Henrico’s Top Teachers – Audra Yerian

Audra Yerian never thought she’d end up teaching, but once she started, there was little doubt about which direction her career in education would head. She’s spent all nine years of it teaching kindergarten in Henrico – first at Jackson Davis Elementary, and for the past two years at Sandston Elementary.

“I absolutely love teaching reading,” Yerian said, explaining why she can’t imagine teaching any other grade level. “I feel like that is my passion. I feel strongly about ensuring that kids leave my room at the age of five or six being able to put a book in their hands and say ‘I can read.’ It’s an incredible thing to be able to empower kids to do.”

Yerian finds satisfaction and a sense of achievement in helping students who possess widely varying academic skill sets in September reach the same end point by June.

“You’ve got some families who are able to spend lots of time with their kids, or the kids may have older brothers and sisters and have been paying attention [to what they’ve learned],” Yerian said. “Then you have some who may be the first child or only child, no sibling influence. Maybe their parents are working two jobs. Some of those kids, when they come to me, don’t even know how to write their names.”

Working individually to help each student is a challenging but rewarding process.

“You cannot just go from zero to 60 in five minutes,” Yerian said. “You build on the structure of the classroom from Day One, teach them how to learn reading and math in small groups, and then together it becomes easier and easier.”

Yerian moved to Sandston E.S. last year, along with a number of other new faces, as part of the school’s designation as Henrico’s 21st Century Model School, an initiative designed to hone students’ skills in research, communication, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking, through the use of a wide range of technology and small group and tiered instruction.

“There’s lots of collaboration,” Yerian said. “[Students] are learning to be leaders by managing the groups they are in. They’re learning to be responsible for their own learning.”

Yerian’s success in the new setting hasn’t gone unnoticed. She was named the Henrico County Public Schools Teacher of the Year by the school system last year.

“I love it here,” she said of Sandston. “I’m glad I came. I hope that [the 21st century approach] catches on and that other schools will get this opportunity.”
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