Chesterfield County teachers won seven of this year’s R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The annual awards program, which is a partnership between the Community...

Chesterfield County teachers won seven of this year’s R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The annual awards program, which is a partnership between the Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash

The photo accompanying this news release shows teachers from Chesterfield County Public Schools who were winners or finalists for R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence: Stephanie Cochrane, Mark Dillon, Sarah Jurewicz, Robert Benway, Pamela Hall, Kristen Reynolds, Kimberly Gianopoulos, Nancy Riddlemoser, Lauren Lineweaver, Amanda Crisafi, Ellen Faris, and James Wright. Not pictured is Jessica White.

The photo accompanying this news release shows teachers from Chesterfield County Public Schools who were winners or finalists for R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence: Stephanie Cochrane, Mark Dillon, Sarah Jurewicz, Robert Benway, Pamela Hall, Kristen Reynolds, Kimberly Gianopoulos, Nancy Riddlemoser, Lauren Lineweaver, Amanda Crisafi, Ellen Faris, and James Wright. Not pictured is Jessica White.

grants to outstanding public school teachers in central Virginia.

This year, 102 teachers were nominated by students, parents, and colleagues, and 34 of those nominees became finalists. From the finalists, 16 winners were chosen to receive grants of $8,100 to $12,000 that will provide learning opportunities during the adventure of a lifetime. The 18 finalists not chosen for a professional development grant will receive $750 grants in recognition of their achievements in the classroom.

At a Nov. 9 awards ceremony, seven of the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence went to educators within Chesterfield County Public

Schools. Here are Chesterfield’s winners from the Village News readership area.

Robert Benway, specialty center coordinator for the Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies at Bird High: $9,000 to visit the top maker spaces in the San Francisco Bay area, attend the Maker Faire in Singapore, and visit Cambodia to determine how students can build prosthetics to help survivors of land mine explosions.

Lauren Lineweaver, Falling Creek Elementary’s reading specialist: $8,100 to travel within the United States to photograph cultural and historical landmarks that celebrate the country’s rich history.

Six of the 18 R.E.B. finalists who will receive $750 grants are from Chesterfield County Public Schools:

  • Amanda Crisafi of Evergreen Elementary
    Ellen Faris of Evergreen Elementary
    Kimberly Gianopoulos of Bird High
    Nancy Riddlemoser of Manchester Middle
    Jessica White of Bird High
    James Wright of Gordon Elementary