Rios enjoys showing love to her students
Diana Rios tells her students at Ettrick Elementary School, “I love you, have a good day” every school day. She is a firm believer that every day is a new day and her students know when they walk in, they are starting with a clean slate. Rios said the... Read more
Layman enjoys making math fun at Carver Middle
Victoria Layman is a third generation teacher who says she has the genetics for teaching. Layman, a sixth-grade math teacher at Carver Middle School for eight years, said she went into education because she is a “natural-born helper with the ability to build relationships with kids.” Layman started her... Read more
Matoaca’s Mahan gets top honor
A Matoaca High School sports medicine and health and physical education teacher was recently named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ High School Teacher of the Year. Kelly Mahan, 39, was chosen from among 14 teachers who won the top teacher awards at their Chesterfield high schools. School district officials presented... Read more
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ teachers of the year from the Village News’ coverage area are listed below. Elementary schools •Bellwood Elementary: Amanda McCullough •Bensley Elementary: Kelly McDougald •Beulah Elementary: Lauren Pilgrim •Marguerite Christian Elementary: Sarah Robenson •Curtis Elementary: Kimberly Burnett •Ecoff Elementary: Lauren Watts •Enon Elementary: Debra Lewis •Ettrick... Read more
Education assn. calls Mayday after two teachers assaulted
A teacher from Thomas Dale High School was assaulted while in the classroom on Wednesday, April 22, and the injuries sent the teacher to the hospital, police said. As a result, the Chesterfield Educational Association sounded a Mayday. “It was reported that a 15-year-old male student threw his backpack... Read more
Longtime music teacher reflects on career
On June 14, Curtis Elementary will be saying goodbye to its music teacher. Randy McConnell has taught at the elementary school for 25 years. All told, McConnell has been teaching for 39 years, including time in Tennessee, North Carolina and Lunenberg County, Va. He said he is retiring because... Read more
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
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