Henrico’s Top Teachers – Erica Whiting

Erica Whiting, 27, followed the family tradition and became a preschool teacher like her mother. Whiting teaches at Glen Lea Elementary School, where she works with eager and energetic preschoolers who are ready to soak up everything.

Whiting graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a degree in early childhood education and credited her time there with developing her knowledge.

“My college professors at JMU also had a deep passion for education, and in all of my classes, we were always learning something that opened up my mind to the vastness in teaching young children,” she said. “Both in Italy [where she taught at an international school] and at JMU I learned a lot about independent learning, and how impactful ‘real-life’ experiences are for children. It was there that I developed my style of teaching, which geared to my students taking ownership in their learning and making their learning a hands-on experience.”

Whiting described her teaching method as one that involves all the senses. In her classroom, it is not uncommon to hear students singing or to see them dancing and receiving praise – something she feels is important to instill success and accomplishments.
         
“The children have taught me so much about myself and about how to enjoy life,” Whiting said. “I have seen so many students who really desire to take what I am teaching them and impact other lives. I feel that as a preschool teacher we have the chance to instill a life-long passion to learn. So it is my goal each day to meet my students where they are at and try to bring out life that is inside of them and to find the excitement in learning.”
       
Whiting is currently working on her master’s in early childhood special education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Outside of the classroom, she spends time volunteering at the Youth Life Foundation of Richmond in Northside, a non-profit organization that works to develop leaders by making long-term investments in children from at-risk communities.
       
“She tutors at Youth Life in Delmont once a week,” wrote one faculty member in a nomination letter. “She will bring in food, clothing and anything else a child might need. She helps them in school as well as outside by trying to let each child know they are special and to believe in themselves.”
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Henrico County will hold its monthly sale of unclaimed, forfeited and surplus property on June 6 (Henrico residents and taxpayers) and June 7 (general public) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4323 Carolina Ave. Items for sale generally include office furniture, supplies and old computer equipment. All sales final. For details, call the Surplus Hotline at 501-5660 (option 3) or visit http://www.henrico.us/purchasing/surplus-sales. Full text

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