Bristol, Va. High School band director wins 2016 Super Teacher Award

Gary Skeen, band director at Virginia High School in Bristol, won the Virginia Lottery's Super Teacher award.

Gary Skeen, band director at Virginia High School in Bristol, Virginia, won the Virginia Lottery's 2016 "Super Teacher" Award.

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – A Bristol, Virginia school teacher won the Virginia Lottery’s 2016 Super Teacher Award. Gary Skeen, band director at Virginia High School in Bristol, was one of eight nominees to win this year’s Super Teacher award.

Parents across Virginia nominated teachers to win the award by answering questions on the teacher’s passion for teaching, creativity in the classroom, and how the teacher involves students’ parents in the learning process.

Each “Super Teacher” won $2,000 cash, and a $2,000 shopping credit at The Supply Room.

Michele Smith, the parent who nominated him, says Mr. Skeen always goes the extra mile for his students:

“He spends countless hours after school, on holidays, and on weekends perfecting the band’s field show, helping the color guard with new routines, fundraising for additional funding for the group, or championing the VHS band in the community and region. He never says no to a performance and always has a smile on his face when dealing with parents and students. He makes each student feel like they belong and are welcome in the band. He is truly the face of our community.”

According to the Virginia Lottery, Bristol, Virginia Public Schools received more than $1.7 million in Lottery funding for Kindergarten through 12th grade education in Fiscal Year 2015.

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