RPS teachers can get free CPR certification

RICHMOND — Teachers in Richmond Public Schools will now be able to receive CPR certification for free.

Mayor Levar Stoney last week announced a new partnership between the Richmond Fire Department and the city school system, allowing teachers to sign up for free training classes. The monthly courses, which are scheduled to start in June, will be held at the RFD headquarters.

The Virginia Department of Education requires those applying for a teaching license or renewing their license to be CPR-certified. That can cost as much as $150 per class.

The Mayor’s Teacher Advisory Council, a group of city schoolteachers who meet with Stoney, initially proposed the idea.

“It’s just another example of how we all get smarter when we listen to our teachers,” Superintendent Jason Kamras said in a statement.

Lee-Davis counselor named best in Virginia

MECHANICSVILLE — A Hanover County school counselor has been named the best in the state.

Karen Cole, the director of school counseling at Lee-Davis High School, was chosen as the 2019 Secondary School Counselor of the Year by the Virginia School Counseling Association. The award is given to one elementary school counselor and one secondary school counselor each year.

Cole is in her fifth year at Lee-Davis. She will be recognized during an awards ceremony in October.

Chickahominy teacher wins Hanover accolade

ASHLAND — An English teacher at Chickahominy Middle School has been chosen as the best new teacher in Hanover County.

Catherine Ciucci started working in the county school system in August, returning to her home school district after studying at Longwood University.

Now, she’s the district’s winner of the Beginning Teacher of the Year award, which is given out annually by the district.

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— From staff reports

Education Reporter

Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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