William Byrd Middle School teacher Ashley Williams was awarded the 2019 Golden Apple Award by the Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation, the single highest honor presented to a teacher by the Foundation. The award comes with a check for $3,000 and a one year lease on a Subaru Ascent from First Team Auto Mall.

She will represent Roanoke County as its nominee for Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The presentation was made at the Holiday Inn Valley View on February 20.

Apple Award winners are teachers who “go above and beyond” to make a positive impact on their students, academically or personally.

Each year the Education Foundation asks students, parents, co-workers, and administrators to nominate teachers for the Golden Apple Award. This year 105 teachers were nominated. They then completed an application form with 18 semi-finalists selected to submit a video of a classroom lesson.

As the Golden Apple Award winner, Williams received a check for $3,000 and the use of a brand new 2019 Subaru Ascent for one year, courtesy of First Team Auto Mall. Its custom plates read “GR8-TCR” (Great Teacher).

“Ashley is a phenomenal teacher in all…

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