Henrico County VA
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Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

HCPS wins national ‘20/20 Vision’ contest

Henrico County Public Schools recently was named the grand prize winner in a nationwide video contest sponsored by Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions. The school district will receive a $5,000 technology grant to extend online and blended learning solution capabilities to additional students.

Henrico County’s winning video (http://www.edgenuity.com/2020visionwinners) addresses the way that technology is driving personalized learning and tailored instruction that bolsters student performance and understanding.

Tucker HS participates in teen driver safety contest

J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico is one of five Virginia high schools competing in a pilot teen driver safety video contest launched by the American Traffic Safety Services (ATSS) Foundation.

The schools are currently preparing 30-60 second public service announcement videos that will highlight the use of seat belts, unplugging from distractions (cell phones, texting) while driving, obeying posted speed limits and a variety of other safe driving habits.

Henrico fifth-grader seeks regional spelling bee title

Henrico seventh-grader Aditya Kannoth will seek his first regional spelling bee title when he makes his fifth consecutive appearance in the event March 9 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Kannoth, a student at Moody Middle School, finished second in last year's event. He has won five straight Henrico County spelling bees.

Thirty students will represent school divisions from across the region as they compete for the title. Each speller has already won a series of bees (classroom, grade level, school, division) in order to advance to the regional bee. Spellers range in age from seven to 14. The youngest competitor is Nicole Frye, a seven-year-old second-grade student representing Dinwiddie County.

Henrico students compete in LifeSmarts competition at VSU

High school students from throughout Virginia – including Henrico County – will compete March 8 in a statewide LifeSmarts competition at Virginia State University.

Eight teams of students will face challenging questions about personal finance, health and safety, consumer awareness, and home energy use. Student teams will represent Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Spotsylvania and Chancellor and High Schools in Spotsylvania County, and 4-H programs in Henrico County and Franklin County, Va.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2013

Our third annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted nearly 200 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 – Connie Kelly

You might say that education is in Connie Kelly's blood. If she needed to talk to the principal of her elementary school in Illinois, she could do so over dinner each night – he was her father. Her mother also was a teacher.

So perhaps it was no surprise when, after having children, returned to finish her college education and begin her own teaching career in her mid-30s.

"I've been loving it ever since," she said. "I wouldn't do anything else."

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Sandra Fontes

In Sandra Fontes' classroom, every student is cherished as a unique individual with diverse talents to contribute in the classroom.

"I value and embrace diversity," said Fontes, "and I teach my students to respect and appreciate the fact that we are all different."

Although the tremendous diversity of her English as a Second Language (ESL) classes might seem daunting to observers or to other teachers, Fontes contends that providing a safe and caring learning environment and using instructional strategies that address students' different learning styles and needs are all that's required for every child to learn.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Valerie Bryant

As a six-year-old, Valerie Bryant taught lessons to neighborhood children while she was still a child herself. She also created a library on her parents' front porch, complete with check-out cards for children who wanted to borrow books.

There was little doubt that she was headed for a career as an educator.

"I started out really early," she said. Her first professional teaching job came while she was still finishing her undergraduate degree at VCU and a position opened at the New Community School in Richmond.

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