• News Release: 1/14/2020 Chesterfield has 100 National Board Certified Teachers

    Achieving a National Board Certification is an accomplishment that is recognized as being a gold standard in teacher certification. By maintaining higher standards for what teachers should know and be able to do, the National Board believes the end result is more rigorous learning for students.
    A total of 100 National Board Certified Teachers are now working in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Congratulations to our newest National Board Certified teacher, Anna Gahagan, an honors and AP art history teacher at James River High School, who was pinned at the Annual National Board pinning ceremony last week at the VCU Singleton Center. She achieved National Board Certification in Art/ Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood.
    These teachers also were recognized as having renewed their National Board Certification:

    • Timothy Couillard, science teacher at James River High 
    • Janine D’Elia, science teacher at Thomas Dale High 
    • Debra Graves, history teacher at Elizabeth Davis Middle 
    • Jennifer Jensen, special education teacher at Tomahawk Creek Middle 
    • Andrea Stotts, ESL teacher at Chalkley Elementary 
    National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, and it is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. It is considered one of the highest credentials in education. Certification lasts 10 years, then may be renewed for an additional 10 years. More information is available at www.nbpts.org.

    Pictured from left to right: 
    Dr. Mer Daugherty, Ann Coker, Janine D’Elia, Anna Gahagan, Debra Graves, Debbie Bailey, Andrea Stotts, Kathryn Haines


  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses


    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.