Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Annual Teacher of the Year Award 2013


Myriam Lorenzo
2013 Myriam Lorenzo Stafford High School, Stafford County, Virginia

Myriam Lorenzo was raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico. She found her passion for teaching when asked to teach part-time while attending law school.

She has taught all levels of Spanish, including AP, at Stafford High School for the past nine years. Lorenzo also created Stafford’s first Spanish for Heritage Speakers course, which prepares native Spanish speakers for the AP test.

Myriam also created the International Club at Stafford by merging the Spanish, German and French clubs and integrating many of their activities – especially volunteer efforts such as helping Hurricane Sandy victims, sending letters and care packages to three U.S. Army companies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and assisting Stafford families facing hard times – into the efforts of one club.

Over the years, Lorenzo has taught subjects ranging from computers to ESL in seven countries, including Germany and South Korea. She seeks to promote a global perspective, both in her extracurricular efforts, and in the classroom. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year twice at Stafford.

Part of her award money is earmarked to create a school fund for families and students in need.

Teaching philosophy

  • My goal for my students is that they leave my classroom with a solid foundation and understanding that they can do and accomplish great things.
  • I teach them that education can open many doors and that success is determined not by money, but by our positive contributions to society.


  • Created Stafford’s first Spanish for Heritage Speakers course for AP test preparation
  • Twice recognized as Teacher of the Year

Photo Captions:
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(l-r) Cel Beltran (Board Member), 2013 Co-Winners Ana Mayra Irizarry-Vaughan and Myriam Lorenzo