Henrico’s Top Teachers

Profiles of 20 outstanding Henrico educators
Teachers are a special breed. They are driven by a love of learning and a desire to impact young lives. They spend countless hours devising lesson plans, working individually with students before and after school and volunteering their time, seeking not recognition for their efforts but rather the smile of a student whose imagination has been captivated; a hug from a student who needs one in return; or the words of thanks from a student whose mind has grasped a challenging topic.

In the Henrico Citizen's first-annual 'Top Teachers' issue, we honor 20 of the finest educators in Henrico, as nominated by our readers. These are their stories.

Honoring 20 who make a difference (click to read introduction)

(Click on a teacher's name to read his or her profile article.)

Erin Bourne, Byrd M.S., eighth grade

Blair Flynn, Nuckols Farm E.S., second grade

Janet Givens, Echo Lake E.S., first grade

Mesa Hinkle, Glen Allen E.S., first grade

Annette Hodges, Donahoe E.S., fifth grade

Emily Mason, Baker E.S., third grade

Jill Morris, Pemberton E.S., first grade

Karla Ott, Rivers Edge E.S., fourth grade

Philip Riddle, Brookland M.S., sixth grade

Todd Ritter, Henrico H.S., drama

Katie Schwieder, Fairfield M.S., sixth grade

Lourie Sledd, Freeman H.S., exceptional education

Ryan Stein, Pinchbeck E.S., fourth grade

Lance Teillon, Varina H.S., NJROTC

Chris Tickle, Steward School, fourth grade

Matt Togna, Tucker H.S., 10th-12 grades

Stephanie Tucker, Crestview E.S., preschool

Samuel Turner, Holman M.S., sixth-eighth grades

Debbie Waldenmaier, Colonial Trail E.S., third grade

Stephen Worfolk, Jackson Davis E.S., third grade

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Bria Skonberg Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. at the Weinstein JCC. A specialist in classic American hot jazz, trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg expands the vocabulary and traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet with worldly rhythms and modern jazz variance. Tickets are $15 for JCC members and $22 for nonmembers. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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