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CBF immerses local teachers in Bay ecology

Just how far will a middle school science teacher go in pursuit of becoming a better educator?

For two teachers from Holman Middle School, the desire to get better at their jobs prompted them to endure bug bites, 90-plus temperatures and primitive living conditions, and took them to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent nights in rustic cabins without air conditioning, showers, or many of the comforts of home.

As an added bonus, they endured – or enjoyed, in some cases – numerous eyeball-to-eyeball encounters with scaly, slimy water creatures.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Kara Harrison

As a young child, Kara Beth Harrison was greatly influenced not only by the special teachers she had in the Salem City School system – "too many to name," she said – but also by her mother's passion for teaching.

"She loved her job," said Harrison of her mother. "She always had positive things to say about being a teacher."

As a teacher of special needs children who often have behavioral issues as well as a limited command of English, Harrison works with some of the most difficult children a teacher can have -- yet she easily relates to her mother.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tom Mallory

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.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Laila Marshall

Laila Marshall always has enjoyed the special satisfaction that comes from helping children with special needs. As a high school student, she worked with a group of them in a day care center adjacent to her school, furthering interaction with youngsters that began with babysitting experiences at age 11.

"I guess I've always enjoyed working with them and helping and watching them grow," she said.

So when she entered the teaching profession in 1997 in Florida, it was hardly a shock that she would end up in exceptional education. She moved to Central Virginia in 2004, taught for two years at Highland Springs High School, took a year off, and then moved to Shady Grove Elementary. There, she has served as the lead exceptional education teacher for the past five years.

ICGR honors Henrico students

On Feb. 28, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized 53 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 46th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards. Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Daniel C. Smith of Virginia Commonwealth University and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others.

UR, VCU conference to examine educational equity in region

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education and the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies Graduate Education Program and Center for Leadership in Education will co-host a conference to discuss possibilities for advancing educational equity and excellence in Richmond area schools March 13-14. Meetings will be held in the VCU Sports Medicine Building at 1300 West Broad St. and UR Jepson Alumni Center at 101 College Rd. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.richmond.edu/movingforward

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Hermitage Technical Center’s Tech Ethics Society (TES), an HTC student service organization, recently has completed candy sales to raise money for the medals and t-shirts that are given to its members upon completion of their technical center class.

In other news: HTC is preparing to participate in the 2013 Internship Fair for Henrico County Public Schools, to be held at Glen Allen High School. The event is supported by the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Business Council, and offers students the opportunity to learn about internships that can help them make informed career decisions.

School briefs - Henrico High School

At Henrico High School, there’s a little tradition that all the students love to hate called a clean sweep.

In order to deter students from being tardy to class, there will be a clean sweep at the start of the period sporadically throughout the week. When a clean sweep happens, Mrs. Fleming comes over the P.A. system and announces proudly for all citizens of HHS, “Teachers, please lock your doors. Do not admit students into your class unless they have a pass. Students, if you do not have a pass, please report to the South Cafeteria. This is a clean sweep!”

School briefs - Glen Allen High School

After a second successful year, the Glen Allen Silent Night basketball game has been solidified as a tradition that will continue for years to come. During the Silent Night game the crowd is completely silent until the team scores its tenth basket – then the crowd erupts.

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