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.

Her teaching career began in New York, where she spent 13 years working in early intervention, primarily with autistic students. When she and her husband moved to the Richmond area in 2015, a job at the Virginia Randolph Education Center caught her attention, though she was initially somewhat hesitant.

“But I called my aunt, who is a retired special education teacher, and my cousin, who is a special education teacher in New York, and they said ‘Give it a year – you’re going to love it and never want to go back to anything else,’” Yarema recalled.“Virginia Randolph is definitely that change I was looking for.”

Many of the eight first-grade students Yarema works with have been unsuccessful in their home schools because of behavioral problems. So she works to implement routine-driven schedules for them and practice rules with them.

“The goal is for these kids to get in, to learn the coping skills and strategies they need, and then to get back to their home schools,” Yarema said.

“Rita balances and attends to the varying needs of each student in their level of transition," a colleague wrote of Yarema. "She is restorative in communication with students, taking the time to process behavioral challenges with students and reinforcing positive behaviors. Rita is open and collaborative with families, talking to parents weekly and sometimes daily to ensure that home and school are speaking the same language and brainstorming how to handle issues that may arise."

Working with families is key to Yarema’s approach.

“All the families I work with, they genuinely want to help their children but they don't know how,” she said.

Yarema is willing to go above and beyond her teaching responsibilities to help students and their families however possible. When she learned one family might soon lose its housing, she took action.

“Rita did not stop at what could be provided by the county or the school; she pulled upon personal connections to help this child and the family in order to provide assistance when needed,” the nominator wrote.

Wrote another colleague of Yarema’s style: “She is firm, but gentle in her approach with students. She does an incredible job of balancing the immense emotional, social, and educational needs of our students. She makes learning fun and accessible and is a true asset to our campus family."
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