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
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
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
The happy scientist: Coppler enjoys teaching at Elizabeth Davis Middle School
Laura Coppler has been a science teacher for 13 years and said she has always been a science nerd. Her father was always out in the garden during her childhood, and she said her fourth-grade teacher was the first teacher to ignite her interest in science. Coppler teaches science... Read more
Daniels loves teaching math
Carver Middle School’s Teacher of the Year loves numbers, which is fitting, as she teaches seventh-grade math. LaToya Daniels originally majored in accounting, but she decided to follow her heart to work with kids. Daniels has been teaching for 16 years and has been at Carver for four. Her... Read more
‘Coffey time’ is music time
Earlier this year, Lisa Coffey was named C.C. Wells Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, but she is no stranger to the award, as this is her third time being honored. She has won twice at Wells and once at Matoaca Elementary. Coffey grew up in Chesterfield County and... Read more
Canipe named a Geography Teacher Fellow
The American Geographical Society recently named Chester resident Anne Canipe as a 2019 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Canipe, who teaches Advanced Placement Human Geography at Cosby High School, is one of 50 teachers selected to participate in this fourth year of the initiative. The program is a year-long professional... Read more
Ecoff educator named tech teacher of the year
When Heather Russell was asked to be the STEAM lead at her school, she didn’t know what STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) was. After doing her research, the Ecoff Elementary School teacher realized she’d been doing hands-on learning so she accepted the role. Once the position of STEAM... Read more