Henrico’s Top Teachers – Carrie Gouldman

Carrie Gouldman grew up in a family of teachers but was determined to follow a different career path herself.

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Although she graduated from Old Dominion University with a human service counseling degree and went to work in the real estate field, it wasn’t long before she realized something didn’t feel right.

“I missed being around kids,” she recalled.

The pull was too much to overcome, and she decided to go back to school to earn a master’s degree in teaching. Following a year in Petersburg and four in Caroline teaching kindergarten, she began teaching the same grade level at Trevvett Elementary this school year.

“She is extremely gifted in getting the best out of the children, in focusing them on their work with firmness and positivity,” one nominator wrote of Gouldman. “My granddaughter has blossomed under her teaching and loves to go to school because of her! We need teachers like her in our schools.”

Gouldman views her role as a critical one in the future of each child’s education.

“Every single student has to have a kindergarten teacher that they love in order to love school,” she said. “I hope that I'm making that impact on my students. If they don’t have a good experience in kindergarten, then they may not like coming to school [in subsequent years].”

To help connect with each of her students individually, Gouldman asks them each to fill a little brown bag with things that they like best and bring it to the second day of class. The students share their favorite items, and Gouldman takes mental notes about them – then incorporates them whenever possible throughout the year in different lessons, as a way to keep students individually engaged and excited.

“Our daughter has developed a love for learning and reading in her time in Ms. Gouldman's class,” another nominator wrote. “She is much more confident in her ability to figure things out and pushes herself to try harder things. Ms. Gouldman has helped lay a great foundation for her future schooling.”

To Gouldman, the key to reaching each child is understanding how each one learns and adapting lessons accordingly.

“The best part is that at the beginning of the school year they come in not knowing anything, and you can see at the end of the school year what they have accomplished,” she said.

Having her own son two years ago has changed the way Gouldman acts in the classroom, she said.

“I give more hugs.”
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