Burlington gives $10K to teachers
As a food service associate at Gates Elementary School, Avis Baker sees daily the amazing learning experiences that “Team Chesterfield” teachers provide within the remarkable learning environments they create. Hoping to support teachers in her community, Baker recently entered her two children’s middle school into a national K-12 sweepstakes... 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
A groundbreaking for the new $24.57 million Ettrick Elementary School was was held Monday, Oct. 7. Oyster Point Construction Co. of Newport News was awarded the contract. The total budget for the project is $27.1 million, including an estimated additional cost of $1 million for an expanded gymnasium. The... 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
Salem Church educator is ‘Principal of the Year’
Monique Booth likes being a “princiPAL.” So much so, she recently wrote a paper about it for the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leadership Initiative. Her article, “Here is why you want to be ‘that’ parent and get to know the principal of your child’s school,” was posted on... Read more
School board candidates profiled for Nov. 5 election
DALE DISTRICT Debbie Graves Bailey (R) Age: 57 Occupation: retired teacher Status: married Children: Sarah, 29, Jake, 24 Why I am running: I have dedicated my entire professional life to the education of youth in Chesterfield County. Even though I retired from the classroom in June, my commitment to... Read more
Carver High gets historical marker
Joyce Brown, daughter of William A. Brown, the one and only principal at Carver High School, speaks at an unveiling of a historical marker outside Carver College and Career Academy on Friday, Sept. 20. Carver High school opened in 1948 for Chesterfield County’s black students and closed in 1970... 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