• News Release: 3/11/2020 Wednesday Spotlight: Greenfield Elementary Principal Melissa Reams wins Chesterfield’s 2019 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Leadership

    Greenfield Elementary Principal Melissa Reams has been named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ recipient of the 2020 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.  
    The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership recognize central Virginia principals who go beyond day-to-day demands to create an exceptional educational environment for students and staff members. 
    “[Melissa] exemplifies next level leadership skills, personal relationships with school community, commitment to educational excellence and a contagious positive attitude that has created a family culture within our diverse school,” Greenfield Elementary physical education teacher J.P. Gates said in his nomination letter.
    Reams began working for Chesterfield County Public Schools four years ago as the principal of Greenfield Elementary. Prior to working at CCPS, she taught both first and fourth grades, served as a math instructional coach, and then spent four years as an associate principal in Henrico County. Under her leadership, Greenfield Elementary has implemented several new initiatives to nurture and challenge students, including the Bridge Program, Greenfield Gives, and the House System.
    Falling Creek Middle Principal Lia Ortiz was Chesterfield County Public Schools’ other finalist for the 2020 R.E.B. Award. Other principals nominated for consideration were

    • Kenya Batts, Davis Elementary 
    • Giuliana Brink, Gates Elementary 
    • Julie Buntich, Scott Elementary 
    • Brian Campos, Crenshaw Elementary 
    • Karen Dubiel, Winterpock Elementary 
    • Bruce Fillman, Hening Elementary 
    • Lashante Knight, Salem Church Middle 
    • John Murray, Matoaca High 
    • Lindsay Porzio, Crestwood Elementary 
    • Brian Russell, Chesterfield Career and Technical Center 
    • Allie Strollo, Clover Hill Elementary 
    • Deborah Weatherford, Watkins Elementary

    “We applaud all of the Chesterfield principals who were nominated for their dedication to our students and families,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “Melissa Reams is known for her hard work, transparent communication, and commitment to creating a safe, nurturing learning environment that has fostered a growth mindset at Greenfield Elementary for her students, staff and the surrounding community.” 
    The Community Foundation of Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation oversee the R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. One principal from each local school system, Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond, is honored annually. Each winner receives $7,500 for their own use and $7,500 to use for a school project. Nominations come from members of the school community and the general public.
    Reams plans to use the school project funding to work to diversify the school’s book collection.
    “We feel that our students have not had the opportunity to see themselves in the literature that they read,” she said. “We want them to be able, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity, to see themselves as doctors, lawyers, in the military, or teachers. So we’re really going to work to make sure that we spend most of this money on making sure we get those titles for them.”

  • “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.