Foundation honors Henrico teachers with 2016 REB Awards


reb2016hcpsThe Community Foundation has recognized eight Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2016. Five HCPS teachers were awarded grants in the annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence. Three others were named finalists.

The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. This year’s honorees received professional development grants of $8,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by inspiring classroom performance.

2016 REB Award grant recipients:

  • Mindy Dobrinski, Holman Middle School: $11,000 to travel to diverse climates, cuisines and cultures of the four corners of the U.S. to learn lessons that can only be learned by participating in real life.
  • Kyla Zabala, Highland Springs High School: $10,000 to tour historical theatres to compare current and historical trends by focusing on Shakespeare, Cervantes, Tennyson and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Alfonso J. Favale, Springfield Park Elementary School: $8,000 to inspire students through technology by creating videos that compare and contrast the cultures, landscapes and ecologies of Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Lisa Grossman, Maude Trevvett Elementary School: $8,000 to explore all of Virginia – from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore, Northern Virginia to the Valley and the small towns of Southwest Virginia.
  • Sara Vogt, Glen Allen High School: $10,000 to participate in the teacher program at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and to travel to Asia to study strictness vs. flexibility.

Finalists (all receive $750):

  • Jaclyn Claytor, Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Todd Ritter, Henrico High School
  • Timothy Towslee, Glen Allen High School

More information is available at about the REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as the REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership.