2022 Educator & MVP of the Year!

2022 Educator & MVP of the Year!
Posted on 05/05/2022

A math interventionist teacher who uses unique and innovative approaches in her lessons and a school nurse whose focus is on building positive relationships with students were honored by Louisa County Public Schools on Wednesday, May 4th as its top certified and classified employees in the school division!


Louisa County Middle School math interventionist Allison Prencavage received the 2022 William G. Thomas Educator of the Year Award, which honors the top certified educator at LCPS, during the school division’s annual banquet on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Louisa County Middle School nurse Nicole Spencer was named the 2022 Wallace L. Tingler MVP of the Year, which goes to the school division’s top classified employee. 


Prencavage and Spencer received the awards during a ceremony at Tavern on the Green at Spring Creek on Wednesday night, where they were two of 13 division employees being celebrated for their level of excellence.


Each year, LCPS hosts its Educator/MVP of the Year Awards ceremony, where each of the school division’s six schools is represented by a classified and certified employee (the school division’s operations team is also represented by a classified employee). Each of the 13 honorees earned the opportunity to represent their school by receiving a #TeamLCPS MVP nomination during the 2021-2022 school year. Then, a vote was held amongst each school’s employees to determine each school’s individual winner. 


From there, an independent panel made up of representatives from schools throughout the county collaborated to select the 2022 William G. Thomas Educator of the Year and the 2022 Wallace L. Tingler MVP of the Year, the school division’s two most prestigious honors. 


Both of this year’s winners continually go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of students, and do so with a consistent and positive attitude.


Spencer, who has worked at Louisa County Public Schools for six years, is known around the school for her teamwork, positive attitude, and tremendous work ethic. In a portfolio she compiled for the judging panel, Spencer said one of the highlights of her job is the supportive, team atmosphere found at Louisa County Public Schools.


“#TeamLCPS feels like a community where you belong and everyone is included,” Spencer said. “The students make you feel like a superhero when they shout your name across the cafeteria, and the staff is always willing to lend you a helping hand.”


Spencer was one of three school nurses selected as a school-level MVP, with Melissa Adams at Jouett Elementary School and Jessica Barlow at Trevilians Elementary School joining her in the honor.


“The moment I noticed I was one of three school nurses to receive the school-level award was one of the most rewarding moments of the school year,” Spencer said. “We might not have been able to lessen each other’s workload this yar, but we sent each other helpful emails and made phone calls to each other to offer encouragement throughout the year.”


As for Prencavage, the sixth-year educator at Louisa County Middle School was highlighted for making lessons both challenging and engaging. Prencavage serves as a math interventionist and is tasked with provided targeted instruction to help students stay on pace with their math skills. In her application, she mentioned the support of her fellow math teachers as a big motivational factor throughout the school year. 


“If our job was simple, everyone would do it,” Prencavage said. “But it takes a lot of challenges 

daily and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to really see the beauty in it all. It takes a team effort and I’ve been blessed with an incredible math department that has gotten me to this point.”


Along with being a top-notch math interventionist, Prencavage serves in a wide variety of roles at Louisa County Public Schools, including as a correlate leader and girls soccer coach. 


“Louisa has made it very easy to get involved and be apart of a team,” Prencavage said. “I feel valued and appreciated to work for Louisa County Public Schools and I am truly excited to work for such an amazing school district.”


At Wednesday’s ceremony, Superintendent Straley applauded the work of Spencer, Prencavage, and the entire group of honorees for their heroic efforts during the 2021-2022 school year.


“If you ask any of our team members, they will tell you that this has been one of the toughest years in education,” Straley said. “Throughout this year, we have seen how valuable are educators are and how dedicated they are to our students. During events like our Educator and MVP of the Year ceremony, you get to hear stories about how members of our staff are changing the lives of their students. I always say that people are your most valuable resource, and we have a team full of incredible people here in Louisa County. I’m just so proud of each one of them and it’s an honor to be their Superintendent.”


There were a lot of proud supporters in the crowd on Wednesday night, too. Members from both the Louisa County School Board and Board of Supervisors were in attendance, as well as administrative teams from each school. Each of the 13 honorees were also able to invite up to five guests to join them as well. 


During Wednesday’s ceremony, Louisa County School Board Chairman Greg Strickland praised all 13 honorees for their passion for education and helping others.


“Our school division takes so much pride in the hard work of our team members, and these 13 individuals demonstrate what it means to truly love your job,” Strickland said. “They are such a positive influence on those around them, and it’s hard to put into words how valuable that is. They are truly superheroes.”


Wednesday’s ceremony was the culmination of a year-long voting process known as the #TeamLCPS MVP Awards. Each week, the school division accepts nominations for students, classified staff members, certified staff members, and community members who are living out the school division’s non-negotiables. Each week, approximately 400 nominations are submitted, and one person from each of the four categories is recognized and featured in a highlight video. The weekly #TeamLCPS MVP videos have become a highlight for many people, generating thousands of views online each week.


Superintendent Straley said one of the most rewarding aspects of the process is how everyone in the community is able to be involved.


“Our nominations this year have come from people with diverse backgrounds from all across this county, and what connects them is that they’re thankful for what members of #TeamLCPS are doing for this community,” Superintendent Straley said. “It’s a real boost for our team members when they receive a nomination for doing things the right way. I’m really thankful to everyone who has submitted a nomination this school year.”


The full list of school-level MVPs of the Year who were honored on Wednesday night included:


Jouett Elementary School: school nurse Melissa Adams.

Moss-Nuckols Elementary School: secretary Doris Colvin.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School: custodian Nasean Richardson. 

Trevilians Elementary School: school nurse Jessica Barlow. 

Louisa County Middle School: school nurse Nicole Spencer. 

Louisa County High School: custodian Charles Braxton. 

Central Office and Operations: administrative assistant Becky Fisher.

The full list of school-level Educators of the Year who were honored on Wednesday night included:


Jouett Elementary School: art teacher Elysa Harris.

Moss-Nuckols Elementary School: math interventionist Jessica Cleaver.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School: ESOL teacher Sheila Bailey.

Trevilians Elementary School: music teacher Dwight Raines.

Louisa County Middle School: math interventionist Allison Prencavage.

Louisa County High School: automotive instructor Shane Robertson.


Louisa County Public Schools would like to thank The William A. Cooke Foundation and Old Dominion Insurance & Investments in Winchester for sponsoring the 2021-2022 #TeamLCPS MVP Awards process. Their support helped make the entire 2021-2022 Educator/MVP of the Year process possible.


The Wallace L. Tingler Award is named after Wallace “Chuck” Tingler, a longtime member of the Louisa Education Foundation. Tingler also tremendously assisted the Louisa County community through his philanthropic efforts while serving as Chairman of the Board for the William A. Cooke Foundation and William A. Cooke, Incorporated. The William G. Thomas Award is named after Dr. William Thomas, who served as the superintendent for Louisa County Public Schools for 11 years. 


L to R: Louisa County School Board Chairman Greg Strickland, 2022 Wallace L. Tingler MVP of the Year Nicole Spencer (LCMS Nurse), and LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley

L to R: Louisa County School Board Chairman Greg Strickland, 2022 William G. Thomas Educator of the Year Allison Prencavage (LCMS Math Interventionist), and LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley

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