Henrico’s Top Teachers – Cathy Brown

Catherine Brown has established a well-known presence and made an impact with students and faculty during her 14 years at Nuckols Farm Elementary School. Brown, a fifth-grade teacher, seeks to make every child feel special.

“In fifth grade, I started finding the math being taught too easy and slow,” wrote one student in a nomination letter. “She was so nice to spend extra time with me and teach me some sixth-grade math. She had helped me meet my goal in taking advanced math in sixth grade.”

Brown attended Virginia Tech and majored in secondary education, then took time off to be at home with her children. Later, she earned an endorsement in elementary education and stepped into the world of teaching.

“I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher,” she recalled. “I grew up across from my elementary school in Fairfax, and as children we would play school during the summer using worksheets the teachers threw away on the last day of school. It was so much fun!”

Brown’s first teaching position was for a fifth grade class, and she immediately fell in love.

“They are smart and independent but still so sweet and fun,” said Brown. “It’s amazing to see how much they grow up over the year. I have loved working at Nuckols Farm ever since I’ve come here and can’t imagine a better place to be. When you enter our school you feel this warmth that is hard to describe. We are a family that cares about each other. We have talented, creative teachers, fantastic kids, and parents who volunteer like crazy!”

Volunteer efforts and giving back to the community are goals that Brown establishes for her classroom every year.

During the past two years, her fifth-grade classes have completed service projects centered on giving back to others and making a lasting impact.

The children worked together researching the various organizations in the region that would be able to use some new children’s books. They created power point presentations about the Hilliard House, St. Joseph’s Villa, Children’s Hospital and other organizations and they will soon give more than 150 new books to deserving kids in the community.

“I want the children to feel like they are part of a community in which people care about each other,” Brown said. “This let them really see the great needs that exist in our community. My goal each school year is to make each child feel valued and special. Each child is their parents’ greatest treasure, and as teachers, we have a huge responsibility to take care of each of them while they are in our care.”
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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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West Broad Village’s Rock & Roll Summer outdoor concert series continues at “The Pad,” adjacent to Aloft Hotel at 3939 Duckling Dr., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Even Better Than the Real Thing, a U2 tribute band, will perform. The concert is free and open to the public. Several parking decks feature free parking. The series continues every other Friday through August. For details, visit http://www.shopwestbroadvillage.com or www.facebook.com/WestBroadVillageShopping. Full text

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