Henrico’s Top Teachers – Stephanie Poxon

Henrico HS, Center for the Arts director
Dr. Stephanie Poxon wears a lot of hats as director for the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School. First and foremost, she’s a director and administrator, but she’s also a teacher, cheerleader, coach, the staff pianist, the stage production manager and even sometimes the nurse and janitor.

The Florida native got her bachelor’s degree in musical education from the University of Central Florida, master’s degree in music from the University of Florida and doctorate in musicology from the Catholic University of America.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rita Yarema

Virginia Randolph Education Center, exceptional education
Rita Yarema seemed likely to become a teacher anyway – her father, aunt, grandmother and cousin all were or are – but when her young sister suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed her, the decision solidified itself in her mind.

Yarema saw how her sister's special education teachers worked with her diligently to help her re-learn how to do almost everything she'd been able to do previously. The experience convinced her that she, too, wanted to work with special needs students as a teacher.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebekah Goemaat

Quioccasin MS, exceptional education
If Rebekah Goemaat seems to bring the perspective of a social worker inside her classroom at Quioccasin Middle School, there's a good reason for it.

She once was one.
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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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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Christian Nolde

Deep Run HS, exceptional education
For Christian Nolde, the chance to be a teacher is a privilege, and he considers himself fortunate to be part of a community like Deep Run.

"Every day," he says, "I get to work hard helping kids, and they make me a more energetic, creative, and compassionate person.
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CharacterWorks, an after-school youth theater program, will present “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” May 25-28 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most fantastic stories, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is a brand-new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach which promptly rolls into the ocean and launches him on a journey of enormous proportions. Tickets are $10 to $15. For a performance schedule and to purchase advance tickets, visit http://www.cworkstheater.org. Full text

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