HCPS ‘Teacher of the Year,’ ‘First Year Teacher of the Year’ announced

Henrico County Public Schools recently named Taylor Snow, a social studies teacher at Moody Middle School, as the winner of the 2013 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award, and Alexandra Mendez- Zfass, a teacher at Highland Springs Elementary, as the winner of the First Year Teacher of the Year Award. The two were honored earlier this month at the 2013 Gilman Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony held at Glen Allen High School.

Snow believes “outstanding teaching does not emanate from exhaustive reading of pedagogical texts or a process-oriented checklist. Rather, it emerges from a true passion for the act of learning and teaching.”

Speaking of Mendez-Zfass, HSES Principal Shawnya Tolliver said, “The passion and enthusiasm Alex brings to the classroom are captivating for her students and the adults who have the pleasure of working with her or observing her in action.”

Gilman Teacher of the Year is an annual event that rewards teachers from across the county for their commitment to education. Teachers are nominated by their schools, and a panel of administrators and specialists judges their applications. The group judges applications based on a point system for evidence of professional development, school/community activities in and outside of the classroom, participation in professional organizations, and a professional beliefs essay. Finally, five teachers (one from each magisterial district) are nominated for the Gilman Teacher of the Year honor. All five nominees undergo an interview with the panel, and the winner is declared.

The First-Year Teacher of the Year process begins with administrator and faculty nominations followed by an application and essay by the nominee. A committee of six administrators and specialists reviews applications before selecting a winner.
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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will present the 18th annual Tree Lighting from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate, music performances and a special visit from Santa to light the 60-foot cedar Christmas tree. The Center's gift shop and the sixth annual Festival of Trees will be open to the public. The exhibit, featuring artisan-created Christmas trees each with their own theme, will be on display through Jan. 2, 2017. GrowRVA will offer a special holiday market from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring handcrafted and homegrown goods and food vendors. Admission is free. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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