• News Release: 11/14/2019 Six Chesterfield educators receive 2019 R.E.B Awards for Teaching Excellence

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    November 14, 2019
    The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized six Chesterfield County teachers with 2019 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence during a regional ceremony earlier this week. Five additional Chesterfield County teachers were recognized as award finalists.

    These 11 Chesterfield County teachers will receive almost $70,000 in professional development grants. Nearly 30 outstanding public school teachers from across the region were selected as honorees.

    “Community partners such as The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation help make professional development through immersive learning possible for our teachers,” School Board Chair Rob Thompson said. “We appreciate their continued support of our exceptional teachers and schools through these award recognitions that will broaden their teaching experiences and help create even more authentic learning experiences in their classrooms.”

    The awards program, a partnership between The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash grants to outstanding public school teachers from the city of Richmond, the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover, and the Department of Correctional Education. 

    “The support that parents, colleagues and community partners showed these teachers by nominating them for these grants is overwhelming,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “These grants not only reward our extraordinary teachers for their exceptional work, but they also help create remarkable learning environments within our classrooms.”

    These Chesterfield County teachers are 2019 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence Award winners:

    Adam Hawkins, Career and Technical Center @ Hull
    $12,000
    Mr. Hawkins will use his award to expand his knowledge and experience in the culinary arts. Through a work-based learning initiative, he plans to travel across the country in his mobile home to explore culinary skills from various regions in the United States.
      
    Rachel Pifer, Robious Middle School
    $11,700
    Ms. Pifer will use her award to expand her knowledge and experiences in yoga activities to improve the wellness of students with disabilities.  This wellness initiative will connect students with opportunities that involve them in their social, emotional, and healthy lifestyle learning.

    Kathryn Regan, Chalkley Elementary
    $11,500
    Ms. Regan will explore the culture, cuisine, history, and language in Mexico and southern Europe with a focus on learning Spanish. Being immersed in the Spanish culture will allow her to pick up the language, as well as, learn the dialect and cultural nuances that make Mexico and southern Europe so diverse.  
     
    Beth Sawyer, Evergreen Elementary
    $11,500
    Ms. Sawyer plans to visit China and Switzerland to learn more about successfully implementing Anji Play into her curriculum.  Traveling to China will provide opportunities to experience Anji Play firsthand in the country in which it originated. Traveling to Switzerland will allow her to see schools implementing Anji Play successfully. 
     
    Christopher Morris, Swift Creek Middle
    $10,000
    Mr. Morris plans to travel to Spain to make an authentic, handcrafted flamenco guitar. He will learn about the timber, dimensions and construction of this historical guitar. When he has completed his creation, he will then bring it back to use with his students. 
     
    Elizabeth O’Shea, L.C. Bird High
    $9,000
    Ms. O’Shea plans to explore the historical World War II landscape of London to learn more about how the country’s involvement shaped the outcome of the war.  She will be touring museums and war sites throughout the city to experience the rich history firsthand. 
     
    Additionally, five Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers were recognized as finalists and received a $750 unrestricted cash grant in recognition of their achievements in the classroom:
    • Alysse Cullinan, L.C. Bird High 
    • Kaitlyn Festa, Elizabeth Scott Elementary 
    • Christi Gibson, Manchester Middle 
    • Michelle Huber, Clover Hill High 
    • Badr Sharobim, Midlothian High
    Photo Information: 2019 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence Chesterfield County Public Schools finalists
    Front row from left to right: Kathryn Regan and Kaitlyn Festa
    Back row from left to right: First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam, Alysse Cullinan, Rachel Pifer, Badr Sharobim, Chris Morris, Michelle Huber, Beth Sawyer, Elizabeth O’Shea, Christi Gibson, Dr. Thomas Taylor
     
    Contact:
    Shawn Smith, Director of Government, Policy & Media Relations
    (804) 748-1405