The Chesterfield County Public Schools are looking for an additional $1.9 million after the recent conclusion of the state Assembly’s general session left a hole in its budget. The school board approved a new budget in late February, but it was contingent on whatever was ultimately approved in the... Read more
Tech Center students ‘Get Into Energy’
Chesterfield Career and Technical Center students, from left, Adam Riveland (Matoaca High School), Ryan Masi (Thomas Dale High School), and Gabriel Martinez Rocha (Thomas Dale High School) recently met with Dominion Energy mentors as part of the Get Into Energy Challenge. The challenge includes working with Dominion Energy mentors... Read more
Former UVA football player enjoys teaching special ed math
Albert Davis’ favorite thing about being a teacher is when the light bulb comes on for his students. Davis is a collaborative special education math teacher at Matoaca Middle School. “When you see the kids learn, and they make that connection – and especially kids struggle, because most... Read more
Hopkins Road Elementary principal receives leadership award
Hopkins Road Elementary School Principal Lisa Hill was recently named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ recipient of the 2019 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership – named in honor of Rudy and Esther Bunzl – recognize central Virginia principals who go beyond day-to-day... Read more
JTCC Day at the capitol
Five John Tyler Community College students visited area state legislators Jan. 29 and Feb. 11 during the general session. Above, from left, Matthew Holmes, Llana Sidbury, Luis Colon, college president Edward “Ted” Raspiller (back), Del. Lashrecse Aird, Jordan Nurney and Alicia Alvarez. Read more
Rise up! TDHS senior heading to Hollywood
“You’re a reminder of just how blessed we are.” With those words, Lionel Richie helped send Thomas Dale High senior Shayla Winn to Hollywood, Calif. Winn is headed to her fourth “American Idol” audition after winning her Golden Ticket during her most recent audition, which was held in Louisville,... Read more
UR professor speaks at Matoaca
Bertram Ashe talks with Matoaca High junior Zion Porer on Feb. 19 in the high school library. Ashe read from his memoir, ‘Twisted: My Dread Chronicles,’ which explores black male identity, black vernacular and black hair. Ashe is an English professor at the University of Richmond. He spoke at... Read more
Wilberger enjoys teaching K-5 reading
Despite her short time as a teacher, hard work has already resulted in Meghan Wilberger being named Teacher of the Year at Falling Creek Elementary School. Wilberger, who has only been teaching for five years, said she was surprised by the honor. Wilberger didn’t know what she wanted to... Read more
New principal at Enon
Enon Elementary reopened earlier this year with a new building and now has a new principal: Paula Huffman. She began working at the 530-student school Jan. 28 and notes that the school’s student body will be over 700 in the fall due to redistricting. It is the Georgia native’s... Read more
Former Matoaca High teacher gets six months for contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Longtime Matoaca High teacher Craig D. Nixon was sentenced last week to 24 months in jail with all but six months suspended for two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The sentence came down after a plea agreement resulted in two felonies being downgraded. Nixon,... Read more