Henrico’s Top Teachers

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
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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