Henrico’s Top Teachers – Jehan Gabrual

Though she grew up in Henrico County, Jehan Gabrual's parents were natives of Egypt who struggled with the English language when they arrived in this country. As a child, she witnessed the way her teachers at Crestview Elementary School – particularly Cindy Harris and Peggy Hart – supported her family and helped ensure that she excelled in class.

In return, Gabrual found herself anxious to help those teachers in any way.

"As a child, I always wanted to grade papers," she said, laughing at the recollection.

The inspiration to teach only grew stronger, and Gabrual graduated from the University of Richmond with a teaching degree, anxious to put it to use helping students the same way she had been helped.

Now in her eleventh year at Dumbarton Elementary School, she feels she is living her purpose.

The school has a number of immigrant families – including some from Egypt whose children speak Arabic, as she does. She can call upon her childhood experiences when working to build connections – and trust – with those families and students.

"When I have parents who are struggling with a language, I try my best to build a strong relationship, try different ways to communicate with them," Gabrual said. "Some may be afraid to come into the school building, like my parents were. I try to go above and beyond in contacting them."

Her efforts haven't gone unnoticed among her peers.

Gabrual is "a teacher that embraces not just the child but the entire family,” one colleague wrote. "She reaches out to families and helps to provide resources that the parents can use to help develop their children so that they are better prepared for school. She is a role model to her students and parents. She is a part of their village.”

In her classroom, Gabrual keeps a board on which students may, at any time, make notations when someone has done something kind or very kind – or when they've shown kindness themselves.

"If they are able to participate in kind ways in school, then maybe it will carry on outside the classroom," she said.

As part of the "Dumbarton Pays It Forward" program, which Gabrual chaired for several years, her students have written and delivered letters on a nearly monthly basis to veterans, nursing home patients and others "just so that they know we're out here supporting them," she said.

"I want children to love learning – that's my whole motto. If they enjoy learning and think learning is fun, then you'll be able to see the successes."

And even now – well-established in her own right as an elementary school teacher, she thinks back to her own days as a student.

"I always told [Harris] that I wanted to be like her when I grow up," she said of her Crestview teacher, who still teaches at that school. "I still tell her that I want to be just like her."
Bail Bonds Chesterfield VA

Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown. > Read more.

VSP issues warning about automated traffic ticket email scam

Virginia State Police officials are warning Virginians about an email scam that tells people they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the agency. State Police do not use or issue digital or automated traffic tickets or summonses, however. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email, police said. > Read more.

READ Center offers free classes, training to low-literate people


One in six adults in Metro Richmond has literacy issues, and the READ Center in Henrico County is working to address the issue.

Next week – Sept. 24-30 – is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, a time during which the READ Center is shining a light on its efforts to help some of the 35,000 adults in the region for whom reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target. > Read more.

Play Day RVA planned for Sept. 21


The Richmond region will celebrate Play Day RVA Thursday, Sept. 21, with activities throughout the area to celebrate the opportunities that exist to play in the community. Dozens of employers, local governments, schools and community organizations will participate by hosting events that integrate playful activities into daily life and spread awareness of the value of active living. > Read more.

Henrico Business Bulletin Board

September 2017
S M T W T F S
·
·
·
·
·

Calendar page

tel:18772241804
tel:18772210315

Classifieds

Place an Ad | More Classifieds

Calendar

The Richmond Chapter of USA Dance, a national ballroom dance organization, will provide a free ballroom dance exhibition at 1:30 p.m. at Regency Square Mall. The exhibition will be comprised of professional and social ballroom dancers performing ballroom dances from the waltz to the samba. The audience will have an opportunity to participate. Full text

Your weather just got better.

Henricopedia

Henrico's Top Teachers

The Plate