‘Mama B’ is the new principal at L.C. Bird
When Adrienne Blanton wrote a paper in seventh grade on wanting to be a sixth-grade math teacher, she had no idea her educational journey would lead to her being a high school principal. Blanton, who replaces Laura Hebert, is only the sixth principal at the school since 1978. Blanton... Read more
Finance major returns, enjoys teaching middle-school math
Rachel Watson was a finance major in her third year of college when the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred, and it made her stop and think about her life. She had always wanted to be a teacher, but changed her mind after she had been talked out... Read more
Chester teacher going to South Korea for geography conference
Chester resident Anne Canipe is headed to South Korea this month. Canipe, a teacher at Cosby High School, was invited to participate in a week-long geography education conference and field study in the northeast Asian country. The group with which Canipe is traveling is made up of 14 teachers... 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
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
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
‘Plain old teacher’ incorporates technology in first-grade classroom
A good day for Nancy Thweatt is when the students in her first-grade class learn something new after having struggled with a lesson. Thweatt said when the proverbial light bulb goes off, she’s done something her students will be able to carry on to subsequent grades. Thweatt has been... Read more
Matoaca Middle School teacher brings Latin alive
  Lori Brown has been the eighth-grade Latin teacher at Matoaca Middle School for three years and her journey to get there was not conventional. She danced when she was younger, but her injuries forced her to go to physical therapy school. A patient-caused injury then led her to... Read more
The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized five Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers with 2017 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence during a regional ceremony Monday night. Seven other Chesterfield County teachers were recognized as finalists for the award. Together, these 12 Chesterfield County teachers will receive approximately $38,650... Read more