The Virginia Teacher of the Year Network is an organization of outstanding educators from throughout the Commonwealth. Created in 2009 by Stephanie Doyle, the network sponsors a variety of initiatives designed to help new teachers and improve the quality of teaching. Each year, VATOY holds the New Teacher Symposium at Regent University in Norfolk.
Too many idealistic, gifted, and conscientious educators are leaving the teaching profession after just a few years in our nation’s classrooms. They feel alone, frustrated and disillusioned by the bureaucracy, stress, and challenges of modern public education. Teaching is Tough! A Practical Guide to Classroom Success is designed to help these novice teachers during their critical early years in overcoming the many daily difficulties and obstacles that they routinely face. Written by several of Virginia’s finest and most experienced educators, the book contains a series of easy-to-read informative essays, which provide realistic advice and guidance that can be immediately applied and implemented in the classroom. Teaching is Tough! is an invaluable resource for novice and mentor teachers. It will help all educators to become more effective by improving their instruction as well as their interaction with parents and students.