LEIGG NAMED DPS TEACHER OF THE YEARDuring their meeting on Thursday, the Danville School Board recognized George Washington High School Teacher Sharon Moore Leigg as the 2022 Danville Public Schools (DPS) Teacher of the Year.

Leigg holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree from Warren Wilson College. She is continuing her education at Concordia University Chicago for her doctorate.

Leigg, who began her career at GW 26 years ago, currently teaches Japanese and is the Foreign Language Department Chair. In her years at the school, she has also taught English and magazine journalism for the award-winning Euantes literary magazine. In addition, she has served as an adjunct English instructor at Danville Community College. 

Leigg also writes fiction, as more than 100 of her short stories have been featured in Danville’s Evince magazine, and her writing has been anthologized in Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers.

“Mrs. Leigg is an overcomer, a problem-solver, and innovator, and a dynamic leader of our World Language team,” GW Principal Dr. Johnnie Wright-Simmons said. “She teachers her students to strive for excellence, to love learning, and to respect each other.”

Every day, Leigg, a Danville native and product of DPS, tries to create a feeling of inclusion and fun in her classroom. She said she is grateful to receive this honor.

“I am surprised, excited, and grateful!” Leigg said. “I came up through the DPS system. I have been teaching here for 26 years, so that’s about 38 years in all in this school system. It is really wonderful to be recognized and appreciated.”

Leigg will serve as the district’s nomination for the 2022 Virginia Department of Education - Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year. She will also represent DPS for Averett University’s Regional Educator of the Year award.