Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebecca Friedlander

Although she comes from a family of teachers, it was the influence of her own first-grade teacher at Pemberton Elementary School that inspired Rebecca Friedlander to become one herself.
       
That teacher, Mrs. Powers, connected with Friedlander, working with her in class and even bringing work to her home at times. Powers’ dedication left a lasting impression on Friedlander, who often returned to her former teacher’s classroom later in her own elementary school career to assist younger students.
       
As a fourth-grade teacher at Skipwith Elementary School, Friedlander treats her own students with the same level of personal attention her teacher showed her years ago.
       
“It’s all about building relationships, with the kids and the parents,” she said. “I greet my students each day in the morning at the door, just to check in with them. I want to know how their night was, make sure I know what interests them outside of the school.
       
“It’s about seeing the whole child.”
       
To that end, Friedlander can call upon her two master’s degrees in curriculum teaching – or she can lean on her natural intuition. Both have contributed to her success with reaching students of all types.
       
The godmother of one of her students wrote in a nomination letter that her godson struggled with math and science, but has shown marked improvement in many areas – in and out of the classroom – since the start of the school year.
       
“He loves to please,” she wrote, “but when it comes to school, he seemed to enjoy the attention he received from speaking out of turn and acting silly. However, ever since he has been in Mrs. Friedlander’s class, his desire has been to finish his work, behave in class and do his absolute best.
       
“Mrs. Friedlander has been patient, firm, yet kind and caring. She is very smart, and he tells us such. [He] says, ‘God sent Mrs. Friedlander to be my teacher.’ Our entire family agrees.”     
       
Friedlander also aims to serve as the type of positive force for her students that another of her teachers – Barbara Fisher of Godwin High School – was for her. Fisher died recently but the memories of how she always provided a safe haven and much-needed support for Friedlander and other students lives on.
       
“I think about her a lot,” Friedlander said.
       
So too do Friedlander’s own students and their parents think about her.
       
“She takes time to explains things to him,” the godmother wrote of Friedlander. “She tries different strategies to help him learn. She is extremely patient yet firm, and as a result, [he] has gotten the highest grades he has ever earned in elementary school.”
       
For Friedlander, finding the solution for each child is part of the fun. She utilizes small group work, stations for math, computers, games and other subjects.
       
“You just kind of keep working at it until you can figure out how he or she is going to comprehend it,” she said.
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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will hold a grand opening reception for the new exhibit “Shared Space – Art and Living” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit explores ways to mix and match artisan-made pieces together to make your home uniquely your own. Attendees will have a chance to meet and greet the artist. Wine and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The exhibit runs through July 16. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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