Whetzel named top regional school board member

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — Karen Whetzel, chairwoman of the Shenandoah County School Board, has been named the Valley’s Regional Teacher of the Year by the Virginia School Boards Association.

The group announced its four regional award winners during its annual convention in Williamsburg on Nov. 16.

The other winning board members are Camilla Washington of Fluvanna County, Scott Albrecht of Manassas and Raymond Kohl of Galax.

Whetzel said while she is “honored” to win the award, she credits the win to the school board’s five other members, who nominated her.

“It’s all about the board working together,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of tough decisions over the years.”

Whetzel referenced the board’s recent approval of plans to change school boundary lines to combat overcrowding at two elementary schools, as well as a 25-year master plan for the renovation of school facilities, as some of the decisions the board has made in the last year.

“I can’t say enough good things about the board,” she said. “We’ve really stuck together, and it shows a lot of hard work and dedication.”

Whetzel lives in New Market. She was a teacher and administrator in Shenandoah County Public Schools from 1971 until her retirement in 2009.

County Supervisor Dick Neese, who represents the New Market area, praised Whetzel’s win on Tuesday.

“She’s been very involved in education all her life, and it’s good that she’s being recognized,” he said.

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