Henrico students take honors in Peace Center essay contest

Nine Henrico students wrote essays that were honored for their excellence in the Richmond Peace Education Center’s annual Peace Essay Contest, in which more than 560 students from across Virginia submitted essays.

The theme of the contest was Many People…One Nation. Students were asked to consider how best to build understanding and mutual respect among people of different heritages and beliefs. They wrote about what they could do to help build a community from people of many different backgrounds, and how to help promote respect and understanding among all communities and across the nation.
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HCPS seeking nutrition workers, bus drivers at July 12 job fair


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Wednesday, July 12 to talk with candidates for full-time and substitute school nutrition workers and bus drivers. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.
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A heart for service


Teens from Catholic Heart Workcamp gathered in June with children from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen in front of a shed painted by the teens during their week volunteering at the preschool (above).
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Maria Mitchell

Moody MS, science
Maria Mitchell pulls no punches when she talks to parents of the seventh-graders who take her physical science course at Moody Middle School.

"I tell parents I am one of the hardest teachers at Moody," she said, matter-of-factly.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Molly Guerrant

Ashe ES, guidance counselor
Because she has always loved children, Molly Guerrant grew up knowing her career would involve working with kids.

At first, she assumed that she would become a classroom teacher. But while she was student teaching, Guerrant discovered that what she liked best was talking with students, encouraging them, and helping them with problems.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Marsha Grahek

Tuckahoe MS, exceptional education
Marsha Grahek knows how to treat bullies.

With compassion.

Grahek, an exceptional education teacher at Tuckahoe Middle School, has seen it all in her career as a social worker and exceptional education teacher. The students who act tough and try to intimidate classmates or teachers aren’t fooling her.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Lynn Zinder

Steward School, art
Art has always been a key element of the palette that is Lynn Zinder's life.

As a college student, she expected she would one day use her love of the craft in a therapeutic way for patients. But a professor of hers at VCU had other ideas and urged her to teach instead.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Lisa Robinson

Highland Springs ES, second grade
Lisa Robinson was watching some of her second-grade students at Highland Springs Elementary School play with each other one day several years ago, rough-housing a bit and pretending to kick one another. She asked what they were doing, and they responded, "We're playing police!"

More recently, when she invited several Henrico Police officers to visit her students and talk with them, she recalled her reaction when they entered the room.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Jeannine Chewning

Hermitage HS, government
Although her dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball player and a detective didn't quite pan out as she'd hoped, Jeannine Chewning seems more than content that another dream – to become a teacher – did.

Now in her 26th year in the classroom – and her 16th at Hermitage High School – Chewning has found her calling as a government teacher at the school's Center for the Humanities.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Christine Guise

Rolfe MS, English
Encouraging middle-schoolers to become enthralled with English can be about as simple as teaching a family pet how to manage mutual funds.

But Christine Guise takes a simplistic approach to engaging her sixth-grade English students at John Rolfe Middle School.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Carrie Gouldman

Trevvett ES, kindergarten
Carrie Gouldman grew up in a family of teachers but was determined to follow a different career path herself.

Oops.

Although she graduated from Old Dominion University with a human service counseling degree and went to work in the real estate field, it wasn’t long before she realized something didn’t feel right.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Alice Robinson

Mehfoud ES, resource teacher
You might say that Alice Robinson lives for this.

For 47 years, she has awakened early, often arriving at Mehfoud Elementary School before the sun does, frequently remaining until there’s almost no one left in the building.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Aparna Harger

Fairfield MS, French
Aparna Harger discovered her love for teaching at the age of 25 in a tiny French town, thousands of miles from her home, in a place where she often was unable to communicate the most basic of questions.

It wasn't quite where she might have expected to end up.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Jehan Gabrual

Dumbarton ES, second grade
Though she grew up in Henrico County, Jehan Gabrual's parents were natives of Egypt who struggled with the English language when they arrived in this country. As a child, she witnessed the way her teachers at Crestview Elementary School – particularly Cindy Harris and Peggy Hart – supported her family and helped ensure that she excelled in class.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Krystal Johnson

Tucker HS, science
Krystal Johnson loves shaping the minds of the next generation and is always trying new things to get her students excited about science.

Johnson grew up in nearby Hanover County and attended Patrick Henry High School. She then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in environmental science.
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