Henrico’s Top Teachers – David Savino

David Savino, 38-year teaching veteran at Hermitage High School, created a legacy when he started a 20th Century history class in 1986 that aimed to teach students the story of the 20th (and 21st) centuries and provide them with context for current events. The course is now taught in every high school in the county, viewed as an important supplement to the U.S. history SOL exams, and has  remained one of the most sought-after and popular classes at Hermitage High School despite not being required for graduation.
There’s a reason why.
For many of Savino’s students, it’s simply his ability to make history interesting and relatable.
“Mr. Savino has a way of making history come alive,” one former student wrote in a nomination letter. “Twentieth century history is a class he created – it’s his passion, and it shows.”
Savino attended James Madison University and earned a degree in history. He didn’t have a desire to teach until his senior year of college, when he had an impactful professor and realized that teaching would allow him to combine his love for history and passion for coaching.
“I had a professor in college who taught history like an unfolding adventure story,” Savino said. “She made you feel like you were part of the story and understood the personalities and motives of the participants. I have tried to model my teaching style after hers.”
Savino’s method involves interactive lectures that demand student participation through Socratic-like questioning. Unlike many technology-driven approaches, Savino describes his classroom as a little more ‘old school.’
During his career at Hermitage High, the school has become his home away from home. Savino’s tenure at Hermitage has given him the opportunity to form lasting relationships with many of his students. When he became a father seven years ago, he felt it made him empathize more with his students.
“My siblings and I have taken his class, and now my daughter takes his class and loves it,” wrote a past student. “She raves about how he keeps her interested in history, and she loves his entertaining stories and teaching methods. He is truly one of a kind.”
Savino also has coached baseball for more than 30 years and is currently the manager at Glen Allen High.

In 2010, he won the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes public school teachers who have distinguished themselves through their inspiring classroom performance. Savino marks it as his favorite teaching experience and one that allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro through the monetary grant he received.
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All Henrico County Public Libraries will kick-off “Build a Better World,” the summer reading program, with The Amazing Mr. B, who will dazzle and delight with his feats of illusion and mystification. Event times are: June 20 – 10:30 a.m. at Glen Allen Library, 2:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, and 6:30 p.m. at Gayton Library; June 21 – 10:30 a.m. at North Park Library, 2:30 p.m. at Twin Hickory Library, and 6:30 p.m. at Libbie Mill Library; and June 22 – 10:30 a.m. at Fairfield Library, 2:30 p.m. at Sandston Library, and 6:30 p.m. at Varina Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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