Richmond Teacher of the Year Kiara S. Thompson, left, happily pauses last Friday for a selfie with other former honorees who shared in her joy, including Boushall Middle School Principal LaTonya Waller, who was Virginia Teacher of the Year in 2011; Rodney A. Robinson, second from right, the National Teacher of the Year in 2019; and Superintendent Jason Kamras, the National Teacher of the Year in 2005. Ms. Thompson will represent Richmond Public Schools in the state’s consideration of Region One Teacher of the Year.
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Kiara S. Thompson, Richmond’s Teacher of the Year, followed her heart and turned to teaching more than six years ago
Kiara Shenae Thompson was on her way to becoming a biologist and health care worker when she volunteered at a community center tutoring elementary and middle school students in science concepts and found what she considers her true calling — teaching.