Henrico’s Top Teachers – Holly Colby

A career in graphic design was in the cards for Holly Colby when she entered VCU’s School of the Arts as an undergrad, but a service-learning class at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond changed that.
“I was really just taking a class to fill up the semester,” Colby recalled, “but I just loved it. I found myself looking forward to it. I guess a lightbulb went on and I was like, ‘Why don’t I become a teacher?’”
So she did, eventually becoming a student teacher at Dumbarton Elementary School after graduating with a master’s degree in 2005. When a permanent substitute position opened at the school, she was hired. Then a kindergarten teaching position opened, and she began the role for which she seemed destined.
“I go to work every day just full of love, full of happiness,” Colby said.
Her class is “the Colby family” and as such, she hosts a “personal share” time each morning to help establish and build strong connections with each child. Students share anything special or interesting that is happening in their lives, and the class celebrates each one together.
For one of Colby’s students, that special attention has paid big dividends.
“When my daughter started kindergarten she was extremely shy,” a mother wrote in a nomination letter. “She would not look at or speak to most other adults unless it was to tell them to ‘go away.’ She wanted to make friends, but wasn’t sure how.
“Within a week Mrs. Colby had her speaking in front of her class, and coming home to tell us about all the friends she had made. We are regularly stopped by people because they want to remark on how much progress she has made. She will look at and speak confidently to other adults and children. She has volunteered to lead the Lord’s prayer in church. These were all things that were unheard of for her before kindergarten.”
For Colby, it’s all about showing her students that she truly cares about them and their education.
“You see the sparkle in their eyes when they complete a task or make progress,” she said. “You need to be invested in them.”
Colby drops a gem or rock into a “gem jar” she keeps on her desk, as a way of celebrating individual accomplishments of her students.
“I’ll go over and tell the kids, ‘This rock right here is for Johnny, and then they’ll all clap,” she said. It makes me very happy to walk in there every day.”
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair

Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21

Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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