Johnson enjoys counseling middle school students
Even when school is over for the day, Maia Johnson feels like she never leaves Carver Middle because she still sees her students in the neighborhood. Johnson makes sure to keep an eye on her students. “Them knowing ‘Miss Johnson really cares about me and my well-being’… is the... Read more
RoboHawks earn invitation to Detroit robotics competition
Four Richmond-area high school robotics teams will face top competitors from around the world at the FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm in Detroit from April 24-27. The teams won spots at the international tournament during the FIRST Chesapeake Championshp held April 10-13 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena. The best high school robotics... Read more
Former teachers walk through life together
“We knew each other before we knew our husbands,” Nancy Byrd said of her friend, Ann Robbins. “So it’s funny that Nancy married a Byrd and I married a Robbins,” Ann said, pointing out the avian connection to their married names. But their strikingly related surnames are not the... Read more
Kovack loves making music
Leah Kovack, the music teacher at Matoaca Elementary School, enjoys providing personal time to students because it tends to pay off in the end. When one student couldn’t play “Hot Cross Buns” on a recorder, Kovack had one-on-one time with her during recess and the girl, now in the... Read more
Former Army soldier now a teacher at Bellwood Elementary
Bellwood Elementary’s 2019 Teacher of the Year said he didn’t want to be a teacher when he was growing up. Robert Nichols said his dreams changed as he went along and that being a teacher is where he needed to be. Nichols grew up in Buffalo. Prior to teaching,... Read more
Key Club installs officers
The Kiwanis Club of Chester recently installed the new officers for the Thomas Dale High School Key Club for 2019-2020. Above from left, Gavin Carroway, treasurer, Caitlin Spencer, vice president, and Rana Ritchie, president. Also pictured is Key Clubber of the Year Harrison Coleman. The Key Club’s projects last... Read more
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 UR 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