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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

Henrico’s Top Teachers - 2017

The Henrico Citizen's seventh-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Stephanie Poxon

Dr. Stephanie Poxon wears a lot of hats as director for the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School. First and foremost, she’s a director and administrator, but she’s also a teacher, cheerleader, coach, the staff pianist, the stage production manager and even sometimes the nurse and janitor.

The Florida native got her bachelor’s degree in musical education from the University of Central Florida, master’s degree in music from the University of Florida and doctorate in musicology from the Catholic University of America.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rita Yarema

Rita Yarema seemed likely to become a teacher anyway – her father, aunt, grandmother and cousin all were or are – but when her young sister suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed her, the decision solidified itself in her mind.

Yarema saw how her sister's special education teachers worked with her diligently to help her re-learn how to do almost everything she'd been able to do previously. The experience convinced her that she, too, wanted to work with special needs students as a teacher.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebekah Goemaat

If Rebekah Goemaat seems to bring the perspective of a social worker inside her classroom at Quioccasin Middle School, there's a good reason for it.

She once was one.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Nicole Williams

To the students who call her their teacher, there’s just something different about Nicole Williams.

"You can trust her with anything you tell her," one wrote in a nomination letter.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Katie Clark

Originally from Gainesville, Katie Clark moved to Henrico to be surrounded by all of the locally owned businesses, history and diversity that Henrico and the Richmond area have to offer.

She graduated from James Madison University and found her calling in early childhood special education. She’s spent her 12-year teaching career entirely in Henrico County.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Danny Nicholas

Danny Nicholas was about the same age as his current middle school students – and having a rough go of it – when he experienced first-hand the positive impact that a caring teacher can have on a troubled adolescent.

"My parents had just gotten divorced," Nicholas recalls, "and I had a lot of anger issues that resulted from so many new changes."

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Wendy Gilmartin

As a third-grade teacher, Wendy Gilmartin focuses on community and wants her students to leave each day wanting to come back the next.

Gilmartin, a local native and Virginia Tech alumna, has been teaching in the region for a total of 28 years – 17 in Hanover and the most recent 11 in Henrico.

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