Virginia Council for the Social Studies 

VCSS Past Teachers of the Year

2004|Mayo Carter from Chancellor MS
2005|Tara Riley Krohn form Woolridge ES
2006|India Sharpe Meissel from Lakeland HS

2008|Craig Blackman from Indian River HS
2009|Elva Card from W. T. Woodson HS

2010|Scott Mace from Charlottesville HS
2011|Roderick Zano from Princess Anne HS
2012|Katie Blomquist from Sunrise Valley ES
2013|Kelley Graves from Hickory MS
2014|Tanya Siwik from Garfield ES
2015|Patricia Carlson from Arlington MS
2016|Allen Ruliffson from Hilliard MS

2017|Could be you!



The goals of the Virginia Council for the Social Studies are to foster professional growth, develop communication among stakeholders in the social studies community, and to promote the teaching of social studies in Virginia, the United States, and the international sphere. The Virginia Council of the Social Studies is an affiliate with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Mission:  The Virginia Council for the Social Studies engages and supports Virginia educators in advocating and strengthening social studies.




​Wesley Hedgepeth

Vice President:
Katie Blomquist

Treasurer & Membership Chair:
Matthew Atkinson

Amy Tomasulo

Legislative Liaison, Southside, and New River Valley:
Bill O'Sick

Northern Virginia Representatives:
Tanya Siwik

Kris Petersen

Central Virginia Representatives:
Sarah McDermott (Independent Council)

Matt Atkinson

Tidewater Representatives:
India Meissel

Meridith Breen

Lisa Gibson

Western Virginia Representatives:
Allen Ruliffson

Web Builder:
Michael Hasley