11 seniors form inaugural HCPS ‘Teacher Scholars’ group

Pictured (left to right) are: top row – Ann Allen, Amber Walker; second row – Breana Figueroa, Meredith Dean, Jalik Burton; third row – Sydney Hogue, Missi Radday, Katelin Nolan; fourth row – Cooper Sved, Jennavive Benko, Sadie Hodges.
Eleven high school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program will have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program is a way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The 2015 group includes:

• Sadie Hodges, Deep Run High School
• Breana Figueroa, Douglas Freeman High School
• Jennavive Benko, Glen Allen High School
• Sydney Hogue, Glen Allen High School
• Cooper Sved, Glen Allen High School
• Amber Walker, Glen Allen High School
• Jalik Burton, Henrico High School
• Ann Allen, JR Tucker High School
• Missi Radday, JR Tucker High School
• Meredith Dean, Mills Godwin High School
• Katelin Nolan, Mills Godwin High School

“The students were so incredibly well prepared for their interviews, and the sample lessons they taught were thorough, engaging and educational for the panel members,” said Mandy Baker, HCPS human resources director. “Delivering such great news to the recipients was a joy. We are so proud of these students for wanting to devote their careers to teaching and especially for coming back home to Henrico.”

The school division is experiencing teacher shortages in math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education, and family and consumer sciences. The students agree to earn a teaching degree or complete an undergraduate degree in one of the content shortage areas. When they graduate from college, HCPS will guarantee them a teaching position, along with $5,000. Teacher Scholars agree to teach in Henrico County schools for at least three years and to be placed where they are most needed. Should they leave the school system before three years, they are required to repay the $5,000.

Participants can opt out of the program at any time during college without penalty.
Detailed information about the program and an application can be found at http://henrico.k12.va.us/TeacherScholars.html. Applications for the next group of participants will be due in early 2016.
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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field

Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

Business in brief

Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion

A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals

Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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