Henrico’s Top Teachers – Dalida Ghoussoub

Dalida Ghoussoub didn’t realize 40 years ago when she tutored her neighbor’s epileptic daughter (to help pay for private school tuition expenses) that the experience would shape her future and spark her interest in teaching students who struggle academically.
       
Now, as an exceptional education teacher at Highland Springs High School, Ghoussoub is in her third year of teaching the Functional Academics program.
       
Ghoussoub grew up in Lebanon, lived in California for 15 years, and moved to the Richmond region in 2003. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in biology. Ghoussoub had nursing in mind but also was about to start a family and wanted to take full-time parenting to heart. The addition of early childhood education to her coursework  played a tremendous role in her authoritative child-rearing, as well in her current teaching role.
       
“I treat my students just like I do my own children: a relatively high expectation promoting students’ sense of independence, healthy social interactions with peers and emotional self-control,” Ghoussoub said. “My students play an active and participatory role in their own learning process.”
       
Ghoussoub’s classroom experience is focused on interaction, engagement and preparation for life after high school. The functional curriculum is centered around providing students life skills needed for independent living, such as making a doctor’s appointment, paying bills and writing a resume.
       
In her three years at Highland Springs, Ghoussoub has created a learning garden for students to plant, garden and grow and a basketball team for students with disabilities. She also has held multiple autism awareness events.
       
“Mrs. Ghoussoub helps students with job sites. She also helps get them interacted in the environment. The students are well rounded with the help of Mrs.Ghoussoub. She helps expose her students to all facets of life so they understand there is unlimited resources and options for their future,” one nominator wrote of Ghoussoub.
       
Ghoussoub would like to be remembered by her students as the teacher who made a difference, so that they could make it in life. As a teacher of students with disabilities, every day is about keeping the students active in the school community and the community at large. Peer support also plays a huge role in special education teaching and leads to positive interactions that can bring out the best of all students, from empathy to leadership and tolerance of differences.
       
“Mrs. Ghoussoub is the hardest working person I know. Not only does she put her full effort into work but willingly stays after work when everyone is gone and brings all of her work home trying to brainstorm new  ideas and ways to interact with her students,” a nominator wrote. “She has designed several programs. She puts  her whole effort in everything she does and is truly passionate. Her energy is contagious and so is her loving heart.”
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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.

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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.

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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

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State honors EMS officials this week

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The University of Richmond, in conjunction with Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club, will present the 20th annual Big Yard Sale from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Millhiser Gymnasium, 23 Boatwright Dr., on the UR campus. The sale features students’ discards including clothing and shoes, linens, household items, sporting goods, appliances, office supplies, rugs, furniture, books and more. Proceeds benefit GreenUR and FOJG-Sierra Club education programs. For details, visit http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/falls-james. Full text

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