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Chaselle McConnell Named State Teacher of the Year

The Virgin Islands Department of Education held its 2024-2025 State Teacher of the Year (STOTY) Selection Ceremony on St. Croix on Saturday, June 15, 2024. This special occasion took place at Government House and was attended by dignitaries and special guests, including Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., Senator Marise James, Chair of the Committee on Education and Worforce Development, Commissioner Dionne Wells-Hedrington, Ed.D., St. Croix District Acting Insular Superintendent, Carla Bastian-Knight, Ed.D., VIDE District Leadership, school administrators, staff, family, friends, and well-wishers. 

The ceremony celebrated excellence in education and recognized the outstanding contributions of the two State Teacher of the Year finalists, Ms. Chaselle McConnell (St. Croix Educational Complex High School- STX District) and Mrs. Chevell Simeon (Charlotte Amalie High School- STTJ District).

At the VIDE, we are Public School Proud and particularly proud to acknowledge both teachers who exemplify the dedication, passion, and commitment that define exceptional educators. Their unwavering commitment to their students serves as a beacon of inspiration. In an exciting announcement by Commissioner Wells-Hedrington, Ms. Chaselle McConnell was named the 2024-2025 State Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Ms. McConnell on this well-deserved achievement.

The VIDE extends special thanks to our generous sponsors: Cheryl’s Gift Baskets, Mrs. Jennifer Matarangas-King of VIYA, Ms. Rebecca Waterfall of Liberty VI, and Mr. & Mrs. Dupart Knowles and Rose Benjamin of Island Toyota who sponsored a car for one year for Ms. McConnell as the STOTY. Gratitude is also extended to the STOTY Planning Committee for organizing a beautiful and memorable event.

Be sure to view Ms. McConnell's and Mrs. Simeon "Why I Teach" videos!

Chaselle McConnell-

Chevell Simeon-


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