Education

Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field


Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch.
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Quioccasin M.S. new nickname to be ‘Griffins’


Henrico County’s newly renamed middle school will draw inspiration from a former school resource officer, as well as lions and eagles. Students at Harry F. Byrd Middle School – which will become Quioccasin Middle School July 1 – have voted to replace the school’s “Senators” nickname with “Griffins.”

The name first was proposed by students as a way to commemorate Neil Griffin, the school’s popular former school resource officer, who died earlier this year. The mythical griffin has the body of a lion, and the head, wings and talons of an eagle.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2016

The Henrico Citizen's sixth-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.

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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Beth Waggoner

Chamberlayne ES, fourth grade
Beth Waggoner, 41, wants her fourth-graders at Chamberlayne Elementary School to leave her classroom with a drive to come back the next day.

Waggoner always wanted to be a teacher. She was exposed to education her whole life and saw her mom serve as an educator for more than 40 years.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Holly Colby

Dumbarton ES, kindergarten
A career in graphic design was in the cards for Holly Colby when she entered VCU’s School of the Arts as an undergrad, but a service-learning class at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond changed that.

“I was really just taking a class to fill up the semester,” Colby recalled, “but I just loved it. I found myself looking forward to it. I guess a lightbulb went on and I was like, ‘Why don’t I become a teacher?’”
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Lauren Byrd

Moody MS, English
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.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Shamiya Bell

Ridge ES, kindergarten
Shamiya Bell fell in love with the idea of teaching when she was in third grade in Tennessee. Her teacher, Mrs. Casey, pushed her to do her best and encouraged her. She was strict, but fun.

“I just never forgot that grade – or her,” Bell recalled recently. “I always wanted to teach third grade.

So when Bell graduated from VCU as an education major with a master’s degree in the field as well, there was little doubt about which grade she would teach.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebecca Morrish

Wilder MS, math
It’s no surprise that Rebecca Morrish’s office is a classroom.

“I always wanted to be a teacher ever since I knew what a teacher was,” she said. “Every year since kindergarten, I pretty much fell in love with my teacher and said ‘I’m going to grow up to be just like you.’”

But it was her geometry teacher in high school in New York, Mrs. Seasley, who inspired her ultimate career path.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Ann Marie Benson

Weinstein JCC, preschool
Ann Marie Benson began her journey at Weinstein JCC as a parent volunteer and has transformed into a 19-year preschool teaching veteran who also serves as the early morning childcare coordinator. At the JCC, she is able to combine her passion for working with children and her faith.

Benson is a graduate of Wilkes University but believes her education will never be complete when it comes to teaching. She learns something new every day from her children, co-workers, workshops, lectures and conferences and continues to take college courses each summer in early childhood education.
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Part Two of Henrico’s Ambassador Program for Seniors (HAPS) will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. (HAPS) is a free, bi-annual program open to adults 55 or older. The program is broken into two parts and is designed to give residents the tools they need to navigate services for older adults in Henrico. Both programs feature different speakers. Participants must have their own transportation. To RSVP, call 501-5065 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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