FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tiffany Woods, Director for Public Relations
Virginia Heights Elementary Teacher Tracey Nielsen Named
2012 RCPS Teacher of the Year
Virginia Heights Elementary teacher Tracey Nielsen, who works.with deaf and hearing impaired
students, is the 2012 Roanoke City Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She received a $1,000
check from Lumos Networks and also received a $500 check from the Greater Raleigh Court
Civic League (GRCCL) for the.GRCCL Roanoke City Teacher Award during the TOY banquet
last night at the Jefferson Center. Nielsen has taught in Roanoke City Schools for nearly 15
years, and she recently received the Job Turner Award for Excellence in teaching students who
are deaf or hard of hearing.
Virginia Heights Principal Linda Butts says, "We are all very proud of Tracey and her
accomplishment as the Teacher of the Year. She is very deserving of the award due to her
dedication to student success, strong community outreach, and extensive parent partnerships. She
exemplifies what it means to be an educator."
The 27 Teacher of the Year nominees were invited for an afternoon of pampering at Zee's Salon
before being escorted by Prestige Limousine Service to the banquet at the Jefferson Center. A
special thank you to the event's sponsors - Lumos Networks, the Greater Raleigh Court Civic
League, Zee's Salon, and Prestige Limousine Service for supporting the Teacher ofthe Year
event with donations and/or services.