching vacancy, please visit

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