Mason doctoral student named Virginia Teacher of the Year


George Mason University doctoral student Jeffery W. Keller is the 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by Governor Glenn Youngkin during a livestreamed event held on May 18, 2023, in Richmond, Virginia.

Jeffery Keller
Jeffery Keller. Photo provided

Keller, who is also a Mason alum with a master’s degree in history, is a history teacher at John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, and is currently pursuing his PhD in education with a primary specialization in teaching and teacher education at Mason.

Upon being named recipient of this prestigious award, Keller stated, “It’s exciting. It’s validation for hard work and long hours...I am thankful for my students too, it’s really for them. They’re what it’s all about.”

“Jeffery encourages each of his students to set high goals and creates pathways for them to achieve excellence,” said Lisa Coons, Virginia superintendent of public instruction. “I am looking forward to visiting Handley High and watching him in action. Jeffery and our other regional teachers of the year are going to be outstanding ambassadors for the commonwealth’s teachers and public schools.”

Keller was one of eight individuals chosen to represent their respective school districts as the 2024 regional teacher of the year. Following an interview with each of the commonwealth’s eight regional winners, a Virginia Department of Education selection committee named Keller as the winner of the commonwealth award.

Keller will now be representing Virginia on the national stage as nominee for 2024 National Teacher of the Year. The winner of the national competition will be announced next spring during a ceremony to be held at the White House.