Henrico’s Top Teachers – Beth Waggoner

Beth Waggoner, 41, wants her fourth-graders at Chamberlayne Elementary School to leave her classroom with a drive to come back the next day.
       
Waggoner always wanted to be a teacher. She was exposed to education her whole life and saw her mom serve as an educator for more than 40 years.
       
“I admired her work and the impact she had on her students and their families,” said Waggoner. “Her students would talk about the ways my mom was funny in the classroom but on the other hand, how she held them to the highest of expectations for them to be great. I can still remember going into her classroom before the year started and helping her prepare for another successful year.”
       
Waggoner attended Mary Washington College and earned a degree in American studies.
       
While in college, she led many cooperative group work assignments for practicums, something that helped her build 21st-century learners by teaching collaboration and communication without the use of technology.
       
Although Waggoner teaches all subjects to her fourth graders, her favorite is Virginia studies, because she enjoys making history come alive, a reflection of her teaching style – joie de vivre.
         
Joie de vivre is that cheerful enjoyment of life with enthusiasm and energy – I believe in an active and stimulating learning environment that fosters the love of learning and has the kids wanting more,” Waggoner said.
       
Her initiatives haven’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this month, Waggoner was named the top teacher in the Henrico County Public Schools system, earning the Gilman Teacher of the Year Award.
       
“My favorite part of her class is that she does and teaches about things we’ve never learned before,” said one student. “
       
Outside of teaching, Waggoner can be found spending time with her two daughters. She finds that each experience with them relates back to teaching. Many moments with her students make her pause and think, ‘How would I want to hear this from my own child’s teacher?’ she said.
         
“There are always possibilities. . . Possibilities exist every day, in every experience. [Students] just need to believe in themselves like I do, and they will excel,” Waggoner said. “I want them to know that I am always doing the silent fist pump in the air when they do a great job.”
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