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Sandston kindergarten teacher named Teacher of the Year

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A kindergarten teacher at Sandston Elementary School has been named Henrico's Teacher of the Year.

Audra Yerian received the 2014 Gilman Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. Judges cited Yerian's "positive, honest and compassionate" demeanor and the environment of her classroom. "[Yerian] wants students to be comfortable with their own learning and comfortable with making mistakes … [she] has a grasp on what 21st century learning looks like at the kindergarten level … Her students work in collaborative groups on authentic problems and are able to do this with little teacher interaction." Yerian has been with HCPS for eight years but this is her first year at Sandston.

Charles Cuccherini, a science teacher at J.R. Tucker High School, was named the division's 2014 First-Year Teacher of the Year. Cuccherini is a former research scientist who teaches biology in Tucker's International Baccalaureate curriculum.

The school system also announced three winners of the inaugural Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. The new award is named in honor of Corallo, a former assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013. The award was presented to Greg Metcalf, an instructional technology resource teacher at Deep Run High School; Joe Koontz, the principal of Donahoe Elementary School; and Nyah Hamlett, the division's director of exceptional education. The three were chosen from among almost 50 nominees for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus.

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