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2022 R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership Announced

MARCH 29, 2022 — The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership seek to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Every year, four principals are selected for this achievement – one each from the Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and the City of Richmond school districts.  Each awardee receives a $10,000 cash grant and an additional $20,000 to support a project of their choosing to benefit their school.  The runners-up from each district receive a $10,000 award to support their proposed school project.

The following principals were selected as the 2022 winners:

Natalie Bare, W.W. Gordon Elementary School (Chesterfield)
With an R.E.B. Award, Mrs. Bare will build classroom transformation bins.  These bins will incorporate everything teachers need to ‘redesign’ their classrooms into such things as a store to support a lesson on money, or a bakery to support a lesson on math, all while meeting grade levels standards of learning, including hands-on elements to encourage student involvement.


Justin Roerink, The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology (Hanover)
With an R.E.B. Award, Mr. Roerink will install a greenhouse at The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology (THCTT) where teachers and students will be able to grow vegetables and herbs for use in the culinary program while forging partnerships with local farms and businesses to gain additional insight on how to manage the greenhouse.  The THCTT’s carpentry and electricity programs will also engage with the project by helping to build and maintain the structure.


Tonya Holmes, Harvie Elementary School (Henrico)
With an R.E.B. Award, Mrs. Holmes will develop a summer career exploration camp for rising fifth grade students that will use project-based learning and real-life experiences to help students discover possibilities for their future.  CAMP3401 (3 Careers, 4 Weeks, 0 Worksheets, 1 Goal) will help students understand the skills necessary for certain career fields and how these skills are connected to Reading and Math.


Nikea Hurt, Linwood Holton Elementary School (Richmond)
With an R.E.B. Award, Dr. Hurt will create The Lion’s Den where students and staff alike can engage in restorative practices, social emotional learning, and meditative responses side-by-side.  This space will provide a warm, nurturing, and calming environment where they can practice effective physical and mental health techniques.

The following candidates were selected as runners-up and will receive a $10,000 award to support their proposed school project:

Anthony McLaurin, G.W. Garver Middle School (Chesterfield)
To learn best practices for greenhouse technology and to purchase a Victorian Glass House and an Aquaponic System. Students will receive hands-on STEM and agriculture instruction while also growing and distributing food and plants for the school community.

Christopher Martinez, Patrick Henry High School (Hanover)
To implement a peer mentoring program in coordination with the National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP).

Michael Jackson, Hermitage High School (Henrico)
To create an outdoor learning environment that will offer fresh air and additional space for students to learn and work.

Melissa Rickey, Binford Middle School (Richmond)
To create a shared experience for a small cohort of teachers and students who will learn Brazilian culture and serve as ambassadors by leading activities such as global arts integration and mindfulness in the school.


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