Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tom Mallory
Tuckahoe M.S., physical education
Like many long-time teachers, Tom Mallory has a number of former students who have kept in touch with him over the years since entering adulthood.
But not too many teachers are able to claim what Mallory can: at least three namesakes among those former students' progeny.
As a teacher and coach for 30 years at the same school, Tom Mallory is well known in the Tuckahoe Middle School and Douglas Freeman High School communities. His admirers say that Mallory has not only touched hundreds of lives as a teacher and coach, but has also mentored and supported countless young people after they made their way from school into the world.
One former student who wrote to nominate him said that Mallory was the person who inspired him to become a teacher and coach as well.
"He taught me the importance of having a goal in life and making sure that goal was met," wrote the nominator. "He always has high expectations for students, but does it in a very caring way."
Mallory, in turn, responds that two teachers in particular had a tremendous influence on him. Julian (Chick) Shinault, who was his teacher at J.R. Tucker High School, inspired him as a student, while C.G. Grizzard, his mentor and department chair, inspired him as he began his teaching career at Tuckahoe.
While many observers think of the classroom as the center of school learning, teachers like Mallory view sports, athletics and the playing field as valuable extensions of the classroom. The most challenging task facing teachers, Mallory contends, is to "make students understand that everything they do matters.
"It could be academic, social or athletic, but it is all important."
The pay-off for meeting those challenges is not something that can be measured in dollars, Mallory said; no teacher gets into the profession for the money. He finds his reward, instead, in "the opportunity to work with young people and have a small part in helping to mold their futures."
Mallory quoted a parent who once told him, "Lots of people can make lots of money, but not everyone can make a difference. Teachers make a difference."
Then he went on to muse about three former students who have grown up, married, and started families of their own -- and later informed Mallory that they named a child after him.
"They each said, 'Coach Mallory, you made a big difference in my life,'" Mallory recalls.
"That to me is the ultimate compliment."
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2014
CVWMA curbside recycling collection and trash collections will have a one day delay in collections Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. There will be no collections on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Red Thursday and Red Friday curbside recyclers will have a one day delay in collection services Dec. 25-26. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have one day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Containers should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
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One of the most unique holiday traditions in Henrico, the James River Parade of Lights, takes place tomorrow. The viewing spot in Henrico will be at Osborne Park in Varina. Another annual event in the east end is the Eastern Henrico Holiday Extravaganza, taking place this year at The Armour House & Gardens and the Dabbs House Museum. In the West End, the Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Under the Same Stars” at West End Assembly of God will conclude its run on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Halligan blends local theme with tasty classics
A Halligan fan for years, I regularly patronized the Shockoe Bottom location before the roomier Short Pump site opened. Call me cornball, but I am a sucker for the decor – dominated by a fire engine with beer taps extending from the sides – as well as the story behind it.
Owner Shawn Gregory, a retired Henrico firefighter, outfitted the Halligan West location with a 1967 fire truck that his own father rode in his early career at the Highland Springs station.
Among other firefighter memorabilia incorporated into the theme are buckets and firefighter helmets suspended from the ceiling to serve as lamps, and fire hoses wound into the railing of the patio. The walls are covered with tools, photos, badges, and memorabilia from fire companies around the country, and Gregory rents a small "VIP" party deck on top of the fire engine and donates proceeds to charity, including a burn foundation. > Read more.
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