Henrico’s Top Teachers – Lyn Lunsford

Lyn Lunsford thinks of herself as a “one-trick pony” – someone for whom teaching was her only true career option. If that’s the case, she’s certainly made the most of it.

Lunsford, a longtime second-grade teacher at the Steward School, traces her interest in the profession to her mother, who taught high school history. That fostered a love of ancient history in her that shows itself even in her classroom with young students, when she introduces units about Mesopotamia and ancient Greece and Rome.

Lunsford attended St. Catherine’s School in Richmond for 12 years and has taught in public school systems in New Jersey and Virginia, in addition to Collegiate School. She found a home, however, at Steward because it allows her the opportunity to spend lots of individual time with each of her students.

“What I love about Steward is that it’s a small school, and we do small very well,” she said. “I really have my finger on what every child is doing.”

In her students, Lunsford sees “natural scholars who are so curious about everything and so eager to learn.”

To hear parents tell it, Lunsford is responsible for much of that curiosity and excitement.

“My son has struggled with reading and has had a journey of tutoring and support to help him along this path. [Lunsford] has not only worked hard at catching him up, but she has also inspired him to grow even more than he thought possible,” one parent wrote in a letter nominating Lunsford. “Thanks to her help and enthusiasm, he is constantly reading and engaged in learning. He has grown a love of creative writing because Lyn has equipped him with the skills and confidence necessary to feel successful.”

Such stories are motivational for Lunsford, as is the process of helping students find their own writing voices.

“To see a child who doesn’t think he is capable and then, wow, that look on his face when he almost surprised himself – that’s the most rewarding part,” she said.
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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 following Henrico County libraries will celebrate all things Star Wars with “May the Fourth Be with You” events at 6:30 p.m.: Gayton – bring your own shirt to be a tie (dye) fighter; Tuckahoe – prepare to be a Jedi Knight at Padawan Training; and Varina – watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens while doing crafts based on the Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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