Henrico’s Top Teachers – Beth Tubb

Beth Tubb has taught at the elementary, middle and high-school levels, but kindergarten is where she found her greatest passion.

Tubb most recently spent seven years at Ashe Elementary, including the last two as a kindergarten teacher.

“I really loved teaching kids to read,” she said. “In kindergarten, when you see that lightbulb go off in their heads – I never got tired of that. I feel like knowledge is power, and kindergarten is the most important year of all the years. Without reading, what else are you going to be able to accomplish?”

Tubb’s career in education has spanned several decades and several disciplines – and included a break to raise her four children. She majored in French at VCU and began working on her master’s degree in elementary education, then had two children and helped found what is now the Richmond Waldorf School – a private school that emphasizes the holistic, creative approach to education championed by the Waldorf approach. She taught at the school for several years before realizing her desire to return to public schools.

From 2002-2004, she taught Spanish and French in middle school and high school in Culpeper, then returned to Henrico and taught both languages at Rolfe Middle. That stint helped her realize that elementary education was her true calling, and after the birth of her youngest child, she left Rolfe to complete her master’s of education with an endorsement in elementary education. She was rehired by Henrico in 2008 to teach at Ashe.

Tubb carried the tenets of the Waldorf approach with her to public schools and ultimately to Ashe, a Title I school with a high-percentage of disadvantaged students.

“It’s a lot of hands-on, auditory [learning], movement,” Tubb said. “The kids at Ashe were super musical, super rhythmical, super hands-on. What I found was when I incorporated a lot of these things. . . the results they got on testing were strong. [Administrators] were like, ‘Go for it.’”

Tubb recently concluded her time at Ashe in order to spend time at home with her three youngest children and start a small business, called Eliza Jane (http://www.ElizaJaneRVA.com), through which she will make and sell creative and colorful decor for classrooms and homes. She witnessed firsthand the benefits of such decor as a teacher and hopes to foster similar benefits for students regionally and nationally.
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Balinese dancers from the Indonesian Embassy and Richmond's own Gamelan Raga Kusuma and Rumput will perform at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre. Raga Kusuma plays traditional and contemporary gamelan (percussion orchestra) music from the Indonesian island of Bali. Founded in 2007, the group has toured Bali, collaborated with numerous Balinese master artists, and performed extensively in the United States. Rumput plays a style of Indonesian street music called keroncong which they blend with old time Appalachian music. They use shadow theater and a style of scrolling artwork called a cranky to accompany their music. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at http://www.henricolive.com. Full text

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