Educators Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence

Educators Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence
Posted on 11/16/2018
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The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized six Hanover County Public Schools teachers at the 2018 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. Two teachers will receive cash grants totaling $22,200 for professional development, and four teachers will receive $750 unrestricted cash grants in recognition of their achievements in the classroom. The finalists were recognized with cash grants totaling $25,200.

Thirty-four public school teachers from across the region were selected as finalists out of 136 nominations submitted by students, parents, and colleagues. Considered among the best in their field, these exceptional educators demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches, and champions for their students. 

The 2018 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence Award recipients from Hanover County Public Schools are:

  • Melinda Johnson (Washington-Henry Elementary School) - $11,000
    • To attend the National Kindergarten Conference and to explore innovative play-based education practices with travel to Nevada, Colorado, Paradise Island, Ireland, and Scotland.
  • Tamara Letter (Mechanicsville Elementary School) - $11,200
    • To connect with educators and organizations across the United States and Canada in an effort to cultivate kindness for global impact and to inspire others through digital “sketchnoting” and storytelling.

Award recipientsFinalists receiving the $750 cash grant include Justin Harvey (Battlefield Park Elementary School), Kimberly Jameson-Dean (Kersey Creek Elementary School), Amanda Peters (Patrick Henry High School), and Amanda White (Pearson’s Corner Elementary School).

“Teachers are at the heart of our mission, and I applaud the remarkable efforts of the nominees of this prestigious award. Their passion for and commitment to educating students represents the very best of Hanover County Public Schools. The unique experiences made possible these grants will enable them to provide even greater learning opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools.

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 over $3.5 million to more than 800 public school instructors as recognition for their outstanding classroom performance.


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