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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
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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