Nine Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers receive 2016 R.E.B Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized nine Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers at the 2016 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers will receive more than $56,800 cumulatively in professional development grants and were part of more than 30 outstanding public school teachers from across the region that were selected as finalists.

The Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers were selected from 143 nominations submitted by students, parents and colleagues, and in total, 17 R.E.B. award winners and 13 finalists will receive cash grants totaling $185,850. 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.

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 $3.4 million to 744 public school instructors as recognition for their outstanding classroom performance.

2016 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence Award Winners – Chesterfield County

Micheal Harvey
Chesterfield Career and Technical Center
$9,800
To learn about alternative and emerging energy sources through visits to various plants in the United States including the Hoover Dam, Copper Mountain Solar Facility and Kodiak Electrical Company’s wind turbines.

Terry Lautzenheiser
Chesterfield County Technical Center
$11,000
To study hybrid and heirloom breeding techniques and explore community-supported agriculture by touring community gardens, small farms and markets.

Robert Motrynczuk
Spring Run Elementary School
$11,000
To travel to Hawaii and New Zealand to study and experience the math and science of extreme sports by heli-boarding, kiteboarding, and bungee jumping.

Amy Petersen
Midlothian High School
$11,000
To journey to Southern France where she will participate in an immersion language course and tour ancient sites related to the Roman expansion in Gaul.

Eugene Streett
Cosby High School
$11,000
To visit Rome, Istanbul and Jerusalem – three cities at the intersection of history and religion. Additionally, four Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers were recognized as finalists and received a $750 unrestricted cash grant in recognition of their achievements in the classroom: 

Timothy Couillard
James River High School

Ellen Faris
Evergreen Elementary School

Lara Ivey
Bettie Weaver Elementary School

James Wright
Gordon Elementary School