HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Selene Marsh loves her job at Tucker High School in Henrico County. She teaches students with special needs, and every day, she has one main goal when she steps into her classroom.
"To bring literacy to not just the children with deaf and blindness , but to every child," said Marsh.
Her passion to do just that helped her to win a $5000 grant from the R.E.B. Foundation. With that money, she plans to better herself. She will head to the Helen Keller Institute in Alabama.
"They have a deaf blind literacy program that I'm going to just be engulfed in, and work with. It's not just going to be sitting in a classroom. It's going to be working with their students, so it's going to be a lot of hands-on," said Marsh.
After that, she will head to the University of North Carolina to take lessons in sign language and Braille.
She says this is all for her students.
"Every child deserves to be literate," said Marsh.
Her colleague, English teacher Robert Meister, is packing his bags and heading across the pond, all the way to the United Kingdom.
"It starts off with a five-day literature conference in Oxford, and then its 25 days to just tour around England," said Meister.
Meister can hardly wait to take what he calls the trip of a lifetime. He loves British literature. So, he plans to walk in the footsteps of some literary heavyweights.
Meister won $10,000 from the R.E.B. Foundation, and he says that money will be used to become a mini-expert for his students.
"To be able to go to England and travel to all of the cool historic literary sites that I'm going to and to be able to come back and say you know look this is what William Wordsworth was trying to do," said Meister.
Both Meister and Marsh will take off after school ends this summer.
Sixteen area teachers were recipients of the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence.