Amy Mallow

Second grade teacher Amy Mallow hugs fourth grade student Tyler Hancock after she is announced as Region 5 Teacher of the Year and also as one of eight finalists for 2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year on Sept. 5 during a pep rally at Huddleston Elementary School.

Huddleston Elementary School teacher Amy Mallow received “quite a shock” Sept. 5 during a surprise pep rally to announce she is one of eight finalists for Virginia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year award. Mallow — who came to Bedford County Public Schools in 2006 — is representing Region 5, which is made up of 22 school divisions.

Mallow is this year’s Bedford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and twice has been named Huddleston Elementary School Teacher of the Year and was the Bedford County Public Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2011.

“I love what I do,” Mallow said. “It’s a lot of hard work and it takes a lot of commitment, but I know I found my place.”