Henrico County Public Schools educators receive grants, awards in recognition of classroom excellence

Henrico, Va., Nov. 3, 2021 – The Community Foundation has recognized 12 Henrico County educators for outstanding instruction for 2021. Three Henrico County Public Schools instructors won the REB Award for Teaching Excellence, and nine additional teachers were finalists. The winners received grants ranging from $11,400 to $15,000, which will enable them to continue their love of learning and pursue cutting-edge study in their fields. Across the Richmond area, a total of 17 winners and 18 finalists were selected from among the 91 teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues.

The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area, and are given to nominees who have distinguished themselves through their inspiring performance in the classroom.

“Congratulations to these 12 HCPS educators on this tremendous honor,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “Our teachers are second to none, and these honorees are stellar examples of the amazing work our educators do in the classroom each day.”

The winners were surprised Wednesday by Cashwell with announcements at their schools.

2021 Henrico Schools REB Award winners:

  • Megan Bouton, Echo Lake Elementary School (kindergarten teacher): $11,400 to study the early experiences of children in Finland and visit kindergartens and outdoor “forest schools” in Denmark, Sweden and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Robert Peck, Douglas S. Freeman High School (government teacher and director of HCPS’ Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics): $15,000 to explore concepts of citizenship, constitutionalism and American identity by traveling to the Caribbean, Micronesia and Native American tribal lands.
  • Derek Podolny, Douglas S. Freeman High School (math teacher): $14,300 to explore the mathematical and historical foundations of various navigational techniques and apply them in real world settings.

2021 Henrico County Public Schools REB Award finalists (all receive $1,000 grants):

  • JaNee Boston, Varina High School
  • Meagan Dalton, Deep Run High School
  • Amy Earle, Deep Run High School
  • Kenya Gray, Henrico High School
  • Tedra Hall, Quioccasin Middle School
  • Diana Hundley, Echo Lake Elementary School
  • Wiley Hunnicutt, Douglas S. Freeman High School
  • Nicholas Ingraham, Henrico High School
  • Anne-Marie Slinkman, J.R. Tucker High School

For more information about the awards, go to www.cfrichmond.org/reb.

Megan Bouton of Echo Lake Elementary School at a surprise announcement Wednesday. The Henrico County Public Schools teacher was recognized with a 2021 REB Award for Teaching Excellence.
Rob Peck of Douglas S. Freeman High School accepts a commemorative banner from Amy Cashwell, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, at a surprise announcement Wednesday. The teacher was recognized with a 2021 REB Award for Teaching Excellence.
Derek Podolny of Douglas S. Freeman High School accepts a commemorative banner from Amy Cashwell, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, at a surprise announcement Wednesday. The teacher was recognized with a 2021 REB Award for Teaching Excellence.