Chesapeake Music Teacher Named Virginia Teacher of the Year

A Chesapeake choral music teacher was named 2017 Teacher of the Year Monday.

Dr. Toney Lee McNair, Jr. has been teaching for 17 years, 10 of them at Indian River Middle School. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Union University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education in administration and supervision at Averett University.

McNair was selected from one of eight regional winners during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

“I am so excited, honored, thrilled and humbled — all of that rolled into one,” McNair said after learning of his selection. “It is a thrill to represent the commonwealth and represent all of the teachers who are working hard in the trenches every day.”

Photos: Teacher of the Year Nominee Announcement

McNair was selected as the Commonwealth’s top teacher after he was interviewed by a committee that included representatives from professional and educational associations, the business community and 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year Natalie DiFusco-Funk of Salem.

McNair received a $5,000 award as 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year, along with a $2,500 award from Richmond law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, educational opportunities from public and private colleges and universities and more.

The 2017 National Teacher of the Year will be announced next spring at a White House ceremony.