Hopkins principal named R.E.B. Distinguished Educational Leader

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Hopkins Elementary Principal Dr. Lisa Hill has been named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ recipient of the 2019 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.

“Dr. Hill is a true champion of her students, constantly advocating for what’s in the best interest of the children who come to Hopkins Elementary,” said Dale District School Board member John Erbach, whose district includes Hopkins Elementary. “She brings new ideas into her school community to enrich the lives of these students, and we are all so proud that her efforts and those of her teachers and staff that have led to this R.E.B. award.”

Hill is in her eighth year as principal at Hopkins Elementary. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal at the school for five years. She has been with Chesterfield County Public Schools since 1993.

Hopkins Elementary is a fully accredited school with academic achievement levels that typically run 10-plus points above the state’s minimum requirements. The school also has an active Watch D.O.G.S. program, is Purple Star designated for its support of military families and hosts a monthly food distribution event with the Chesterfield Food Bank.

Nominations received on Hill’s behalf described a school climate where the common goal is excellence and noted that every day begins with a schoolwide pledge that includes the understanding that “my actions today will impact my learning tomorrow.”

Wrote one nominator: “Dr. Hill has the ability to bring out the best in any situation. Dr. Hill also has the amazing ability to adapt to everyone she comes into contact within our school and community. She knows her students and their families, and is able to support them in many different ways. Dr. Hill leads by example to her staff by having compassion towards every person, determination and confidence to reach goals, and displays all of this in a positive manner.”

Wrote another nominator: “Whether she is supporting programs that help military families, or providing opportunities for students to participate in special clubs or activities, Dr. Hill’s service to others fosters a community of caring and acceptance.”

Midlothian High Principal Shawn Abel was Chesterfield County Public Schools’ other finalist for the 2019 R.E.B. Award. Seven other Chesterfield County Public Schools principals were nominated for recognition:

  • Monique Booth, Salem Church Elementary
  • Nina Brink, O.B. Gates Elementary
  • Lashante Knight, Salem Church Middle
  • Lindsay Mottley, Bettie Weaver Elementary (now Old Hundred ES)
  • Aurelia Ortiz, Falling Creek Middle
  • Allie Strollo, Clover Hill Elementary
  • Deborah Weatherford, Watkins Elementary

“The nominations we received are reflective of the high-caliber leadership we have in our schools,” School Board Chair Rob Thompson said. “Lisa Hill has been an outstanding leader at Hopkins Elementary, as highlighted by the content of the nomination letters we received. Congratulations to Dr. Hill and all of our nominated school principals!”

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.

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