Henrico’s Top Teachers – Lauren Byrd

Outside Lauren Byrd’s classroom, it’s not uncommon to hear laughter through the door.
       
Byrd, 47, is a coach, facilitator, lecturer and comedic relief for her seventh- and eighth-grade English students at George H. Moody Middle School. Byrd brings the subject to life through a learning style that relies heavily on exposing students to classics, highlighting universal human themes and engaging interdisciplinary units with literature, history and media.
       
Although teaching has come naturally to Byrd, it’s not something she always envisioned herself doing. After high school, she spent a summer selling electronics and appliances and realized sharing knowledge was something she enjoyed.
       
“I began to really see myself as a teacher,” she recalled. “I loved the feeling of educating the public before they spent their hard earned money, and I excelled at training new employees. Sharing new technological advancements with our customers was exciting; and as I grew in confidence, I saw that I could be the type of teacher that could connect with troubled or at-risk students, as I had been one myself.”
       
Byrd attended Lincoln Memorial University and received an education administration licensure, then moved on to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she earned a degree in English literature and a master’s in elementary education.
       
Because she attended college as an older student, her approach to secondary education was more focused on career preparation and advancement.
       
“I related to my professors and their passion for education, especially with regard to literature study,” Byrd said. “As a working mother attending college primarily through academic scholarships and Pell grants, I felt a strong desire to pay back the community for the money it had invested in my future. My teacher education program included a full, one-year unpaid teaching internship in which I worked full time every day in an elementary and middle school with my mentor teachers along with graduate classes in the evenings, some weekends and summer classes.”
       
Byrd enjoys working in a diverse population of cultures, ethnicities, and academic abilities where she can make an impact with at-risk students, as well as gifted learners. (Moody’s student population is split between application-based enrollment in the International Baccalaureate Program and community-zoned students.)
       
“Ms. Byrd is very, very relatable to all the students,” said one student. “We are relaxed around her and can talk with her. She understands us and what we need.”
       
Another student said, “She makes it seem like she is a kid herself, she’s one of us.”
       
Byrd believes students learn and perform best when they feel safe, appreciated and loved, so she spends significant time building relationships and bonding with students through short videos, music and collaborative activities.
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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.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

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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.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

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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 Mega Challah Bake will come to the Chabad Community Synagogue at 212 N. Gaskins Rd. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join women of all ages for an evening of Jewish unity, pride and inspiration. Experience the holy, ancient art of Challah braiding and bake delicious Challah bread together. No experience or baking skills necessary. All ingredients and utensils provided. Ages 12+. Cost is $18 to $25. To register, call 740-2000 ext. 0 or visit http://www.chabadofva.org. Full text

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