The Virginia Museum Educator of the Year award is presented in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education to a museum educator who best demonstrates a long term commitment to high quality educational experiences in their organization. Emma Richardson was recognized at VAM's 2019 Annual Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia as the 2019 recipient in recognition for her outstanding achievement in museum education creating exceptional experiences for school-aged visitors as Museum Education Specialist with the Office of Historic Alexandria. 

Emma Richardson received her M.A. in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation from Morgan State University and B.A. in Anthropology from Warren Wilson College. Before joining Alexandria Archaeology in 2017, she worked at the Maryland Science Center and Jewish Museum of Maryland researching, developing, and running educational programs and exhibits. Prior to that, she worked in the archaeology field throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and was the Staff Archaeologist for the Exploring Joara Foundation, a public archaeology program based in North Carolina.