LOW MOOR — Alleghany County’s Educators of the Year were recognized April 19 by the school board.

Cindy Maccentelli of Alleghany High School was named the county’s Educator of the Year by the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism April 17 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

In addition to Maccentelli, the school board recognized Kelly Bostic of Clifton Middle School, Charlee Bland of Mountain View Elementary School, Angela Nicely of Callaghan Elementary School, and Krista Craft of Sharon Elementary School.

They were named Educators of the Year at their respective schools.

Cynthia Maccentelli joined the staff at Alleghany High School in August  2014 as a math teacher.   

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware, and a master’s degree in secondary education from Wilmington College in Georgetown, Del.

Before joining the faculty at AHS, Maccentelli taught at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., for seven years.   

Maccentelli is a member of the Alleghany County School Division’s Future of Learning and Education Crew. She helps plan activities at the high school, including homecoming, the prom and graduation ceremonies.   And at the request of students, she agreed to sponsor a Dungeons and Dragons club at AHS.

She serves on the Virginia  Department of Education’s Mathematics Pathway Initiative Committee and is a member of the Comprehensive Instructional Program. Maccentelli is also a team leader and a member of the training committee. 

Outside of school, she is involved in her church as a Sunday school teacher. She also serves as treasurer of the session committee.  

Maccentelli believes in promoting an atmosphere of respect in the classroom.

“She believes her students can tell that she respects them and they genuinely like her, and that motivates them to do their best,” said AHS Principal Karen Staunton.

Kelly Bostic has taught in Alleghany County schools since August 2002. 

She began her teaching career as a special education teacher. Bostic taught self-contained English for 13 years. She also taught at the alternative school. 

Bostic earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in special education and a minor in English concentration from Radford University in 2002. In 2008,  she earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia. 

She is a member of the National Education Association, the Virginia Education Association, and the Alleghany Education Association.  

Bostic is part of the school improvement committee at Clifton Middle School, as well as the school based-intervention team chairwoman and the special education department chair.  She is also a member of the Alleghany County Public Schools school-based intervention team.

Bostic enjoys assisting with student trips and after- school activities to give students opportunities and experiences they will not receive during a regular school day, said Cindy Fox, CMS’ assistant principal.

Charlee Bland has taught third grade, fourth  grade and fifth grade at Mountain View Elementary School for almost 18 years.

A 1999 graduate of Alleghany High School, she    earned an associate’s degree in general education from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in interdisciplinary studies and elementary education.     

Bland is a member of the Virginia Professional Educators Association. At Mountain View, she is a member of the leadership team, the technology committee, the textbook adoption committee and the safety committee.

Charlee also enjoys being a parent volunteer on the YMCA swim team,” said Mountain View Principal  April Easton. “Her favorite organization is our local 4-H program, where she has taught various lessons and served as a volunteer with the Junior 4-H summer camp.”

Krista Craft taught in  Buena Vista for three years  years before joining the staff at Alleghany County Public Schools. 

She has taught at Boiling Spring Elementary and  Callaghan Elementary. She is currently teaching at Sharon Elementary School. 

Craft is a graduate of Alleghany High School. She   earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University interdisciplinary liberal studies in 2004.   She later attended the University of Virginia at Wise to earn her K-12 library science endorsement.   

She is a member of the Virginia Education Association, the National Education Association and the Comprehensive Instructional Program.   

Craft volunteers each summer for four weeks at Camp Accovac in Millboro. She is a member of Lone Star Advent Christian Church. She also participates in various community and civic organizations.

“Krista believes that students learn best by making connections to the real world and real-life situations,” said Sherman Callahan, director of elementary instruction for Alleghany County Schools.   

Angela Nicely is a library and technology teacher at Callaghan Elementary School.  

Nicely graduated from  Alleghany High School and went on to an associate’s degree from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.  She transferred to Mary Baldwin University in Staunton to earn a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 2005. In 2007, she earned a post bachelor’s degree in early education from Mary Baldwin. 

After teaching in Roundridge County Schools for 11 years, she joined the staff at Callaghan Elementary as a junior kindergarten endorsement. 

Nicely recently completed a program at the University of Virginia College at Wise to earn a library media endorsement.    

She serves on several school committees, including the Future of Learning and Education Crew, the  teacher advisory committee, the technology committee, the leadership team  and the learning management system exploration committee).   

Nicely is a member of Clifton Forge Elks Lodge-BPOE  No. 1065.

“Angie believes that teaching involves being open to new techniques and technology, possessing a commitment to education and reaching every student,” said Callaghan Principal Josh Craft.

The Alleghany County School Board recognized its Educators of the Year at a recent school board meeting. From left are Richard Shull, school board member; Angela Nicely, Callaghan Elementary School; Cindy Maccentelli, Alleghany High School, division winner; Krista Craft, Sharon Elementary School; Charlee Bland, Mountain View Elementary School; and Kelly Bostic, Clifton Middle School. (Photo Courtesy Alleghany County Public Schools)