Pictured (left-to-right): Lindsey Paulson, Dr. Michael Gill, Alicia Broughton, and Eliza Gemmill. (Not pictured: Amanda Swafford)

Educators Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence

Finalists recognized with cash grants totaling $20,500

ASHLAND, Va. – The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized four Hanover County Public Schools teachers at the 2017 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. Two teachers will receive cash grants totaling $19,000 for professional development, and two teachers will receive $750 unrestricted cash grants in recognition of their achievements in the classroom.

In total, 30 public school teachers from across the region were selected as finalists out of 112 nominations submitted by students, parents, and colleagues. Considered among the best in their field, these exceptional instructors demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches, and champions for their students.

“I applaud the exceptional efforts of our talented teachers who were nominated for this prestigious award.  Their commitment to our students and passion for teaching is admirable.  I am confident that the unique opportunities they will be afforded by these grants will result in even greater learning experiences for our students,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools.

The 2017 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence Award winners from Hanover County Public Schools are:

Alicia Broughton (Laurel Meadow Elementary School) – $10,500

To explore the ancient civilizations and architecture of Greece and Rome to make relevant elementary STEM connections; and to attend the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Eliza Gemmill (South Anna Elementary School) – $8,500

To participate in conferences, tours and interviews to learn how companies encourage innovation and how educators can connect business frameworks and philosophies to educational strategies.

Finalists receiving the $750 cash grant include Lindsey Paulson (South Anna Elementary School) and Amanda Swafford (Stonewall Jackson Middle School).

The awards program, which is a partnership between The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia 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. Since its inception in 1988, the program has awarded $3.5 million to over 800 public school instructors as recognition for their outstanding classroom performance.