They’re headed off to study winemaking, seafood processing and the spread of jazz music from New Orleans to New York.
Others will dig in and pull out details on the life of Frederick Douglass, compare and contrast the apartheid of South Africa with the institutional racism of 1960s-era America, and travel Europe in search of the origin of fairy tales.
They’re this year’s class of R.E.B. Award winners, 15 of the area’s best public school teachers. Their reward for being so good is getting to do some really cool stuff. The group, announced during a special dinner Monday at the Virginia Historical Society, will travel the world in search of lessons they can share with their students.
“It’s tremendously gratifying to see our teachers recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw. “Our students and faculty see their dedication in the classroom every day, and we cannot think of three more deserving educators.”
In Chesterfield, which had eight of the 15 winners, spokesman Shawn Smith said the winners are part of a countywide teaching force always on the lookout for new ways to teach.
“We are very proud and impressed by the creative and innovative projects put forward by the R.E.B. nominees,” he said.
“Our teachers are tireless in their efforts and go above and beyond to serve students. These awards are yet another strong indicator of the important work that is done in Chesterfield classrooms each and every day.”
The 26-year-old program, a partnership between the R.E.B. Foundation and The Community Foundation, has now awarded more than $3 million to 679 educators.
The program was created in 1988 to reward excellence in the classroom with cash grants that allow teachers and principals to explore facets of educations they may otherwise have missed.
This year’s winners are:
Debbie Bailey, G.W. Carver Middle School (Chesterfield), $11,000, is traveling to Virginia, California, France and Italy to study the geography, climate and infrastructure of the wine industry. When she gets back, she’ll use the information to create a project-based lesson about global connections in the world economy.
Andrew Daniel Baker, Glen Allen High School (Henrico), $12,000, will travel from the Strait of Gibraltar through the Mediterranean to the Bosphorus. He’ll stop in Seville, Spain; Sicily; Crete; Istanbul; and Greece to study regional religion, history and culture.
Jennifer Mabe Booker, Swift Creek Elementary School (Chesterfield), $8,000, will go to Finland to compare and contrast its education system to that of the United States.
Anne S. Canipe, Cosby High School (Chesterfield), $12,000, is going to Japan and China to international schools and will attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. In China, she plans to visit the Great Wall and Three Gorges Dam.
Laura A. Clark, Bettie Weaver Elementary School (Chesterfield), $12,000, will complete her endorsement in gifted education and attend the conference of the National Association for Gifted Children. She’ll also take an eco-tour and school immersion program in Costa Rica.
Gregory Jon Dommisse, James River High School (Chesterfield), $11,000, is going to South Africa to study the parallels between American segregation and South African apartheid. He’ll focus on Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s trip to South Africa in 1966.
Rebecca Field, Douglas S. Freeman High School (Henrico), $10,000, is traveling to Spain and France to see sacred architecture and works of art in their native settings and environments.
Winslow Robert Goodier, Hermitage Technical Center (Henrico) $11,000, will study seafood production on the East Coast, the Gulf Coast and Alaska. He’ll see harvesting methods and aquaculture and study the interaction among fisherman, scientists and chefs who work in sustainable seafood programs.
David Anthony Holicky, Chesterfield Technical Center (Chesterfield), $11,500, will travel the western United States in search of inspiration, ideas and examples of meaningful graphic arts.
Stephanie Latrice Hooks, Ginter Park Elementary School (Richmond), $11,500, will trace the life and work of Frederick Douglass by going to Maryland, New York and Europe. She hopes to increase her understanding of how narrative texts were used to capture stories of slavery and freedom.
Tara Riley Krohn, Woolridge Elementary School (Chesterfield), $11,500, will travel through Alaska’s Inside Passage, villages and Denali National Park and shoot an A-to-Z collection of photos that will capture geographical wonders, wildlife, adventure and culture of the Last Frontier.
Gregory L. McCallum, Richmond Community High School (Richmond), $8,000, will study the development of jazz in and around New Orleans, and how it migrated to, and changed in, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and New York.
Mary M. Page-Dailey, Cosby High School (Chesterfield), $12,000, will trace the Renaissance from its birth in Italy to England and France through art, architecture and the performing arts.
Laura Elizabeth Ramsay, John Marshall High School (Richmond), $12,000, will explore connections between literature and art in Paris, Venice and Rome. She hopes to rejuvenate her passion for art through a series of workshops and retreats.
Keri Kristine Treadway, William Fox Elementary School (Richmond), $12,000, will go to Germany and Denmark to explore the history and origins of fairy tales. She will also attend the national Conference for Kindergarten Teachers in Las Vegas.