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Henrico Schools crown their 2016 Teachers of the Year

Chamberlayne Elementary School teacher Beth Waggoner is hugged by Micky Ogburn, Henrico School Board chair, after receiving the 2016 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. (Source: Henrico Schools) Chamberlayne Elementary School teacher Beth Waggoner is hugged by Micky Ogburn, Henrico School Board chair, after receiving the 2016 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. (Source: Henrico Schools)
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

With National Teacher Appreciation Week serving as a backdrop, Henrico Schools honored several of its instructors during an event at Glen Allen High School Wednesday evening.

Fourth-grade teacher Beth Waggoner of Chamberlayne Elementary School was awarded the Gilman Teacher of the Year award and was all smiles as she received one of the school system's top honors.

“This award embodies the work of everybody on my team,” said Waggoner. “I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for my administrators, my family, my students and their parents, my colleagues and my close friends.” 

Waggoner has spent her entire 18-year teaching career molding minds in Henrico classrooms, having worked at Ratcliffe Elementary School before joining Chamberlayne's faculty in 2005.

Also during Wednesday's ceremony, Sallie Foster, a math teacher at Glen Allen High School, was named the school division’s 2016 First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division currently has more than 200 instructors in their first year of teaching.

For Foster, she said the award is an affirmation of her approach and the support she receives.

“I’m going to just keep going in, doing my job and teaching my heart out," she remarked.

A graduate of VCU, Foster is also a product of Henrico Schools, having attended Pinchbeck Elementary School, Byrd Middle School, and Mills Godwin High School, where she played basketball and severed as a varsity assistant for the Jaguar's girl's squad this year.

The school system also announced three winners of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award: Mills Godwin French teacher Mindy Guyer; Mike Dussault, the principal of Twin Hickory Elementary School; and Debbie Roethke, the division’s leader of instructional technology.

The three were chosen from among 26 individuals nominated by their peers for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus.

The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former HCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013.

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