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Teacher of the Year 2019-20

Our 2019-20 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Renee Cranor

I was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, and I graduated from Phoebus High School. I attended Longwood College (University now) where I was a Longwood Ambassador and a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I earned a Bachelors of Science with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. I received my Professional Collegiate license from Christopher Newport University. I first knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I would spend my time as a child playing school. I used the walls in our garage as my blackboard to teach my lessons. 

Once I graduated from college, I had the opportunity to develop the re-use dialyzer program at the University of Virginia dialysis center. During this experience, I was able to establish, implement and educate visiting facilities on this cutting edge process . It was during this time that I realized that my true calling was educate and establish relationships with people. Therefore, I began my classes in education at James Madison University while I continued my work in the dialysis unit. After taking those classes, I wanted to speed up the process to becoming a teacher, and returned home to attend Christopher Newport University. While I attended classes in the evening, I was a substitute teacher at one of our local high schools. I was afforded the opportunity to do three long-term substitute positions. Between the education classes and the substitute teacher position, I knew that I was pursuing the career path that I was meant to follow.  

This is my 24th year teaching, and my 18 of those years have been at Manchester. I have had the opportunity to teach at two other Chesterfield County public school, Cosby and Meadowbrook High Schools. Each school has provided me so many different opportunities. I have been able to sponsor different organizations such as: Student Council Association and Senior Class. I have been able to hold leadership positions as the science department chair at Meadowbrook H.S, assistant fall athletic director and one of the biology extended contract people for the county. I have also had the opportunity to write curriculum for the new specialty center (at the time) for Cosby H.S. Within the 24 years of teaching, I have also been able to teach a plethora of different classes within the realm of biology and chemistry, such as: AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Nutrition and Parasitology and Anatomy and Physiology.  However, I have finally returned to the school that feels like home!!!!! 

My favorite thing about my job is the relationships I build with the students. I am fortunate to be involved in various aspects of the building and the county, that provides me the opportunity to not only build relationships with students in my classes, but also students involved in leadership positions, athletics and other schools in the county. I also truly enjoy working with the people at Manchester High School, central office and other educators in the county. I have been blessed with so many opportunities to be involved in so many different aspects within the Chesterfield Public Schools. It has genuinely made my career complete, and I look forward to see what other opportunities lie ahead.

My personal life is pretty amazing. I have a wonderful husband and two awesome sons. One of which graduated from Manchester in 2017, and the other is a member of the class of 2020.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching my youngest son play baseball, spending time at the beach in Florida and reading. The best advice I received prior to my first year of teaching was, if you first build a personal relationship with students, the teaching part will be easy. I have lived that advice for 24 years, and it has never failed me.