Henrico’s Top Teachers – Stephanie Poxon

Dr. Stephanie Poxon wears a lot of hats as director for the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School. First and foremost, she’s a director and administrator, but she’s also a teacher, cheerleader, coach, the staff pianist, the stage production manager and even sometimes the nurse and janitor.

The Florida native got her bachelor’s degree in musical education from the University of Central Florida, master’s degree in music from the University of Florida and doctorate in musicology from the Catholic University of America.

Before her combined 10 years at Henrico High School and the Center for the Arts, Poxon was an adjunct professor teaching music theory at Virginia Commonwealth University, Randolph-Macon College, Reynolds Community College and the University of Central Florida. Poxon also worked nearly seven years at the Library of Congress in its music division and on its education outreach team.

As director for the Center for the Arts with four programs, Poxon (pictured upper right with CFA students) is always looking for creative and innovative ways to further the center’s artistic approach. Poxon said she tries to tell the students just how lucky they are to have a Center for the Arts where they live.

“I tell the students, I didn't have such a center at my high school in Florida,” Poxon said. “I'm so passionate about what I do here, to serve them, the teachers and the community. I believe in the arts and the power it has to lift peoples' lives and further their education. This center prepares people for the next level, and you find that you're so far ahead coming out of the gate, when you get to college or the workforce. We are all about setting students up for success.”

Another thing Poxon does to help her students is working with them on their applications and perfecting their routines and talents for tryouts for the Governor’s School.

“Each high school from Henrico can let two students apply,” Poxon said. “So, there’s two dance, two theater, two visual arts, two vocal music and two instrumental kids that can apply. At the Center for the Arts, we have a plethora of talented students, we can only pick two so we first do a round of in house auditions at the center. Then I work with the 10 candidates we choose on their applications issued from the state.

“I also run the county wide meeting along with the gifted coordinator in December for all of the kids from the county high schools and I walk all of them through the application process. Then I go with the kids to the regional auditions at Christopher Newport University in early January. I spend the whole day with my kids and other kids from the county there to help, calm and soothe them. We have an extremely high success rate of students from the Center of the Arts who get into the Governor’s School, so I’m very proud of that.” 

Those who nominated Poxon said she is always there to help a student or parent regardless of her busy schedule.

“She is an amazing leader, Dr. Poxon knows all of the more than 250 students in the center by name,” the nominator wrote. “She is at every event that goes on during and after hours, including Fall Showcase, Spring Showcase, field trips, etc. All of this is on top of her administrative duties at the center, which means she is on the go all of the time, but she is never too busy to help a student or a parent.”
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