Henrico’s Top Teachers – Carrie Gouldman

Carrie Gouldman grew up in a family of teachers but was determined to follow a different career path herself.


Although she graduated from Old Dominion University with a human service counseling degree and went to work in the real estate field, it wasn’t long before she realized something didn’t feel right.

“I missed being around kids,” she recalled.

The pull was too much to overcome, and she decided to go back to school to earn a master’s degree in teaching. Following a year in Petersburg and four in Caroline teaching kindergarten, she began teaching the same grade level at Trevvett Elementary this school year.

“She is extremely gifted in getting the best out of the children, in focusing them on their work with firmness and positivity,” one nominator wrote of Gouldman. “My granddaughter has blossomed under her teaching and loves to go to school because of her! We need teachers like her in our schools.”

Gouldman views her role as a critical one in the future of each child’s education.

“Every single student has to have a kindergarten teacher that they love in order to love school,” she said. “I hope that I'm making that impact on my students. If they don’t have a good experience in kindergarten, then they may not like coming to school [in subsequent years].”

To help connect with each of her students individually, Gouldman asks them each to fill a little brown bag with things that they like best and bring it to the second day of class. The students share their favorite items, and Gouldman takes mental notes about them – then incorporates them whenever possible throughout the year in different lessons, as a way to keep students individually engaged and excited.

“Our daughter has developed a love for learning and reading in her time in Ms. Gouldman's class,” another nominator wrote. “She is much more confident in her ability to figure things out and pushes herself to try harder things. Ms. Gouldman has helped lay a great foundation for her future schooling.”

To Gouldman, the key to reaching each child is understanding how each one learns and adapting lessons accordingly.

“The best part is that at the beginning of the school year they come in not knowing anything, and you can see at the end of the school year what they have accomplished,” she said.

Having her own son two years ago has changed the way Gouldman acts in the classroom, she said.

“I give more hugs.”
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017

This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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Hermitage quarterback Jay Carney escapes defenders during the Panthers' 33-0 win against Godwin Friday night. Hermitage is 8-0 and has won its past four games by a combined score of 172-28. > Read more.

Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field

Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

Business in brief

Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion

A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

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