Henrico’s Top Teachers – Beverly Brown

Inspiration can come at any time, and in any form. For Beverly Brown, it came in a fourth-grade classroom.

Her teacher that year rewarded the class by reading another chapter from Little House on the Prarie aloud each time students behaved well.

“That made me excited,” Brown recalled. “I went through school with a love of history – reading and history. I wanted to instill that in children.”

Brown has spent a quarter-century in the classroom – including the last 12 years at Echo Lake Elementary – doing just that. She teaches a collaborative class of fourth-graders, working with a number of advanced students.

“Mrs. Brown goes above and beyond to give students the best education possible,” a former student wrote in a nomination letter for Brown. 

While teaching in Amherst, Va. early in her career, Brown began an annual exercise of having her students interview local military veterans, then write essays about them and give presentations about the vets. The idea began because many of her students were unfamiliar with the meaning of Veterans Day, she said.

The assignment took on special meaning after 9/11, when Brown was teaching in Virginia Beach and many of her students’ parents and other relatives were deployed.

When Brown earned a prestigious REB Award for teaching excellence (given to only 15 Richmond-area teachers each year) in 2011, she used the award’s grant money to visit World War II sites in England and France. She took with her that year’s student essays and took pictures of them on a monument at Normandy. The experience helped bring history to life for her class.

Brown works to make lessons interactive and fun for her students. One student recalled how Brown used blow-up dolphins with fake intestines during a lesson about ocean life to help show how a stranded dolphin died. During a lesson about Virginia regions, she made cookies and had students decorate them to illustrate the differences between regions.

“She offers great feedback and always has our back,” the student wrote.

Brown makes a point to attend at least one sporting event or other event in which her students participate outside of school each year.

“I love to do that,” she said. “That’s important to me to let them know that I really care about them, even outside the classroom. I remember when my children were young and how excited they would get when their teacher would come to their baseball games.

“I want to be the kind of teacher that I would want my children and grandchildren to have.”

Staying up to date with technology helps Brown close the generation gap with her students but also provides a valuable lesson for them.

“With me having to keep up with all the things in technology, it’s teaching them that I’m still learning every day and that learning doesn’t stop when you get your report card,” she said.
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Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

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The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21

Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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Tom Leonard’s will again host its free Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch at 7 p.m. in the outdoor haybale theater. Tonight’s movie is “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” There will be cider and hot chocolate. Friday night movies are held every Friday in October. Tom Leonard’s is located at 4150 Tom Leonard Dr. near Short Pump. For details, call 364-5800 or visit http://www.tomleonards.com. Full text

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