Teachers, administrator win top HCPS honors

Henrico County Teacher of the Year Kecia Studevant Howell receives her award from Tuckahoe District School Board member Lisa Marshall, while Superintendent Pat Kinlaw looks on.

Kecia Studevant Howell, a French teacher at Hermitage High School, was named Henrico County Public Schools’ 2015 Gilman Teacher of the Year Wednesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. 

Chris Kresge, a fifth-grade teacher at Echo Lake Elementary School, was named the division’s 2015 First-Year Teacher of the Year.



“I’m honored to have been selected as this year’s Gilman award recipient,” said Howell. “This is due in large part to the many great educators who have served as role models and inspired me. I’m grateful to Henrico Schools for providing us all with the support we need to excel with our students – both in and outside of the classroom.”



Both recipients are products of Henrico County Public Schools. 

Howell is a 1992 graduate of Hermitage High School and is an alumna of the University of Virginia and Middlebury College. She began teaching in Henrico County Public Schools in 1996 and has been at Hermitage since 2005. Howell works in the Hermitage languages department with her former French teacher, Gail Wood, who was also a divisionwide Gilman winner, in 2011.

Kresge is a 1999 graduate of JR Tucker High School. After receiving an undergraduate degree from VCU, he studied music in Boston, traveled in Asia and made banjos in Floyd County before earning a master’s degree from the University of Richmond and becoming a teacher.



The school system also announced two winners of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award: Glen Allen High School history teacher Drew Baker; and Mac Beaton, the division’s director of career and technical education. The two were chosen from among 25 nominees for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013.



The school division employs more than 3,300 teachers.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1


Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

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