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Wade Whitehead

Wade Whitehead (VA '00)

Virginia Teachers of Promise Foundation

President and Founder
Roanoke, VA

At the time of the Award, Wade Whitehead was:

Crystal Spring Elementary School
Roanoke, VA

Biographical Information

Wade Whitehead, a fourth generation Virginia public school classroom teacher, teaches fifth graders at Crystal Spring School in Roanoke.  He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia and is a current student in the School Leadership & Management program at Harvard University.  A National Board Certified Teacher since 1999, he has received dozens of awards and honors; in 2016, he was the only practicing public school teacher in America to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  Wade is President of the Teachers of Promise Foundation, a 501(c)(3) he established in 2010, and serves as Executive Director of the Teachers of Promise Institute, which has identified and recognized almost 3,000 future teachers from more than three dozen colleges and universities over the past 16 years.  He has created and presented more than 300 workshops, keynotes, and professional development opportunities across the country for educators and families, while his consultancy partnerships have included dozens of school districts, colleges and universities, Departments of Education, and organizations like Apple, PBS, FableVision Studios, and Flocabulary.  See: @wadewhitehead,,

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Milestone: Wade Whitehead Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

Milestone: Wade Whitehead (VA ’00) Leads 12th Annual Teachers of Promise Institute

Wade Whitehead Newsletters

Your Voices, Amplified
Feb 17, 2015

Wade Whitehead In The News

Crystal Spring Teacher Named to National Teachers Hall of Fame
The Roanoke Times  |  Mar 29 , 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

Teachers of Promise Institute Brings Top Future Educators to VCU Campus
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education  |  Mar 18 , 2016  |  Richmond, VA