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The Community Foundation and R.E.B. Foundation announce recipients of 2021 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence

NOVEMBER 8, 2021 — The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation are pleased to recognize 35 outstanding public-school teachers selected as finalists for the 2021 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. Considered among the best in their field, these instructors demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches and champions for their students. Selected from 91 nominees submitted by students, parents and colleagues, 17 winners and 18 finalists will receive cash grants totaling $249,300. 

The R.E.B. Awards provide opportunities for area public school teachers to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime.

Connected by a desire to make their lessons relevant, all 2021 awardees will have the chance to collect real-life experiences, stories and artifacts to renew their passion for teaching and enhance their ability to bring subject matter to life for their students.

2021 Winners

Amanda Berneche                  Clover Hill High School (CH)                          $13,200
To study photography in remote locations while chasing the Northern lights in Iceland.

Megan Bouton                        Echo Lake Elementary School (HE)               $11,400
To study the early childhood experience in Finland and visit kindergartens and forest schools in Denmark, Sweden, and the Pacific Northwest.

Christal Corey                         Franklin Military Academy (RI)                        $13,700
To immerse in the rich culture and history of the African Diaspora to help further develop cultural competence and cultural sharing in the classroom.

Lucretia Davis                         Oak Knoll Middle School (HA)                        $12,900
To explore the cultural influence of classical music by visiting iconic cities in Northern Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Jonathan Frame                     Atlee High School (HA)                                     $14,200
To travel the United States and Europe to create an immersive podcast experience.

Brianna Gatch                         Clover Hill High School (CH)                          $13,900
To study Japanese pedagogical techniques and observe their influences on concert bands in Hawaii.

Helene Grossman                   O.B. Gates Elementary School (CH)               $14,800
To study how Scotland educates their Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Stuart Harnsberger                 Thomas Jefferson High School (RI)              $14,800
To participate in an artist residency in the Cycladic Islands of Greece.

Paul Lathrop                           Chesterfield Technical Center at Hull (CH)    $13,800
To explore the history and current marvels of engineering and manufacturing across the United States.

Amanda Lemco                       Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (RI)      $15,000
To pursue an endorsement in teaching Italian through immersive experiences in Italy.

Kristina Mitchell                     Binford Middle School (RI)                                 $11,600
To explore history and current social issues in Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina through the arts.

Robert Peck                            Douglas S. Freeman High School (HE)             $15,000
To explore concepts of citizenship, constitutionalism, and American identity through travel to the Caribbean, Micronesia, and Native American tribal lands.

Derek Podolny                        Douglas S. Freeman High School (HE)             $14,300
To explore the mathematical and historical foundations of various navigational techniques and apply them in real world settings.

Helmut Thielsch Jr.                Lloyd C. Bird High School (CH)                         $15,000
To explore the design and construction of significant transportation canals and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and economic impact of these engineering accomplishments.

Dorrie Turner                          James River High School (CH)                              $14,200
To visit Greece and Italy to research Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” discovering how it came to represent a complex moment of change between old and new worlds.

John Wilkes                            Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (RI)            $11,300
To travel the length of the nation's central thread--the Mississippi River.

Nicole Yeaney                         Atlee High School (HA)                                           $12,200
To travel to Taiwan, Brazil, and Colombia to study the culture and deepen empathy for the culture shock that multilingual learners face.

About the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence

The awards program, which is a partnership between the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash grants to outstanding public school teachers from the City of Richmond, the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover, and the Department of Correctional Education. Since its inception in 1988, the program has awarded approximately $4.4 million to over 985 public school instructors as recognition for their outstanding classroom performance.