Event encourages students to read during the summer
Trying to help avert a “summer slide” was the driving force behind last week’s first-ever Summer Reading Palooza. The event, which was organized by three librarians at Carver Middle School, drew students from 13 local schools. Stephanie Stargardt, head librarian at Carver, said the event was organized to get... Read more
English teacher uses literature to help teach social skills
Brian McGill knew he wanted to become a teacher when he was a sophomore in high school. When he was going through difficult times he had influential teachers who were there for him, and he wanted to “pay it forward” by becoming a teacher. In addition, he felt he... Read more
Rudd completes training program
Shane Rudd of Chesterfield recently completed the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training Program. The 11-week program provides both classroom and hands-on training in safety, climbing techniques, electrical theory, aerial framing, rigging, Operation Utility Service Equipment and Commercial Driver’s License Training. SVCC offers the Power Line Worker... Read more
Theater background helps in classroom with fourth-graders
Before she decided to become a teacher, Hillary Mekanik was a theater major at VCU. After two years, she decided she’d rather use theater as a hobby or skill and said she sort of “fell into teaching.” Mekanik teaches fourth grade at C.C. Wells Elementary. She said her days... Read more
John Tyler workforce center to be named after Talley
At a May 18 groundbreaking ceremony at John Tyler Community College, college president Edward “Ted” Raspiller announced the college’s new workforce center will be named the William H. Talley III Center for Workforce Development. Petersburg resident Talley is a longtime advocate of the college. The project, which will renovate... Read more
The Chesterfield County School Board announced Thursday, May 24, that it intends to appoint former Middlesex County School Superintendent Donald “Rusty” Fairheart as Chesterfield County Public Schools’ interim superintendent during a special-called meeting on Tuesday, May 29. Fairheart will replace James Lane, who is leaving to become the state... Read more
Commanders honored for philanthropy at John Tyler
CHESTER – J. Richard “Dick” and Jeannine Commander recently received the 13th annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy, honoring their work with John Tyler Community College. Nominated for the award by the John Tyler Community College Foundation, the Commanders were recognized during a luncheon ceremony April 17. For... Read more
Down to a science: Brown enjoys teaching on his own terms
As a science teacher for the last 22 years, Walter Brown has had many students, one of whom was his oldest son, Reid. “That was weird. He would call me Dad or Mr. Brown, and now he’s a senior so it’s kind of cool seeing him graduate,”... Read more
New Beulah school results in redistricting
A new Beulah Elementary School set to open in the fall has resulted in redistricting of students who attend that school and others. Last week, the Chesterfield County Public Schools board unanimously approved a redistricting for next year. The plan will relocate 65 students from Beulah to Hopkins elementaries.... Read more
CHESTERFIELD – The teachers of the year from Chesterfield County Public Schools (in the Village News coverage area) are as follows: Elementary schools Bellwood Elementary — Robert Nichols Bensley Elementary — Valerie Chavis Beulah Elementary — Kara Rogers Marguerite Christian Elementary — Christine Henry Curtis Elementary — Jennifer Swartz... Read more