Ammerman has been recognized for her innovative and successful teaching methods. She believes all students have the ability to make music and tirelessly recruits students from all backgrounds for Annandale’s orchestra program.
Nominators commended her commitment and empathy toward others, which was evident when she organized a benefit concert to help cover medical expenses for one of her students.
In 2015, she was named the Virginia Orchestra Director of the Year by the American String Teachers Association.
Ammerman began her teaching career in North Carolina and has been teaching in Fairfax County since 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in music education from Boston University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in music education from George Mason University.
Renee Miller, principal of Keene Mill Elementary School in Springfield, has been selected to represent FCPS in the Washington Post’s Principal of the Year program.