Henrico’s Top Teachers – Debbie Shepperson

Debbie Shepperson has taught fourth grade at Victory Christian Academy for the past 10 years. There, she can combine her passion in her faith, as well as her passion for teaching, to make an impact on students.

Shepperson always knew she would become a teacher.

“When I was in the third grade, I loved the way my third-grade teacher taught the class,” Shepperson said. “She made everyone feel special, everyone had something to contribute to the class, and every day I thought I wanted to do that.”

Growing up in a faith-based household, Shepperson recalled that the teacher in her was present at an early age, and before she knew it, she was leading her Bible study group and teaching scriptures, despite being the youngest child in the group.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Shepperson attended the same small college, St. Paul’s, and graduated with an English degree with a minor in early childhood education. Upon graduation, she took a year off and worked as an assistant director at the daycare her mother operated. Shepperson wanted to give back to her mother, who had helped her get through college.

Shepperson taught first grade in the Richmond public school system for seven years and wasn’t sure she would ever want to teach older children. However, since she moved to Victory Christian and started teaching fourth-graders, she’s never looked back.

“When I go the job, I fell in love with fourth grade immediately,” she said. “My favorite part is the connection through the way I teach. I use a lot of movement and dance, and a lot of cheers and songs, and it’s through those methods that the kids are connected to what we’re doing, and they love it. At the end of the day, I want them to be able to share what they learned with their parents and have it be meaningful and fun.”

Shepperson recalled a mentor in college who told her, “Always make teaching fun,” and that is exactly what she tries to do through music and movement.

A parent of a child Shepperson taught wrote, “My son, my oldest child, is now in the ninth grade. My youngest is now in the fourth grade. When my son hears my youngest singing a new song she learned in “Shep’s” class, he joins right in with her, and when they are done, he always says, ‘Wow! I remember that in her class!’ Five years later, and my son still recalls the songs from memory. That’s leaving a legacy!”

For Shepperson, making that impact and lasting impression is what teaching is all about. Being able to combine that with her faith is even better.

“I love to be able to share my faith and pray with them, read the word of God, and show them that our faith walk with the Lord is real. The choices and decisions we make throughout the day should reflect the love we have in our hearts. You can share Jesus with the kids, and that’s unique in the teaching world.”
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