2016 Washington Post Teacher of the Year nomination

Contributing Writer: Camille Rivera | Images: CCN & Marianne Banzuelo —

Sarah Weaver, the Fine Arts Department Chair and Art teacher at Osbourn High School, was nominated for the 2016 Washington Post Teacher of the Year. A ceremony was held for Mrs. Weaver and seven other nominees to celebrate the occasion and honor Manassas City Public Schools educators.

Mrs. Weaver was nominated by other staff members and administrators. She was surprised by Cathy Benner and Ryan Gast with the news of her nomination and a bouquet of yellow roses during her eagle block class.

Weaver said, “It was an honor, because you come to work every day and do everything you have to do to the best of your ability. And it’s really awesome to be recognized.”

Weaver teaches everything from Foundations of Art 1 to Honors Art. She said her passion for teaching others started when she was really young, and her passion for art grew over the years.

“I realized I could blend both of these loves into a profession, and teach art,” said Weaver.

As the Fine Arts Department Chair, Weaver is in charge of both the visual and performing arts. Out of the eight nominees, one of them would be selected as the finalist for the 2016 Washington Post Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year will be selected at the end of February.

When asked about career advice, Weaver said, “It is a very rewarding career because of the relationships you build with each student, and with each person. If you truly love passing knowledge forward to today’s future, then it can be very rewarding. It can also be very tiring and exhausting because there’s a lot of work that goes into it. I truly believe it’s what you put into it. It’s not something you can go into lightly if your heart is not in it. If you go into education thinking that getting summers off is cool, you are in it for the wrong reasons.”

We are thankful for teachers like Mrs.Weaver who empower Manassas City Public Schools!

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