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Seven RPS Teachers Honored with the 2019 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence

Seven Richmond Public School teachers were recently honored with the prestigious R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. 

The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence is a regional award given annually by the Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation to recognize outstanding public school teachers from the City of Richmond, the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover, and the Department of Correctional Education.

Nominated by students, parents, and colleagues, the award shines a spotlight on outstanding educators who demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches, and champions for their students.

Since its inception in 1988, the program has awarded nearly $4 million to over 800 public school instructors as recognition for their excellent classroom performance.  This year, 19 winners and 9 finalists were will receive cash grants totaling $210,000. The RPS winners and finalists are:

  • John Barclay, Franklin Military Academy
  • Mandelia Fisher, Chimborazo Elementary School
  • Nicole Fleming, Miles Jerome Jones Elementary School
  • John Holland, John B. Cary Elementary School
  • Natasha Thomas, Southampton Elementary School
  • Denise Yancey, William Fox Elementary School
  • Valerie Schwarz, Mary Munford Elementary School

The winners use their award money to embark on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and extraordinary professional development opportunities. Past award projects from RPS teachers include: exploring the natural wonders of Iceland and Patagonia, learning anti-stress techniques in the Dominican Republican and mindfulness skills in Hawaii, and traveling through America’s west wilderness to experience and embody the nature of wonder and discovery at the heart of scientific inquiry.

The 2019 award projects include:

John Barclay
John Barclay, Franklin Military Academy
To chase global solar phenomena including the Aurora Borealis in Iceland and solar eclipses in Africa, southern Asia and the southern Pacific Ocean.

M. Fisher
Mandelia Fisher, Chimborazo Elementary School
To attend the National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools in Atlanta and explore the architecture, culture and cuisines of New York, Egypt and Singapore.

N. Fleming
Nicole Fleming, Miles Jerome Jones Elementary School
To make text-to-self connections through children's literature by traveling to New York, Alabama and California.

J. Holland
John Holland, John B. Cary Elementary School
To understand the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, as an example of STEAM in action, by visiting Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

N. Thomas
Natasha Thomas, Southampton Elementary School
To embark on the African-American experience through the lens of Black artistry in Los Angeles, and to make heritage connections in South Africa.

D. Yancey
Denise Yancey, William Fox Elementary School
To experience Spanish immersion in Panama and to observe the ecosystems and biodiversity of Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico.

For more information on the R.E.B awards, visit https://www.cfrichmond.org/.