Chesterfield teachers win 8 of 15 R.E.B. awards

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Chesterfield County teachers won more than half of this year’s R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The annual awards program, which is a partnership between the Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash grants to outstanding public school teachers from Richmond, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Hanover County and the Department of Correctional Education.

This year, 127 central Virginia teachers were nominated by students, parents and colleagues and 31 of those nominees became finalists. From the finalists, 15 winners were chosen to receive grants of $8,000 to $12,000 that will provide learning opportunities during the adventure of a lifetime. Finalists not chosen for a professional development grant will receive $750 grants in recognition of their achievements in the classroom.

At a Nov. 10 awards ceremony, eight of the 15 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence went to educators within Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here are Chesterfield’s winners and descriptions of how they will use their grants:

Debbie Bailey, Carver Middle’s social services department chair: $11,000 to compare and contrast the geography, climate and infrastructure of Virginia, California, France and Italy and use this study as a model for a project-based lesson that explores the global interconnections of the world economy

Jennifer Booker, first-grade teacher at Swift Creek Elementary: $8,000 to travel to Finland to compare and contrast that country’s education system to that of the United States

Anne Canipe, Cosby High teacher of history and medical law and ethics: $12,000 to travel to Japan and China to visit international schools, attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the atomic bombing at Hiroshima and visit China’s Great Wall and Three Gorges Dam; this is her second R.E.B. Award

Laura Clark, Bettie Weaver Elementary third-grade teacher: $12,000 to expand knowledge and understanding of gifted students by completing a gifted endorsement and attending the National Association for Gifted Children conference and to participate in an eco-tour and school immersion program in Costa Rica

Gregory Dommisse, U.S. history teacher at James River High: $11,000 to travel to South Africa to better understand the parallels between American segregation and South African apartheid within the context of Sen. Robert Kennedy’s historic 1966 visit to South Africa

David Holicky, teacher of digital arts and 3-D animation at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse: $11,500 to journey through the western United States seeking inspiration, ideas and examples of meaningful graphic arts

Tara Krohn, second-grade teacher at Woolridge Elementary: $11,500 to travel through Alaska’s Inside Passage, villages and Denali National Park to create an A-to-Z photobook that features the geographical wonders, wildlife, adventure and culture of the last frontier

Mary Page-Dailey, English teacher at Cosby High: $12,000 to trace the birth of the Renaissance from its infancy in Italy to its coming of age in England and France through art, architecture and the performing arts

Nine of the 16 R.E.B. finalists who will receive $750 grants are from Chesterfield County Public Schools:

  • Lorena Cavan of Clover Hill Elementary
  • Jennifer Swartz of Curtis Elementary
  • Beth Sawyer of Evergreen Elementary
  • Lauren Lineweaver of Falling Creek Elementary
  • Lara Ivey of Robious Elementary
  • Jeannine Dearmon of Spring Run Elementary
  • Deborah Cook of Robious Middle
  • Jill Cammer of Thomas Dale High
  • Dorrie Bishop of James River High