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HCPS students add skills, lobby Congress for technical education

McKenna Slough
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.

Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.

The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Skip Stevens

You might say that teaching runs in Lewis “Skip” Stevens’ family. So does athletics. And coaching.

Stevens, a physical education teacher at Holman Middle School, is a product of Henrico County Public Schools whose mother, Penny Stevens, has taught P.E. at Godwin High School during two separate stints. His older sister, Stacy Hilton, is a third-grade teacher at Maude Trevvett Elementary School, and her husband, Eric Hilton, teaches fifth grade there.

And Stevens’ brother, Bucky, teaches business at Byrd Middle School.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Darla Perry

Darla Perry has been fascinated by the way people communicate since meeting a classmate in high school who had a stuttering problem. Her desire to help those in similar situations, coupled with her love of children, led her to a lengthy and varied career as an educator, which has included time as a consultant, direct care provider and educational trainer, as well as a teacher.

She landed in Henrico County eight years ago when a position at Rivers Edge Elementary School’s Social Integrated Services Program opened. The program is one of a handful of elementary “hubs” in Henrico for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Perry works with 10 students in kindergarten, first and second grades, helping them to transition from life at home to a new environment in school.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Dawn Nadeau

In Dawn Nadeau’s free time she gardens, paints and fixes old furniture. As someone drawn to the beauty of watching things grow, adapting along the way and making an impact creatively, it is a reflection of her true passion of teaching children.

"I always knew teaching was something that I wanted to do,” said Nadeau. “My whole family was teachers, and I come from a long line of educators, principals and counselors, which has been a drive for me. I just absolutely love children, and I kept getting pulled towards teaching.”

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Brandon McFarling

An avid guitarist from the age of 15, Brandon McFarling originally thought he might go into musical theater as a career. Not only did he enjoy playing in a band as a teenager, but he was able to use his musical talents to academic advantage. One notable high school teacher, Sharon Conner Hayden, allowed him to perform a song about Catcher in the Rye instead of submitting a paper – and gave him an A on the assignment.

It wasn't until he worked for the Boys and Girls Club in Martinsville that he began to consider teaching. Not only were the young children at the Club excited about learning – which sparked his interest in ways to make learning fun – but he also saw that he could influence young boys in particular.

Deep Run marathon dance raises record $254,221

The eighth annual Deep Run Marathon Dance may have exhausted the hundreds of high school students who participated, but it provided an invigorating boost to 12 charities. The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $254,221, bringing its eight-year fundraising total to $1.36 million. The amount is a new one-year record for the dance. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks no. 2 nationally in fundraising for such events.

Participating students checked in on Friday night, March 14 and left 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.

HCPS assistant principal named to national “20 to Watch” list

Byrd Middle School Assistant Principal Jennifer Maddux recently was named to the national “20 to Watch” list of prominent education technology leaders by the National School Board Association (NSBA). The annual award goes to educators who “inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions” and increase efficiency, according to the NSBA.

The organization said Maddux has “brought life and energy” to Byrd. The judges cited her experience as an instructional technology resource teacher, which equipped her to create a suite of online resources and coach teachers in creating engaging, student-centered instruction.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards.

Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others.

HEF awards grants to 9 Henrico schools


Sandston Elementary School will soon have an engineering program for kindergartners and will teach classes in video game creation, thanks to two grants totaling $1,228 from the Henrico Education Foundation. The school was one of nine public schools in the county to receive a grant from HEF recently. In total, HEF awarded $18,612 to Henrico public schools for winter 2014.

Mehfoud Elementary will use its $225 grant to bring a practicing artist to help students with a mural of U.S. Indian tribes. Godwin High School will use its $2,700 grant to get 3D printer technology to create science and math research models.

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