Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers - 2017

The Henrico Citizen's seventh-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

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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 – Nicole Williams

Varina HS, family and consumer sciences
To the students who call her their teacher, there’s just something different about Nicole Williams.

"You can trust her with anything you tell her," one wrote in a nomination letter.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Katie Clark

Kaechele ES, exceptional education
Originally from Gainesville, Katie Clark moved to Henrico to be surrounded by all of the locally owned businesses, history and diversity that Henrico and the Richmond area have to offer.

She graduated from James Madison University and found her calling in early childhood special education. She’s spent her 12-year teaching career entirely in Henrico County.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Danny Nicholas

Wilder MS, history
Danny Nicholas was about the same age as his current middle school students – and having a rough go of it – when he experienced first-hand the positive impact that a caring teacher can have on a troubled adolescent.

"My parents had just gotten divorced," Nicholas recalls, "and I had a lot of anger issues that resulted from so many new changes."
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Wendy Gilmartin

Echo Lake ES, third grade
As a third-grade teacher, Wendy Gilmartin focuses on community and wants her students to leave each day wanting to come back the next.

Gilmartin, a local native and Virginia Tech alumna, has been teaching in the region for a total of 28 years – 17 in Hanover and the most recent 11 in Henrico.
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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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