Rebecca Clark, who joined Windsor Knolls Middle School in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in February, has been named the 2021 Substitute Teacher of the Year.
The Board of Education last evening honored Clark, awarding her the fifth annual FCPS Substitute Teacher of the Year award. She has been a long-term substitute with the school system for more than 10 years.
According to nomination materials, Clark’s presence in the classroom is profound, motivating and inspiring. When Windsor Knolls needed supplies, she contacted local businesses and received generous donations.
An 8th grade student in the school’s Career and Technology Program (CTE) said, “Mrs. Clark is always there for you when you make a mistake, and she never judges you when you’re having a bad day.”
“From her first day at Windsor Knolls, Mrs. Clark immersed herself into the community, quickly establishing herself as a member of the school community and an advocate for her students and the CTE program,” said Windsor Knolls Principal Brian Vasquenza. “With all due respect to the many wonderful substitute teachers that I have had the privilege of working alongside, Mrs. Clark is among the most energetic, enthusiastic and capable professionals I have encountered.”