Hatcher & Frey Orthodontics’ Teachers Wishlist program wrapped up 2021 with gift of $4,000 to local teachers

Hatcher & Frey Orthodontics believes that teacher’s change the world – and that’s one of the reason their Teachers Wishlist program is so important to them.

In late 2021, Hatcher & Frey’s Teachers Wishlist Program awarded 20 Hampton Roads teachers each $200 Visa gift cards to purchase school supplies that may not be traditionally covered for their classrooms. That’s a total of $4,000 going straight back into local schools.

“We had over 300 nominations from the community this year,” Nikki James Zellner, community relations director for Hatcher & Frey Orthodontics said. “This program will continue to grow and give back, and we’re looking for more ways to make a difference for the schools and educators in our community.”

When teachers were asked what they’d use their funds for – it ranged from virtual teaching tools to new books to STEM activity stations.

Hatcher Orthodontics was founded in Chesapeake in 1998 by Dr. Bill Hatcher, a former Great Bridge High School biology and chemistry teacher and multi-sport coach. And, with the help and addition of of Dr. Scott Frey in 2018– has grown the practice into Hatcher & Frey Orthodontics, a three-location orthodontic business “changing lives, one smile at a time.”

The 2021 Teachers Wishlist winners, who are drawn randomly from nominations, were spread across multiple K-12 private and public schools throughout the region. The winners were:


  • Haley Gardner – Chesapeake Bay Academy, middle school Math
  • Deanna Hammon – Chittum Elementary, Kindergarten
  • Lindsey Warnick – Sedgefield Elementary, Reading Interventionist K-5
  • Paige Swaim – Western Branch Middle School, Special Education
  • Carnieshia Simons – Great Bridge Primary, TA
  • Matt Moyer – Hickory Middle School, 8th grade physical science
  • Liana Nobre – Chesapeake Bay Academy, 5th grade
  • Charlotte White – Western Branch Intermediate, 3rd – 5th grade art
  • Deja Mercer – Westhaven Elementary School, 3rd grade reading and social studies
  • Jared Bennett – Hugo Owens Middle School, 6th grade civics
  • Kathy Cannon – Great Bridge High School, AP Calculus, SCA/Academic team sponsor
  • Susan Lovelace – Hugo Owens Middle School, 6th grade science
  • Jennifer Craft – Great Bridge High School, English
  • Melissa Copeland – Jolliff Middle School, Reading
  • Rachelle Viar – Chesapeake Bay Academy, K-12 Makerspace
  • Devese Peace-Branch – Churchland Middle School, 8th grade physical science
  • Amanda Steadele – Great Bridge High School, English, Journalism and Yearbook
  • Sandra Wilfong – Western Branch Primary School, Technology integration
  • Casey Thaxton-Jones – Chittum Elementary, 5th grade special education
  • Laura Murphy – Crestwood Middle School, 6th grade english

Details for the 2022 Teachers Wishlist program will be released later in the year.

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