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Picture of sports field with student names and results from Staunton River High School that are going to state competition at Liberty University.
Congrats to these Staunton River High School student-athletes on advancing to the state track meet next week at Liberty University!

Picture of Liberty High School Performing Arts' Kacie Daniel who is in slideshow for the 2021 National Honor Society for Dance Arts senior (NHSDA).
Picture of Liberty High School Performing Arts' Taylor Porterfield who is in slideshow for the 2021 National Honor Society for Dance Arts senior (NHSDA).
Check out the 2021 National Honor Society for Dance Arts senior (NHSDA) slideshow to see
Liberty High School Performing Arts'
Kacie Daniel and Taylor Porterfield. Congratulations! Click here for slideshow.
Picture of recent graduate of Staunton River High School, Cameron Morris and Sheriff Mike Miller. Cameron was chosen as the recipient of a $1,000 Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarship
Congratulations to a recent graduate of Staunton River High School, Cameron Morris, for being chosen as the recipient of a $1,000 Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarship presented by Sheriff Mike Miller.

Picture with all three high school logos that says Congratulations to all of our Class of 2021 Graduates!  You did it! Work hard, believe in yourself, and follow your dreams!
Congratulations to all of our Class of 2021 GRADUATES!!!
You did it! Work hard, believe in yourself, and follow your dreams!  

Picture of a pretend song playing titled You Will Be Found by the Bedford Virtual Chorus.
As we wrap up a most unusual school year, a message of unity brought to you by students and staff from all over Bedford County.
Click the here to see the Bedford Virtual Chorus video.

Picture that says Please join us as we celebrate the 2020-2021 BCPS Retirees. Thank you! You will all be missed.
THANK YOU TO OUR RETIREES!!! We would like to honor all of our 2020-2021 Bedford County Public Schools’ retirees. We want to thank them for their time, energy, and dedication throughout the years.  

Click here to check out the recognition video.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Collision Repair II students who obtained their Non-Structural & Refinish Pro Level 1 credentials.

Congratulations to all of the Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Collision Repair II students on obtaining their Non-Structural & Refinish Pro Level 1 credentials.

Picture of Sharon Banks, Boonsboro Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Boonsboro Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Sharon Banks.
Sharon has been a paraprofessional at Boonsboro Elementary School for 21 years. This year she took on a new role as a Kindergarten teacher with a homeroom class. She enjoys getting to know all the personalities of the kindergarteners she works with. She strives to keep the students engaged, radiates pride for their accomplishments, and loves to see them learn. She demonstrates kindness and compassion for all of her students and has a great rapport with everyone. Sharon is a team player who is loved and respected by all of the staff, which she considers family.

Picture of Mike Craig, Otter River Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Otter River Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Mike Craig.
Mike is a custodian at Otter River Elementary School. He is hardworking, kind, and caring. He has a positive attitude and is always willing to do anything to help others. He is dedicated to keeping the school clean and safe. Mike says it is a pleasure to work with and be a part of a staff that truly cares about the students and the school.

Graphic with names, grade levels, placing, and name of written pieces for three Jefferson Forest High School students who won awards in the Young Writers writing competition.

Three Jefferson Forest High School students win awards in the Young Writers writing competition! The Virginia State Literacy Association (VSLA) Piedmont Area Chapter held the regional judging of students’ written pieces.
Makenzy Stanley -
8th Grade Fiction - 3rd Place - Almost Home Beall Roberts - 10th Grade Fiction - 1st Place - The Ribbon John Nauful - 12th Grade Fiction - 2nd Place - Whatever Lies Beyond

Picture of  Amanda Walthall, Staunton River High School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Staunton River High School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Amanda Walthall.
Amanda is a paraprofessional that has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 14 years, 12 of which have been at Staunton River Middle School. This year she transitioned to Staunton River High School to support 7th and 8th grade students. Her colleagues say that she is awesome and a wonderful support to the entire school community.  She has a student-first attitude and is always willing to do whatever is needed. She loves supporting students and staff and building relationships with them.

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Congratulations are in order for these Liberty High School seniors!
Wrestling – Bryan Carter – Emory and Henry
Football – Deven Blackston – Emory and Henry
Baseball – Blake French – Mary Baldwin University
Baseball – Avery Salyer – Patrick Henry Community College
Softball – Makila Ansel – Concord University
Click here for more information on LHS Signing Day 

Picture of Susan Haslet, Liberty High School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Liberty High School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Susan Haslet.
Susan is the library aide at Liberty High School. She keeps the library running smoothly and makes everyone who enters feel welcome and important with her positive and delightful attitude.  She strives to do the very best she can whenever she assists anyone, whether it is a student or a staff member. She has been an indispensable help in making the library a fun place to be with her calming presence throughout a challenging year.

Picture of Marsha Morris, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Marsha Morris.
Marsha is in her 16th year at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (TJES) where she is currently an instructional paraprofessional. She has worked with every grade level, but during the majority of her time at TJES, she has worked in grades 3 through 5. This year, she has taken on new responsibilities as a classroom facilitator and member of a cluster serving three 2nd grade classrooms. Marsha shares that the main reason she loves working with children is that she wants to instill the importance of learning by demonstrating that it is an adventure and a lifelong process.  She is highly valued by her colleagues and is a very important member of the TJES family.

Picture of Ashley Golden, Goodview Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Goodview Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Ashley Golden.
Ashley has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 3 ½ years, 2 ½ of which have been at Goodview Elementary School. She is currently an instructional paraprofessional. She is an outstanding coworker who is always willing to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes. She makes the best of every situation and uses even the most difficult experiences as an opportunity for growth. Her daily hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated by staff and students. Ashley is flexible, knowledgeable, patient, compassionate, and treats everyone with such respect.  She creates a nurturing environment that influences and encourages positivism throughout the classroom and within the students. Anyone can see that she cares for and loves working with children.

Picture with award winner names names and project names from the The Central Virginia Regional Science Fair that was held virtually

The Central Virginia Regional Science Fair was held virtually and some of our 5th-8th grade students won awards! Two of the projects were sent to the Broadcom Masters International Science Fair. Awesome job representing Bedford County Public Schools. We are proud of you! 
Rube Goldberg Challenge - Taylor Woodruff - Bedford Connects Remote Learning - 5th Grade - 2nd Place - "Open the Garage Door"
Rube Goldberg Challenge - James "Gray" Kane - Bedford Connects Remote Learning - 5th Grade - 1st Place - "Good Night Gray"
Car Challenge - Peyton Noell - Staunton River Middle School - 5th Grade
Excellence Award - David Wilkinson - Liberty High School - 7th Grade - Energy: How Does Heat Affect the Movement of Tin Foil - Also sent to the Broadcom Masters International Science Fair
Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Prize - Ashley Hewitt - Bedford Connects Remote Learning - 8th Grade - Plant Sciences - How Does Water Temperature Affect Plant Growth - Also sent to the Broadcom Masters International Science Fair
Virginia Dental Society - Ellie Jeon - Bedford Connects Remote Learning - 6th Grade
Naval Science Award - Sebastian Sowards - Bedford Connects Remote Learning - 6th Grade

Picture of cast and crew of Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard from Jefferson Forest High School’s Cavalier Theatre who took the first place trophy at the VHSL Class 4 State Championships.

VHSL Class 4 State Champions!
Jefferson Forest High School’s Cavalier Theatre does it again! Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard took the first place trophy at the VHSL Class 4 State Championships. Thomas Smith and Prentiss Carter received Outstanding Actor recognition.

Picture of Marlene Wertz, Montvale Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Montvale Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Marlene Wertz.
Marlene has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 11 years, 6 of which have been at Montvale Elementary. She has 25 years of experience in education. She assists visitors, families, students, and staff with positivity and dedication. She is friendly, caring, and hardworking. Her colleagues say that they are so blessed and lucky to have her.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Automotive Service Technology program students holding their certificates for passing certification exams.

OUTSTANDING!

Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Automotive Service Technology program gives student technicians the ability to take and pass 9 ASE Entry-Level certification exams. Exams cover brakes, steering and suspension, electrical, engine performance and 5 more. 4 students passed all 9! Total passes are 71 credentials.

Picture of Kristina Evans, Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Kristina Evans.
Kristina has worked for Bedford County Public Schools in different capacities over the last 8 years. She is currently the secretary at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center. She greets all visitors, parents, students, and staff with a smile.  Kristina is a joy to be around, strives to build others up, and is always willing to help and make things run more efficiently in the office. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's gym with tables set up for their Spring Signing Day for 21 senior student-athletes.
Jefferson Forest High School’s Spring Signing Day for 21 senior student-athletes. Congratulations to all!
Click here for article about JFHS Signing Day

Picture of Diem Trinh, Jefferson Forest High School senior, whose graphite pencil drawing titled Face Behind the Mask won 1st place at the 5th District Congressional Art Show.
Diem Trinh, Jefferson Forest High School senior, won 1st place at the 5th District Congressional Art Show for his graphite pencil drawing, Face Behind the Mask. The ceremony was hosted by Congressman Bob Good and Liberty University's School of Communications and the Arts. Awards were given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, along with other special recognition certificates. As the 1st place winner, Diem's drawing will represent Virginia's 5th District in the annual National Congressional Art Show that will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The show will likely run from August 2021 to August 2022. Due to current COVID restrictions, no exact dates have been set yet. Diem and his family will also be invited to attend the National Congressional Art Show opening and ceremony sometime in late summer. All travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for by the Congressional Institute.
Congratulations Diem for your outstanding accomplishment!
Picture of Kim Powell, Forest Middle School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Forest Middle School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Kim Powell.
Kim is currently in her 3rd year at Forest Middle School (FMS). She is the Counseling and Student Services Secretary. Under her umbrella of work duties, she also provides support to the clinic and front desk and is a friendly face to the daily car riders. Kim has an enthusiastic personality and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She helps make FMS a great place for students.
Picture of Debbie Kirby, Moneta Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Moneta Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Debbie Kirby.
Debbie has been an instructional paraprofessional at Moneta Elementary School (MNES) for 22 years. She is described by her colleagues as patient, generous, and intelligent. She is known to go above and beyond for staff and students and is always working behind the scenes to make MNES a fun place to work and learn. She supports classrooms, the office, and the library, and often comes in early and stays late to ensure everyone has what they need. Debbie loves getting to know the students, helping them learn, and watching them grow.

Picture of Melissa Overstreet, Big Island Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Big Island Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Melissa Overstreet.
Melissa has been the secretary at Big Island Elementary School for 7 years and is the go-to person for any and everything. This is her second time receiving this award. She was previously recognized in the 2017-2018 school year. She is highly valued by her colleagues for all that she does for them and the students. She is known for her positive attitude, willingness to spearhead school initiatives, and strong connections to the members of the school community both inside and outside of the school building. Melissa loves being a part of the BIES team because of the tight-knit community and family environment.

Picture of Jackson Reams, BCPS Nutrition Department’s Education Support Staff of the Year BCPS Nutrition Department’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Jackson Reams.
Jackson has been a School Nutrition Worker with Bedford County Public Schools for 2 ½ years. His base school is Jefferson Forest High School, but he has spent very few days working there this school year. This year more than ever before staff members have had to be flexible due to the changing needs across our division. There was no hesitation when Jackson was asked to split his time working at Boonsboro Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  He is adaptable, accommodating, and easy-going with whatever changes come his way. He has a very positive and kind attitude, gets along well with others, and is willing to do whatever to meet the needs of the students.

Picture of a concrete pad and bench for the trailhead at New London Tech Trails Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Junior Building & Construction class installed
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Junior Building & Construction class installed a concrete pad and bench for the trailhead at New London Tech Trails. Awesome job! Keep up the excellent work.
Picture of Sherry Duff, New London Academy’s Education Support Staff of the Year

New London Academy’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Sherry Duff.
Sherry has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 9 years. She is currently in her 5th year at New London Academy as an instructional paraprofessional. She has always been willing to help and be flexible in the work that she is asked to do, but even more so this year in her ever changing teaching roles. She is a great colleague and has genuine concern and care for the students that she works with. Sherry is a joy to be around and brings a feeling of calm and warmth to any work environment.

Picture of Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visiting Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's cosmetology class in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited the Cosmetology class at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center today in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. As teachers continue working hard to provide in-person learning options to students, they wanted to show their support and gratitude.
Picture of Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visiting Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center to learn about its historical significance from the Gibson Legacy Alumni.

The visit was also a wonderful time to celebrate the historical significance of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center. A huge thank you to the Gibson Legacy Alumni for all their work and dedication. Check out the new signage on the building modeled after the original school’s design.

Picture of Margaret McGarrahan, Staunton River Middle School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Staunton River Middle School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Margaret McGarrahan.
Margaret is in her 19th year with Bedford County Public Schools, 7 of which have been at Staunton River Middle School. She is currently the bookkeeper/secretary and is considered the shining light of the main office. She works with all employees, students, families, and community members. Even in the most stressful of moments, her warm demeanor and helpful attitude make anyone entering the office feel welcome and cared for. She always makes time to help others no matter how busy she is. Margaret lifts the mood of anyone she interacts with.

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Congratulations Golden Eagles! Quadruple Letter of Intent Signing.
Click here for article on SRHS Signing Day

Picture of Cindy Mayhew, Bedford Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Bedford Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Cindy Mayhew.
Cindy has worked as a secretary for Bedford Elementary School for 5 years. She is the hub of the office and meets the staff, students, and parents with a smile. She fulfills her duties in a professional manner while being courteous to everyone. Cindy is kind, loving, and encouraging to the students and always tries to motivate them towards a bright future.

Picture of Ronnie Crouch, BCPS Maintenance Department’s Education Support Staff of the Year
BCPS Maintenance Department’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Ronnie Crouch.
Ronnie has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years. He is a skilled carpenter, exceptional employee, and a valued co-worker. He is a team player and gives his work 100% at all times. He is dedicated to making sure that all projects meet safety requirements for our staff and students. Ronnie will go the extra mile to help anyone.  

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Cavalier Theatre's cast/crew of Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard

Congrats to the Jefferson Forest High School Cavalier Theatre's cast/crew of Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard on winning the Region 4D Championship! Outstanding Actor honors: Addison Chiodo, Brett Womack, & Thomas Smith. Honorable Mention: Prentiss Carter.
(Photos by David Detwiler)

Graphic saying congratulations to the Bedford County PTA Council Scholarship winners
Congratulations to the Bedford County PTA Council Scholarship winners! Liberty High School: Nicholas Brown, Ella Schmehl, Katherine Thompson Staunton River High School: Jacob Perdue

Picture of Cathy Jacobs, Jefferson Forest High School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Jefferson Forest High School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Cathy Jacobs.
Cathy is the registrar at Jefferson Forest High School. She is often the first impression for many families, and she greets everyone with a friendly and professional demeanor. She is very thorough with her work and goes the extra mile to be helpful to all staff. She is very humble but extremely knowledgeable in her role. Dedicated, conscientious, selfless, and cheerful are just a few of the words used by coworkers to describe her.
Picture of Brenda Nelms, Huddleston Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Huddleston Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Brenda Nelms.
Brenda has been a custodian for Bedford County Public Schools for 33 years. She is currently the head custodian at Huddleston Elementary School. She works hard to make sure the building and property are as clean and orderly as possible. She takes pride in her job and it is evident in the quality of her work. Brenda has a good rapport with all, can always be counted on, and has the most incredible sense of humor.

Picture of Ashley Carter, Bedford Primary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Bedford Primary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Ashley Carter.
Ashley has been a special education paraprofessional at Bedford Primary School for 4 years. She is dedicated to ensuring the safety and progress of all students. She is always willing to support the students and staff in any way she can. Ashley loves seeing the students meet goals and show growth throughout the school year.

Picture of Jackie Jones, Forest Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Forest Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Jackie Jones.

Jackie has been a special education paraprofessional and preschool teacher for 32 years. She has worked at Forest Elementary School for 16 of those years. She is highly valued by staff for her hard work and dedication. She encourages and inspires students, and finds unique ways for them to use their strengths. Over the years, she has collected many strategies in her toolbox, but she firmly believes that being a consistent and loving part of a student’s life is the only tool you need for them to be successful.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School Boys Cross Country Team
Jefferson Forest High School boys are 2021 VHSL Class 4A State Cross Country Champions.
Picture of Jefferson Forest High School Girls Cross Country Team Jefferson Forest High School girls finished 4th in VHSL Class 4A State Championship.
Congratulations and GREAT JOB everyone! Click here for news article.

Picture saying congratulations to all our Bedford County Public Schools’ Education Support Staff of the Year!
Congratulations to all our Bedford County Public Schools’ Education Support Staff of the Year!
Click here for our recognition video.
Bedford Elementary School - Cindy Mayhew Bedford Primary School - Ashley Carter Big Island Elementary School - Melissa Overstreet Boonsboro Elementary School - Sharon Banks Forest Elementary School - Jackie Jones Forest Middle School - Kim Powell Goodview Elementary School - Ashley Golden Huddleston Elementary School - Brenda Nelms Jefferson Forest High School - Cathy Jacobs Liberty High School - Susan Haslet Liberty Middle School - Janice Payne Maintenance Department - Ronnie Crouch Moneta Elementary School - Debbie Kirby Montvale Elementary School - Marlene Wertz New London Academy - Sherry Duff Nutrition Department - Jackson Reams Otter River Elementary School - Mike Craig School Board Office - Debra Blake Staunton River High School - Amanda Walthall Staunton River Middle School - Margaret McGarrahan Stewartsville Elementary School - Lisa Thomas Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center - Kristina Evans Thomas Jefferson Elementary School - Marsha Morris

Picture of Lisa Thomas, Stewartsville Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year
Stewartsville Elementary School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Lisa Thomas.
Lisa has been working at Stewartsville Elementary School (SES) as a custodian for 21 years. She is passionate about her job, greets everyone with a smile, and goes above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. She is always willing to help without hesitation. Lisa is an integral part of SES.

Picture of Janice Payne, Liberty Middle School’s Education Support Staff of the Year

Liberty Middle School’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Janice Payne.
Janice is a special education paraprofessional at Liberty Middle School. Her coworkers describe her as hardworking and a great team player. She is always willing to take on any task that presents itself. She cares about and is dedicated to the students.

Picture of Debra Blake, BCPS School Board Office’s Education Support Staff of the Year

BCPS School Board Office’s Education Support Staff of the Year is Debra Blake.
Debra has assisted the division in several areas over her 23 years of service including working with payroll, special education, and currently overseeing purchasing. Her ability to embrace change and learn new systems has allowed her to excel in all of her duties. With a recent change in accounting systems, Debra has become the go-to person when anyone needs help. She is an extremely valuable asset to our school division and works diligently to do anything she can to support the students. She always has a big smile and a friendly attitude.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BCPS THEATRE DEPARTMENTS! Picture of some Jefferson Forest High School Theatre students performing
Jefferson Forest High School
The cast and crew of Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard were named Champions of the VHSL Section 4D-2 Theatre Festival! Addison Chiodo, Thomas Smith, & Brett Womack received Outstanding Actor honors.
Picture of two Liberty High School Theatre students performing 
Liberty High School
The One-Act cast and crew finished third overall in the VHSL Seminole District 3C competition where they performed 'And Others...' This group received a rating of excellent in their performance. Two members of the cast received Best Actor recognition: Best Actor Award - Matthew Scott and Best Actor Honorable Mention - Virginia Larsen.
Picture of a Staunton River High School Theatre student performing
Staunton River High School
Advanced Theatre placed first in the Region 3D Zone 2 One-Act Play competition and had three out of the four outstanding actor awards. The students receiving those were: Michael Meyers, Alice Milton, and Magdalyn Mitchell. Sydney Thomas received an Honorable Mention. The play, “Taming of the Zoom,” was custom written for the students by Mrs. Ellis, the SRHS librarian.
Bedford County Public Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year is Liberty High School's Matt Uselton
Bedford County Public Schools proudly presents our 2021 Teacher of the Year, Liberty High School's Matt Uselton.
CONGRATULATIONS MATT!!! Click here for surprise announcement video.
BCPS Teacher of the Year Representatives and Finalists

Congratulations to all our Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Representatives and Finalists!
Click here for our recognition video.

Bedford Connects Remote Learning - Kelly Morck Bedford Elementary School - Megan Clark Bedford Primary School - Brenda Willis Big Island Elementary School - Pam Riggles Boonsboro Elementary School - Meghann Cope Forest Elementary School - Kristy Snow Forest Middle School - Lauren Millner Goodview Elementary School - Barb Pennington Huddleston Elementary School - Rhonda Tyree Jefferson Forest High School - Brian Miller Liberty High School - Matt Uselton Liberty Middle School - Rickylyn Cundiff Moneta Elementary School - Deena Mustard Montvale Elementary School - Sarah Hankinson New London Academy - Amanda Cocke Otter River Elementary School - Christie Massey Staunton River High School - Sherri Given Staunton River Middle School - Katie Appleby Stewartsville Elementary School - Leanne Rice Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center - Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) - Matthew Payne Thomas Jefferson Elementary School - Kimberly Richardson

Presenting our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year

Presenting our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year!
Sherri Given – Staunton River High School
Brian Miller – Jefferson Forest High School
Matt Uselton – Liberty High School

Picture of Meghann Cope, Boonsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year

Boonsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Meghann Cope.
Meghann is in her 14th year of teaching at Boonsboro Elementary School with Bedford County Public Schools. This year has brought about many new job responsibilities for her, but she keeps it all balanced while keeping a smile on her face. She transitioned back to teaching 4th grade in addition to all of her responsibilities as Library Media Specialist and Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT). She is awesome in the eyes of her colleagues who feel that she is an exceptionally strong teacher that can handle anything thrown her way.

Picture of Kimberly Richardson, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Kimberly Richardson. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Teacher of the Year
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Kimberly Richardson.
Kimberly has been teaching for 27 years, 16 of which have been at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. She currently teaches 1st grade. She is a team player that loves to stay involved with her school family. As a colleague, she is always willing to support and lend a hand to anyone that needs it. Kimberly is cherished by all including colleagues, students, and their families. There are so many reasons why, but when you speak to the parents of children she has taught, you hear phrases like “has touched our child’s life”, “awesome teacher”, “phenomenal educator”, and “they are blessed to be her students”.
Picture of Rhonda Tyree, Huddleston Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year
Huddleston Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Rhonda Tyree.
Rhonda has been teaching at Huddleston Elementary School for 4 years. She currently teaches 3rd grade. After 19 years serving children and families through human services organizations and the legal system, she was able to fulfill her dream of becoming an educator. She says her biggest accomplishment has been the relationships formed with students and the greatest reward is being able to see their smiling faces. Rhonda cares deeply about her students and wants them to learn and achieve to the best of their ability. She has them to set personal goals for themselves and meets with them often to ensure they progress. Rhonda brings so much joy to her colleagues and her laughter is contagious.
Picture of four students from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teachers for Tomorrow & Early Childhood Education programs won top state honors in the Educators Rising State Competition.
Four students from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teachers for Tomorrow & Early Childhood Education programs won top state honors in the Educators Rising State Competition!
Abby Delong: Early Childhood Education 2nd place in STEM Lesson Plan & Delivery
Shyenne Haynes: Early Childhood Education State Champion (1st place) in STEM Lesson Plan & Delivery
Harlee Martin: Teachers for Tomorrow State Champion (1st place) in CTE Lesson Plan & Delivery 2nd place in Exploring Support Services Careers
Harley Stanley: Teachers for Tomorrow State Champion (1st place) in Educators Rising Moment
These students will move on to compete nationally in the Educators Rising National Virtual Conference in June.
Picture of Sarah Hankinson, Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year
Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Sarah Hankinson.
Sarah is in her 19th year of teaching at Montvale Elementary School (MVES) with Bedford County Public Schools. She currently teaches 2nd grade. This is her second time receiving the honor of being the MVES Teacher of the Year. She was previously recognized in 2011. There are many reasons why her colleagues continue to nominate her. She is always focused on finding thoughtful, creative solutions to support her students' educational needs. She is a kind, nurturing, and dedicated teacher. She is a very valuable part of MVES and they feel so lucky to have her.

Picture of Amanda Cocke, New London Academy’s Teacher of the Year
New London Academy’s Teacher of the Year is Amanda Cocke.
Amanda is in her 14th year of teaching, 4 of which have been with third graders at New London Academy. She knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was only six years old. She made that dream a reality and became a strong, dedicated, and exceptional teacher! She is creative and engaging in the classroom and her colleagues can see how invested she is in the learning of each of her students. Amanda excels at developing meaningful relationships with each student by being a consistent voice and advocate, which allows her to bring out the best in them. She always maintains a positive learning environment where students feel safe to be themselves. She is a colleague that demonstrates consistent professionalism and high standards.

Picture of  Sherri Given, Staunton River High School’s Teacher of the Year
Staunton River High School’s Teacher of the Year is Sherri Given.
Sherri is in her 27th year of teaching at Staunton River High School with Bedford County Public Schools. She began her career teaching English 10 and one Theatre class. Over the years, she has also taught English 12 and Public Speaking. She currently teaches Theatre Productions I-IV and Technical Theatre. Sherri is the definition of a servant leader. She works tirelessly for students and is an encourager and mentor to both her students and colleagues. She is a staple to her school community and positively impacts so many.
PIcture of Pam Riggles, Big Island Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year
Big Island Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Pam Riggles.
Pam is in her 13th year of teaching, 3 of which have been with Bedford County Public Schools. She is currently the ITRT, art, and music teacher at Big Island Elementary School. This year she is also teaching 4th grade academic content in the classroom. She is the chair of the Technology and Public Relations Committee, a member of the STEM Committee, Bulldog Pride Committee, and Leadership Team. Pam is such an integral part of her school community. She always maintains a positive attitude, builds strong relationships with her students, and colleagues see her as someone who is always there to help in any way she can.
Picture of three students in the Automotive Technology program at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology passed the State Inspection exam.
WAY TO GO! Three students in the Automotive Technology program at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology passed the State Inspection exam.
Picture of Jenna Holland, a teacher at Staunton River Middle School, has been selected by the National History Day (NHD) program in Virginia to participate in the spring 2021 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series.

Jenna Holland, a teacher at Staunton River Middle School, has been selected by the National History Day (NHD) program in Virginia to participate in the spring 2021 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series. This program is a collaboration between NHD and the Library of Congress and includes 120 teachers from around the world. NHD affiliates include all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and international school programs in China, South Asia, and South Korea.
Since December, Jenna has completed readings, engaged in discussion boards with peers from around the world, and joined live programs with historians and curriculum specialists to improve her practice. Upon completion of the series, she will have demonstrated the ability to share with her students key strategies for researching, supporting, and presenting historical arguments bolstered by these primary sources.

Picture of Kristy Snow, Forest Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year

Forest Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Kristy Snow.
Kristy is in her 20th year of teaching with Bedford County Public Schools, 16 of which have been at Forest Elementary School. She is currently both a Kindergarten and Physical Education teacher. She has a passion for teaching beginning readers and writers that began early in her career as a Reading Specialist. Kristy is a hard worker and is extremely helpful to staff. Everything she does is with a smile, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
Picture Jefferson Forest High School Scholastic Bowl Team awarded 1st runner up at the State Championship.
Congratulations to the Jefferson Forest High School Scholastic Bowl Team. They were awarded 1st runner up at the State Championship.
Picture of Katie Appleby, Staunton River Middle School’s Teacher of the Year
Staunton River Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Katie Appleby.
Katie has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 7 years, all of which have been at Staunton River Middle School (SRMS). She is currently a Special Education Teacher and Department Chair. She serves on the leadership, hospitality, and learner support teams. Katie demonstrates kindness, enthusiasm, dedication, and knowledge in everything she does. She is always willing to help and serves as a mentor and leader to all. She is constantly going above and beyond to serve the students and families of SRMS. She was nominated by numerous colleagues for this honor, which speaks volumes about all the lives she touches at SRMS.
Picture of Rickylyn Cundiff, Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year
Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Rickylyn Cundiff.
Rickylyn has been teaching in Bedford County Public Schools for 3 years. She is currently a 5th grade Language Arts and Reading teacher at Liberty Middle School (LMS). She taught her first two years at Bedford Elementary School. Rickylyn is one of the 5th Grade Team Leads as well as the 504 Coordinator at LMS. She also serves as a new teacher mentor. Her colleagues describe her as dedicated to her students, a problem solver, and a leader in the building.
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Elizabeth Wendland, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center recognized for her impact on students and the community. We value you and the contributions you bring not only to Bedford County Public Schools but the teaching profession!
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Picture of Brian Miller, Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year
Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year is Brian Miller.
Brian is in his first year at Jefferson Forest Combined School, where he serves as an Algebra 1 and Math 8 teacher. He served the previous 8 years as a teacher at Staunton River High School. He is committed to providing educational leadership and opportunity to teachers and students at the local, district, and international levels. He does this by collaborating with peers and helping students connect curriculum to student interests and real world experiences. In addition to teaching, Brian is also a soccer coach and spends his summers teaching and training staff at a school in Nepal.
Picture of Forest Middle School fifth graders, PTA Reflections award winners
Congratulations to Forest Middle School fifth graders Russell Kaiser and Alena Price, whose PTA Reflections entries won at the school, county, district and state level. Russell's photograph of his sister and Alena's poem about herself won an Award of Merit (third place) at State. The theme this year was "I Matter Because..." Also pictured are assistant principals Paul Nazigian and Heather Boyles.
Picture of Deena Mustard, Moneta Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year
Moneta Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Deena Mustard.
Deena is in her 20th year of teaching with Bedford County Public Schools, 9 of which she has been a school counselor at Moneta Elementary School (MNES). Her title is school counselor, but she wears many hats. She is the SCA sponsor, SFA solutions coordinator, testing coordinator, and a member of the leadership team and school mental health support team. When she isn't teaching a lesson or counseling students, she can be seen taking students on movement breaks, organizing food bags and donations, mentoring future counselors, organizing games of kickball, showing kids how to play badminton, or lending an ear to a colleague. In everything she does, Deena exhibits an authentic passion for teaching the whole child and helping them realize their potential. She loves being a part of and serving the Moneta community. She is one of the main pillars that holds up MNES.
BCPS students win Southern Regional Awards in 2021 VSBA Art Contest.
Picture of 3rd Place Middle School Winner - Reilly Hiner - Liberty Combined School "Personal Statement Jewelry"
3rd Place Middle School Winner - Reilly Hiner - Liberty Combined School
Picture of 1st Place High School VSBA Artwork Winner - Diem Trinh - Jefferson Forest High School "Face Behind the Mask"
1st Place High School Winner - Diem Trinh - Jefferson Forest High School Click here for more information.
Picture of Kelly Morck, Bedford Connects Remote Learning’s Teacher of the Year.
Bedford Connects Remote Learning’s Teacher of the Year is Kelly Morck.
Kelly is in her 18th year teaching for Bedford County Public Schools. She spent 17 of those years at Staunton River Middle School. She currently teaches Health and Physical Education in Kindergarten through 3rd grade for virtual students and also serves as the 504 coordinator. In her role as 504 coordinator, she has been an advocate for students and enjoys the challenge of helping parents and students find success in the virtual classroom. Kelly is passionate about improving children's overall physical and mental health, which in turn, improves their successes in the academic classroom. She is a wonderful asset to Bedford Connects Remote Learning.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Beverly Eborn who won the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair Grand Award.

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Beverly Eborn on her Central Virginia Regional Science Fair Grand Award!
Check out all the category and special award winners representing Bedford County Public Schools! Way to go! Click here for award winner listing.


Picture of Christie Massie, Otter River Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year
Otter River Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Christie Massie.
Christie is the music teacher at Otter River Elementary School. This year, she has also taken on the role of teaching art and second grade. She has been teaching for seven years and enjoys making musical memories with her students. Christie loves watching her students grow, challenge themselves, and blossom through the many productions the school puts on each year. She believes that all children are capable of connecting with and growing in their own musical abilities. She always has a smile on her face and the students love her. When she is not teaching, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and performing with local choirs, operas, and churches.

Picture of Leeanne Rice, Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year

Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Leeanne Rice. Leeanne has been teaching for 23 years, 17 of which have been with Bedford County Public Schools. The last 4 of those years have been at Stewartsville/Goodview Elementary Schools. This school year she has taken on the role of Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT). She is a true team player and is always willing to offer support to colleagues and students. Leeanne helps with everything from CANVAS, car/bus rider lines, making copies, delivering water to classrooms, relaying messages, organizing events, and creating creative and fun PE lesson plans. There is no area that she won’t step into if someone needs a helping hand. She is the best at juggling duties and always appears to have it all together no matter how much responsibility she takes on.

Picture of Brenda Willis, Bedford Primary School’s Teacher of the Year
Bedford Primary School’s Teacher of the Year is Brenda Willis.
Brenda is in her 26th year with Bedford County Public Schools. She spent 14 years teaching 4th grade, 5 years teaching 2nd grade, and 4 years as a Math Coach. She is currently in her 3rd year as an Instructional Coach and Remediation Teacher at Bedford Primary School. She dedicates her time to supporting all students in making academic progress while also sharing her enthusiasm, energy, and talents with everyone she meets. The photo shows one of the hallway murals she has worked diligently on to ensure that the school is a bright and happy place for students and staff. She is a favorite of many parents and students whose faces she brings a smile to each day in the arrival and dismissal line. She truly enjoys greeting families.

Picture of students who won the 2020 Global Design Challenge.

A team of six students (Madelyn Durham, Christopher Graf, Charlie Lamb, Abigail Igata, Ashwath Srikanth, and Julian Ziegler) from Bedford Connects Remote Learning (BCRL), led by their Talented and Gifted teacher, Kelly Steele, won the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Elementary STEM Council's (ESC) third annual 2020 Global Design Challenge. 
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Picture of  Matthew Payne, Lieutenant Colonel, USA Retired, Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teacher of the Year
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teacher of the Year is Matthew Payne, Lieutenant Colonel, USA Retired.

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Payne joined BCPS as Senior Army Instructor for JROTC at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center in August 2017 after serving in the United States Army for 24 years.

LTC Payne displays excellence in all aspects, especially in the way he helps his students and colleagues. His dedication to the students’ health, well-being, and education is unsurpassed. He focuses on each student’s needs and how they can excel. LTC Payne is usually the first to volunteer for tasks and goes above and beyond his responsibility. This school year he has also stepped into the role of a learning coach. He cares about the future academic and professional goals of students. He enjoys the JROTC program and strives to make it better each year. LTC Payne is a major asset to those who get the privilege of working with him.

Picture of Liberty High School's Marisa Parikh, who placed first in the Original Oratory Category with her piece 'Not Your Stereotype' at the VHSL Regional competition.

Liberty High School's Marisa Parikh placed first in the Original Oratory Category with her piece 'Not Your Stereotype' at the VHSL Regional competition. - Photo credit: Minutemen Pride

Picture of Lauren Millner, Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year
Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Lauren Millner.
Lauren has been an educator for 25 years, 20 of which have been with Bedford County Public Schools. A former Kindergarten teacher, she has served the last 15 years as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. She is an exemplary collaborator, willing and able to support all school staff with their technology access and instructional technology needs. Lauren is a hardworking and dedicated problem solver and volunteer extraordinaire.

Picture of Staunton River High School's Sydney Thomas and Johana Atchison who earned 2nd and 3rd place in poetry at the Regional Forensics Tournament.

Regional Forensics: Staunton River High School's Sydney Thomas and Johana Atchison earned 2nd and 3rd place in poetry at the Regional Forensics Tournament. - Photo credit: SRHS Eyrie

Picture of Barb Pennington,.Goodview Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. 
Goodview Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Barb Pennington.
Barb has worked at Goodview Elementary School (GES) for 25 years. She has been a Reading Specialist for 19 of those years, as well as the School Testing Coordinator for the past 8 years. Barb is a wonderful example of a teacher with great leadership qualities. Her service on the leadership team at GES is valuable as she advocates for the students, ensures they are following expectations with testing, and shares resources and ideas to improve instruction. She is always so calm and caring with each of the students. She works hard to help them grow by taking into account their individual learning styles, abilities, and interests. She fosters lasting relationships with her students and that bond is so apparent. It is clear she is good at what she does and truly loves the children. Teachers across the school and district frequently comment about how Barb has gone out of her way to mentor others and share any knowledge or information that may be beneficial. She is such an asset.

 Picture of Megan Clark, Bedford Elementary School's Teacher of the Year Bedford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Megan Clark. Megan has worked for Bedford County Public Schools for 16 years. She is currently a third grade teacher at Bedford Elementary School. She is always positive and keeps a smile on her face. She loves her students and teaching. Megan forms strong relationships with her students by creating a classroom environment that is caring, loving, and supportive. She also supports her colleagues by working collaboratively with all stakeholders and serving as a mentor teacher.

 Lynchburg Living Magazine’s 2021 Top Teacher Awards were presented to two of our teachers Jessica Heflin, JFHS and Mary Beth Hunter, TJES.
Lynchburg Living Magazine’s 2021 Top Teacher Awards were presented to two of our teachers in recognition of their commitment to education.
Jessica Heflin, Jefferson Forest High School Mary Beth Hunter, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Click here for more information.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School seniors, Will Duis, Andrew Qi, and Arielle Jackson have advanced as Finalists to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship awards.

Three Jefferson Forest High School seniors have advanced as Finalists to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship awards offered later this spring. Each will receive a Certificate of Merit for their distinguished performance and high potential for future academic accomplishments. From left to right: Will Duis, Andrew Qi, Arielle Jackson

Donnie Norman, Assistant Principal at Jefferson Forest High School has been named the 2021 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP). Click here for more info.

Donnie Norman, Assistant Principal at Jefferson Forest High School has been named the 2021 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP).
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