HCPS educators receive grants, awards in recognition of classroom excellence

Jackie Dondero, a history and social sciences teacher at Deep Run High School, stands in their classroom with Ingrid Grant, HCPS’ chief of school leadership, and Marcie Shea, School Board chair and Tuckahoe District representative. Dondero was surprised Wednesday with the news that they are a 2022 winner of the REB Award for Teaching Excellence.

Henrico, Va., Nov. 2, 2022 – The Community Foundation has recognized four Henrico County educators for outstanding instruction for 2022. Two Henrico County Public Schools instructors won the REB Award for Teaching Excellence, and two additional teachers were finalists. The winners received grants that will enable them to continue their love of learning and pursue cutting-edge study in their fields. Across the Richmond area, a total of 16 winners and nine finalists were selected from among the 75 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.

The winners were surprised Wednesday with announcements at their schools.

2022 Henrico Schools REB Award winners:

  • Kathryn Pike, Douglas S. Freeman High School (math teacher): $14,000 to hike, cycle and photograph part of the network of “trig pillars” in varying terrains of Britain. Pike’s goal is to recreate the mathematical surveying process used to conduct the retriangulation of Great Britain, a project carried out between 1935 and 1962 that sought to improve the accuracy of maps.
  • Jackie Dondero, Deep Run High School (history and social sciences teacher): $8,500 to retrace their family’s escape from Nazi Germany by traveling to sites in Europe. Dondero will explore the place of historical storytelling in the classroom.

2022 Henrico County Public Schools REB Award finalists (all receive $1,000 grants):

  • Dawn Bullen, Glen Allen High School
  • Crystal Aveson, Echo Lake Elementary School

The selection process includes a nomination, an interview and submission of a project proposal. Proposals include an approximation of the amount needed to fund the candidate’s proposed project.

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

 

Kathryn Pike, a math teacher at Douglas S. Freeman High School, stands in the school’s hallway with Ingrid Grant, HCPS’ chief of school leadership, and Marcie Shea, School Board chair and Tuckahoe District representative. Pike was surprised Wednesday with the news that she is a 2022 winner of the REB Award for Teaching Excellence.