BHS Teacher Announced As MCPS Teacher of the Year

BHS Teacher Announced As MCPS Teacher of the Year
Posted on 04/16/2021
Pogue Named Teacher of the Year

Amber Pogue, Chemistry and Ecology teacher at Blacksburg High School, was named the MCPS Teacher of the Year. Pogue has worked for MCPS since 2017. 

Pogue became the Tier 1 Leader at BHS in 2018 and has used this leadership role to share her positive energy by implementing a “greet your students at the door” campaign, creating a school-wide postcard to send home to students, and having the student body recognize faculty who made a difference in their lives. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges, her efforts have continued, and in the past year she has organized faculty luncheons, faculty acknowledgement slideshows, and weekly student appreciation drawings.

Pogue believes in making her classroom a safe and comfortable place for students to learn.   “Supporting my students in a way to allow for learning and success is my true passion in education,” she said. Pogue has an uncanny ability to take real life stories and relate them to Chemistry concepts. “Sharing these pieces of myself in my lessons allows students to feel comfortable in my classroom, and reminds them that we can have fun, laugh, and learn together.”

“She’s one of those teachers that involves her students and checks on them,” said Principal Guylene Wood-Setzer. “Students want to have Ms. Pogue as their teacher because they know how deeply she cares about them.” 

Pogue was chosen from among all of the school level teachers of the year and will move on to the Regional Teacher of the Year competition.

Pogue earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and Forestry from Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF. 

The Teacher of the Year is selected at the end of one school year and serves as the Teacher of the Year for the following school year, in order to mirror the state process. Amber Pogue is the MCPS Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022.


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