Educators Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence

Educators Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence
Posted on 11/15/2019
Award winners standing together

The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized three Hanover County Public Schools teachers at the 2019 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The teachers will receive cash grants totaling $35,800 for professional development.

Twenty-eight public school teachers from across the region were selected as finalists out of 129 nominations submitted by students, parents, and colleagues. Considered among the best in their field, these exceptional educators demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches, and champions for their students. 

Among the 2019 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence Award recipients from Hanover County Public Schools is Heather Leise, history teacher at Atlee High School, awarded $11,900 to compare and contrast benevolent dictators of the past and present by traveling to Singapore and the former states of Yugoslavia.

“I am grateful to work with so many talented and passionate educators who dedicate themselves to ensuring our students succeed. Our teachers are at the heart of our mission, and I applaud the remarkable efforts of those who were nominated for this prestigious award. I am confident that the unique opportunities they will be afforded by these grants will result in even greater learning experiences for our students,” said Dr. Michael Gill, superintendent of schools.

The awards program, which is a partnership between The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash grants to outstanding public school teachers from the City of Richmond, the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover, and the Department of Correctional Education. Since its inception in 1988, the program has awarded nearly $4 million to more than 800 public school instructors as recognition for their outstanding classroom performance.

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Pictured left to right: First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, Awardee Amy Gregory (Chickahominy Middle School), Awardee Caroline Bare (Hanover High School), Awardee Heather Leise (Atlee High School), and Mandy Baker (Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources).

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