Chesapeake Public Schools is proud to announce that Ms. Daphne Fulson has been named the 2022 Virginia Teacher of the Year! The Governor made the announcement during a ceremony in front of the Executive Mansion moments ago. Ms. Fulson is a bilingual second-grade teacher at Portlock Primary School. Congratulations, Ms. Fulson, on this prestigious honor! She will be the commonwealth’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year Program.
Ms. Fulson received her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University, studied Spanish Linguistics at Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica and is currently working on her master’s degree at ODU. Daphne was the recipient of the Sue Lehmann Teaching and Learning Fellowship for the Rio Grande Valley Texas region in 2015 and received the Good to Transformational Teaching Fellowship in McAllen, Texas in 2017. While studying in Perú, Daphne was an EFL instructor for children and adults, later served as an AmeriCorps member and was the recipient of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in 2017.
Daphne was the Science Fair coordinator and University Interscholastic League Creative Writing coach for a school of 830 students in TX. She has served as a Spanish translator, a co-chair of the Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Program and as a Global Ambassador at ODU. Daphne is currently chairperson for the PBIS Committee, co-chair of the Math and STEAM Committee and is the math lead and city liaison for her school, assisting with the grade-level mathematics curriculum writing. She serves as a beginning teacher mentor and is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. Daphne enjoys traveling internationally, building homes locally with Habitat for Humanity and participating in regional spoken word competitions.