2022 NPS Teacher of the Year
Norfolk Public Schools has named Norview High School’s Subhadra Desaraju as the
2022-2023 City-Wide Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Desaraju serves as the school’s Chemistry Team Leader and is a classroom teacher who teaches AP
Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Research. Ms. Desaraju also assists teachers within the science
department with integrating technology in their planning, teaching, and assessments. She also serves as a
lead mentor in her school.
Ms. Desaraju has been a member and mentor of the Advanced Placement Chemistry Community since
2009, a National Board-Certified Teacher since 2012, and is a virtual coach for the US National
Chemistry Olympiad beginning this year.
She lives by her mottoes: “Love all, serve all” and “Be POSITIVE, like a PROTON.”
In his nomination, Norview High School’s Principal Dr. Walter Brower wrote:
“Without hesitation, I nominate Subhadra Desaraju for the NPS Teacher of the Year. She is an
exceptional educator who builds and nurtures relationships as well as creates a positive learning
environment. … an extraordinary teacher, supportive co-worker, and school leader who has won multiple
awards and grants. We are confident Ms. Desaraju would be a phenomenal NPS Teacher of the Year
2022 Teacher Of The Year Videos
Check out this NPS Now story about the 2022 Teacher of the Year Ceremony, including interviews with the City-Wide Teacher of the Year, and the runners-up!
2022 Teacher Of The Year Photo Gallery
The Top 3 Teachers of the Year are:
Jennessa Libby-Reynolds, an elementary teacher at the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood, was named Top Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Westley Knight, a Blair Middle School mathematics teacher, was named Top Middle School Teacher of the Year. Ms. Desaraju was also named Top High School Teacher of the Year.
The Top 12 Teachers of the Year are:
Lauren Bartholomae, Norview Middle School | Brad Baxendell, Academy for Discovery at Lakewood / Middle School | Jennessa Libby-Reynolds, Academy for Discovery at Lakewood / Elementary | Subhadra Desaraju, Norview High School | Linda Devine, Booker T. Washington High School | Westley Knight, Blair Middle School | Leslie Magee, CHKD | Travis Mansell, Maury High School | Tamara Mewborn, Ghent School | Sheena Walker, Lake Taylor High School | LaTesa White, Azalea Gardens Middle School
2022 Norfolk Public Schools Selects Division-wide Teacher of the Year & School-Level Finalists
Each year, Norfolk Public Schools celebrates the many dedicated, innovative and passionate educators within our division through the Teacher of the Year process. Teachers are nominated for this honor by their peers within each school. We salute these teachers and give thanks for all they do for our students. In coming weeks, following an interview and observation process, NPS will announce the winners of the elementary, middle and high school teacher of the year competition, as well as the overall City-wide Teacher of the Year.
NPS 2022 All-City Teaching Team by School
Booker T. Washington HS
Lake Taylor HS
Azalea Gardens MS
Bay View ES
Mary Calcott ES
Camp Allen ES
Lake Taylor (3-8)
Lake Taylor (3-8)
Little Creek ES
Ocean View ES
Daphne Perminter Russell
P.B. Young, Sr. ES
Richard Bowling ES
St. Helena ES
Sewells Point ES
Sherwood Forest ES
Suburban Park ES
Tanners Creek ES
Tidewater Park ES
W.H. Taylor ES
Coleman Place ES