Wade Whitehead

5th Grade
Crystal Spring School
Roanoke, Virginia

Total years as a classroom teacher:  22


University of Virginia                         M.Ed    Educational Leadership                     2009
University of Virginia                         Virginia Gifted Education Endorsement        2000
The College of William and Mary     B.A. Anthropology & Elementary Ed.            1994


1997- present      Grade 3 and 5, all subjects  Crystal Spring School
1994-1997           Grade 2, Westside Magnet School for the Visual & Performing Arts
2013    Most Inspiring Teacher, The Roanoker Magazine
2011    Super Teacher Award, Virginia Lottery
2003    Teacher of the Year, Roanoke Sam’s Club
2003    Shining Apple Award, The Roanoker Magazine
2002    Teacher of the Year, Southwest Virginia Forum on Education
2002    McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence, McGlothlin Foundation
2001    Best of the City, City Magazine
2001    USA Today Teacher Award
2000    National Educator Award, The Milken Foundation
2000    Teacher of the Year, Roanoke City Public Schools
2000    Shining Star, Roanoke City Council
1999    National Board Certification, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


  • Whitehead is a fourth-generation Virginia public schools teacher and the son of two lifelong elementary school teachers; teaching is in his blood.


  • He believes that school should offer a dynamic recipe of imagination, sharing, and discovery that inspires teachers to teach the way students learn.


“Wade sets high expectations for his students and uses his teaching skills, his experience, and his imagination to help them achieve those goals. Everyone in his class is asked to be truthful and courteous.  He treats students with great respect and expects the same in return.”

–Kathleen Tate, Principal


“My middle son, Ford, credits his love of learning to Wade, commenting that ‘Mr. Whitehead always told us that learning takes a lifetime, not just a class period.’”

–David B. Carson, parent of a former student