The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation recently recognized six Chesterfield County teachers with R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence.  One of them, L.C. Bird High School teacher Elizabeth O’Shea, received a $9,000 development grant.  O’Shea plans to explore the historical World War II landscape of... Read more
Festa enjoys teaching the first grade
Kaitlyn Festa gets hugs almost every day from current and former students at Elizabeth Scott Elementary, which she called the “best feeling.”  Festa gets to see her students even after they move up to higher grades and said they return to give her hugs.  “My kids know that it’s... Read more
By a 4-1 vote with Carrie Coyner dissenting, the Chesterfield school board on Nov. 12 requested authorization from the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to spend $4.5 million in county reserve funds and $3.8 million for increased student growth. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the request at its Nov.... Read more
Robenson enjoys teaching kindergarten
Marguerite Christian Elementary’s Teacher of the Year had dreams of being a social worker and started her career at Richmond Memorial Hospital. Sarah Robenson did short-term rehabilitation and was responsible for assisting patients with care once they returned home, or she placed them in a nursing home if they... Read more
Burnett enjoys keeping her students guessing
“The louder, the better” is Kimberly Burnett’s teaching philosophy. She is a self-proclaimed “hands-on, out-of-the-box teacher” who likes to transform her classroom in order to keep her students guessing. “It’s almost like we’re in competition with their life outside of school and their video games and their constant movement,... Read more
Burlington gives $10K to teachers
As a food service associate at Gates Elementary School, Avis Baker sees daily the amazing learning experiences that “Team Chesterfield” teachers provide within the remarkable learning environments they create. Hoping to support teachers in her community, Baker recently entered her two children’s middle school into a national K-12 sweepstakes... Read more
McDougald enjoys teaching kindergarten
Kelly McDougald is completely content being a kindergarten teacher for the rest of her career. McDougald calls teaching kindergarten her passion. She began as a special education teacher in kindergarten and first grade, but switched because she wanted to be on the “general education” side in a collaborative setting.... Read more
Gravely enjoys being a librarian at Carver C&CA
When Deanna Gravely was a little girl, she wanted to be a teacher and had many influential cousins who were teachers. She would pretend to write on a chalkboard of her fictional classroom and line up her stuffed animals and dolls in a row as if they were sitting... Read more
A groundbreaking for the new $24.57 million Ettrick Elementary School was was held Monday, Oct. 7. Oyster Point Construction Co. of Newport News was awarded the contract. The total budget for the project is $27.1 million, including an estimated additional cost of $1 million for an expanded gymnasium. The... Read more
Counselor enjoys mentoring TDHS students
When Eleanor Kotowski applied to college, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to open her own business or become a therapist. She had an interest in education and even toyed with the idea of being an English teacher, but eventually settled on getting a bachelor’s degree in finance from... Read more