BCPS Pride


Picture of Jeni Levine, one of Staunton River High School’s Girls Outdoor track athletes who was crowned champion in the regional high jump competition and runner-up in the state high jump competition.

A familiar name in athletics at the River found success yet again recently with the Golden Eagle Girls Outdoor Track Team.

Jeni Levine was crowned champion in the regional high jump competition. She then went on to the state competition, where she was runner-up in the high jump.

Let’s hear it for Jeni!

Picture of some of the Staunton River High School’s Boys Outdoor Track team athletes who are this year’s champions and runners-up in the regional competition.
The Staunton River Boys Outdoor Track team recently found plenty of success in the Region 3D Outdoor Track competition. Champions and runners-up are below.

Champions:

Boys 4 x 400 Relay Team: Alfred Finney, Malakhi Gregory, Spencer Kearns, and Kayden Ryder
Boys 4 x 800 Relay Team: Spencer Kearns, Kayden Ryder, Jack Weddle, and Sam Weddle

Pole Vault: Spencer Kearns

Runners-up:

Long Jump: Malakhi Gregory

Triple Jump: Malakhi Gregory

Kudos to all! 

Graphic of Jefferson Forest High School’s animation titled Clay Boi that took 1st Place in the Animation category at the VHSL Film Festival.
High school filmmakers across the Commonwealth submitted 103 films from 24 schools to the VHSL Film Festival this year. Only 48 were designated Official Selections. We couldn’t be prouder to announce that
Jefferson Forest High School took 1st Place in the Animation category for Clay Boi! The film was also the audience choice winner! JFHS also had other teams that placed in categories as well.

Job well done!

You can watch Clay Boi here: https://youtu.be/8xZY2CsDmxI.

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Baseball team who are this year’s district co-champions, region champions, and made it all the way to the state semifinals.
It’s been a spectacular year to be a player, coach, parent, or fan of the Jefferson Forest High School Baseball Team. Hard work paid off this year and translated into much success, with the team being district co-champions, winning the region, and making it all the way to the state semifinals.

Additional props to these individuals:

Breckin Nace has been named to this year’s VHSL Class 4 All-State 1st Team! 

Peyton Smith - Region Player of the Year!

Head Coach Ryan Gilleland - Region Coach of the Year!

Hats off to JF Baseball for these accomplishments!

Picture of the Staunton River High School’s Girls Softball team who are this year’s Blue Ridge District champions.
The Staunton River High School’s Girls Softball Team won the regular season Blue Ridge District title and finished with a record of 19-4 (9-1). 

In addition, Varsity Softball Coach, Scott Cisco, was named the 2022 Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year. 

Great job! 

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Boys Soccer team who was this year’s Seminole District champions plus region and state runners-up.
The Jefferson Forest High School Boys Soccer Program has been nothing short of phenomenal the past two years, coming so close to a state championship in both seasons. This team is a force to be reckoned with and remains a soccer powerhouse in Virginia. 
That’s not all, we have some individuals to recognize as well:
Kyle Butcher, Walker Stebbings, and Wilson Hetrick have been named to this year’s VHSL Class 4 All-State 1st Team! 
Kyle Butcher - Seminole District Player of the Year!
Scott Zaring - Seminole District Coach of the Year!
Huge congratulations to this year’s Seminole District champions plus region and state runners-up!
Graphic for Jefferson Forest High School who was an Activities Winner who was awarded the Class 4 Cup.

Activities Winners for this year’s National Guard Cup have been announced, and Jefferson Forest High School ran away from the competition to win the Class 4 Cup! 

Winners of the National Guard Cup are determined by a point system based on performance in VHSL state competitions. Points are awarded for all sanctioned sports, plus sportsmanship, and schools can earn academic activity points for outstanding participation in scholastic bowl, creative writing, theatre, forensics, debate, film festival, broadcast, newspaper, yearbook, and magazine.

Way to go Cavaliers!

Graphic for Liberty High School’s Girls Outdoor Track team who had 2nd place winners in both the region and Seminole District Outdoor Track Championships.
Liberty High School Girls Outdoor Track athletes are proving that dedication pays off!

Susannah Allen competed in Pole Vault and finished 2nd in the Region 3C Outdoor Track Championships.  
Hailey Clark, Brianna Adams, Mary Malcolm, and Natalee Powers finished 2nd in the Seminole District Outdoor Track Championships in the Girls 4X800 Meter Relay.
Congratulations!

Picture of some of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Boys Outdoor Track team who placed first and second at the region competition.
We have celebrated the girls, but the Jefferson Forest High School Boys Outdoor Track Team had an outstanding season as well. This team did their damage in the region competition, and today we recognize them for their accomplishments.
Way to go!

Boys Region Champions Brannon Adams - 1st 3200m Addison Hilton - 1st 400m
Boys Region Runners-up Brannon Adams - 2nd 1600m Alex Jordan - 2nd 3200m  Addison Hilton - 2nd 200m Brian Aveson - 2nd 400m Landon Epperson - 2nd 4x800 relay Jacob White - 2nd 4x800 relay Jonah Packer - 2nd 4x800 relay Keagan Venable - 2nd 4x800 relay

Picture of some of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Girls Outdoor Track team who finished the season as state runners-up.
What a year for Jefferson Forest High School’s Girls Outdoor Track! They finished the season as state runners-up and brought home many individual accolades as well.

Time to celebrate!
Girls State Runners-up Hannah Pettyjohn - 2nd Pole Vault Zoie Lamanna - 2nd 800m & 1600m
Girls Track - Overall Region 1st place
Girls Region Champions  Zoie Lamanna - 1st 800 & 1600 Shauna Skow - 1st 3200 Kandace McIvor - 1st Long Jump Hannah Pettyjohn - 1st Pole Vault, Shot Put, & Discus
Girls Region Runners-up Zoie Lamanna - 2nd 4x400 relay Kandace McIvor - 2nd 300m hurdles & 4x400 relay Alexis Plaster - 2nd 4x400 relay Hannah Pettyjohn - 2nd High Jump & 4x400 relay

Pictures of our students who were recognized for top awards at the Central Virginia Regional Middle School Science Fair.
We are so proud of all of our students who were recognized at the Central Virginia Regional Middle School Science Fair! BCPS students showed off their research knowledge, dedication, and skills at the regional fair, and many were awarded special awards for their work. Two of our groups were nominated to represent BCPS and our region at the 
2022 Broadcom Masters International Science Fair. These students are Forest Middle School’s Avery Pyzik, Olivia Della Penna, Sophie Bellanger, and Nicolas Bellanger. Avery Pyzik and Olivia Della Penna also won the 1st place Chemistry award. Forest Middle School’s Owen Evans won the 2nd place Physics award. Moneta Elementary School’s Anson Hager won 2nd place in the Rube Goldberg Challenge. Congratulations to all!

Picture of names and logos of our Teacher of the Year sponsors who gave so that our Teacher of the Year, Katrina Grooms of New London Academy, could be further rewarded for her dedication and exceptional work in the classroom.
We could not be more grateful for those that gave so that our Teacher of the Year, Katrina Grooms of New London Academy, could be further rewarded for her dedication and exceptional work in the classroom. The following businesses and organizations genuinely support our educators.

Bedford Area Educational Foundation Emerson Creek Pottery Fostek Corporation JM Freebird, LLC Moneta Farm & Home Center London's Salt Spa Sam Moore Furniture Simply Vanilla Gourmet Virginia Furniture Market

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Justin Kim who attends Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology recently won the 4th place Grand Award in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Jefferson Forest High School’s Justin Kim who attends Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology recently won the 4th place Grand Award in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his presentation: The Effect of Bacillus cereus on the Central Nervous System of Dugesia tigrine.

Student winners are in ninth through twelfth grades who earned the right to compete at the Regeneron ISEF 2022 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state, or national science fair.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Principal, Troy Doss’ blue hair with green polka dots. He promised Mrs. Chittum’s Cosmetology students that if they passed their Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam that they could color his hair.
During the first week of May Mrs. Chittum's Cosmetology students tackled the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam consisting of a written exam as well as a hands-on competency check. Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Principal, Troy Doss spoke to the class a couple of months ago and told them if they had a 100% pass rate that they could color his hair. Well, don’t make a promise that you don’t intend to keep. They all passed! Check out the video to see him fulfill his side of the deal!

Picture of the ocean with writing in the sand saying Happy Retirement 2021-2022 Retirees Bedford County Public Schools.
We would like to honor all of our 2021-2022 Bedford County Public Schools retirees. We want to thank them for their time, energy, and dedication throughout the years.
Click here to view our retiree recognition presentation.

Picture of the Forest Middle School Science Exploratory class’ work on the international Plant the Moon Challenge where three teams grew green beans, lettuce, and kale in moon regolith and varying amounts of soil additive. The green bean team earned Best in Show/Growth honors!
The Forest Middle
School Science Exploratory class worked hard on the international (248 teams representing 10 countries from elementary, middle, high school, and college levels) Plant the Moon Challenge. Three teams worked 5 days a week for 10 weeks to grow green beans, lettuce, and kale in moon regolith and varying amounts of soil additive. Growing pods were created with LED grow lights, PVC pipe, and clear cloth for protection. The kale team even added hydrogel from diapers to their pots to reduce their water needs by 60%. The project was done so well that it led to a great opportunity to virtually present to representatives from NASA, the Virginia Department of Education, and many universities/colleges. They also showcased the project to incoming 6th-grade families at the FMS Open House and board members/supporters at the Bedford Area Educational Foundation breakfast meeting.

All 3 teams were AMAZING but the green bean team earned Best in Show/Growth honors!

Picture of the t-shirt designs from the three Liberty High School students whose designs were awarded by the Bedford Fiber Festival.  

Congratulations to our Bedford Fiber Festival T-Shirt Design winners! While the Bedford Fiber Festival is using only the first-place design on their shirts, they were so impressed they felt that more students should be awarded for their beautiful work and decided to choose a second and third place which will also receive monetary prizes.

1st: Abryella Blair 2nd: Isabel Wilberger 3rd: Reilly Hiner

Thank you to every student who put forth fantastic designs representing the LHS Art Department and heartfelt congratulations to our winners!

Pictures from The Big Feet Meet event that is sponsored through Special Olympics in partnership with schools and community. This year it was held at Liberty High School and included students with disabilities and their peers in all 3 middle and high schools in Bedford County.
The Big Feet Meet is an event that is sponsored through Special Olympics in partnership with schools and community. This year it was held at Liberty High School and included students with disabilities and their peers in all 3 middle and high schools in Bedford County. The students competed in a variety of track events that varied for all skill levels. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Bedford County Fire Department, Virginia State Police, and the Town of Bedford Police Department were all in attendance to support this event. Students, staff, parents, spectators, and community volunteers all enjoyed this amazing event that highlighted our students with disabilities. 

Pictures of Jefferson Forest High School’s Anna Anderson and Zane Wales who were recognized and featured by People Magazine.
Two of our amazing students were recognized and featured by People Magazine! Congratulations to Jefferson Forest High School’s Anna Anderson and Zane Wales who were recently named prom queen and king.

https://people.com/human-interest/high-school-names-students-with-down-syndrome-as-prom-king-queen/?fbclid=IwAR1F86aLgg7zM4Fj5tjTCD0IZ-QNjwNQuHPQkqbBSLz9gRczNa6YON-kgDw

Picture of Liberty High School students Sara Johnson, Noah Lehrer, Makayla Branham, and Mason Mooneyham who recently participated in the History Day state competition.
Liberty High School students Sara Johnson, Noah Lehrer, Makayla Branham, and Mason Mooneyham recently participated in the History Day state competition.
Sara Johnson took first place in her performance, and will now represent Virginia in the Senior Individual Performance at the National History Day competition. 
Noah Lehrer and Mason Mooneyham took third place in Senior Group Website and are now alternates for the national competition. To view their website, click the following link: https://site.nhd.org/92488529/home.
Makayla Branham also received a $1,000 scholarship.
Congratulations to all!

Picture of the three Jefferson Forest High School students, Elise Brady, Hannah Wright, and Alyssa Nazigian whose artwork won three of the four Merit Awards at the The University of Lynchburg High School Art Show reception.

The University of Lynchburg High School Art Show reception was recently held in the Lobby Gallery of the Dillard Fine Arts Center. At the reception, these awards were given: four student Merit Awards (each worth $100), one People's Choice Award (worth $100), and one Top High School Art Award (worth $100).   
Jefferson Forest High School participating students, Elise Brady (11th grade), Hannah Wright (12th grade), and Alyssa Nazigian (12th grade) won three of the four Merit Awards. And, JFHS won the Top High School Art Award for best overall representation! This is the second time that JFHS has won this award in the four years of the show's existence. 
This year, 30 students from these 8 high schools participated: Altavista, Brookville, E.C. Glass, Heritage, Jefferson Forest, Liberty Christian Academy, Virginia Episcopal School, and William Campbell. Each school submitted five pieces of artwork, totaling 40 pieces. 

Picture of members of the Susie G. Gibson Legacy alumni group who gathered to unveil a plaque that recognizes the historic designations of the former Susie G. Gibson High School. In 2021, the school was placed on both the Virginia and national historic registries.
Members of the Susie G. Gibson Legacy alumni group gathered on April 29, 2022 to unveil a plaque that recognizes the historic designations of the former Susie G. Gibson High School. In 2021, the school was placed on both the Virginia and national historic registries. 

Picture of the four recipients who were awarded $1,000 Bedford County Council PTA scholarships.
We are greatly appreciative of the partnership and constant support that our PTA gives our students and schools!
Annually, each high school gets awarded one Bedford County Council PTA scholarship for $1,000. To be eligible, the student/parent(s) has to be PTA member(s) by December of the year they are applying. A rubric scoring system is used that takes into consideration volunteer community service time, academic grades and classes, if they have a part-time job, and extracurricular activities. A short essay by the student and provided recommendation letters from teachers or employers are also reviewed.
This year the PTA County Council had enough funds to support awarding four scholarships. The following students were the recipients: 
Jefferson Forest High School – Olivia Oen Liberty High School – Makenna Leigh Garrett Staunton River High School – Elizabeth Gillespie Staunton River High School – Sydney Thomas

Congratulations to all!

Picture of BCPS School Board Office's Support Staff of the Year, Becky Robertson.
BCPS School Board Office’s Support Staff of the Year is Becky Robertson!
Becky is in her 8th year working for BCPS. She has been serving in her current role as Administrative Assistant of School Nutrition since November of 2017. Becky has the ability to put anyone that she meets or talks with at ease and faces all that she does with a positive attitude. No matter who she is assisting, she is able to think through the situation and offer a solution to help. She has many job responsibilities but never hesitates to take time to help others and always treats them with a caring and kind attitude. Becky is a tremendous asset and we are blessed to have her in our Nutrition department.

Picture of Staunton River High School FFA’s Kody Burnette who placed 1st in the 4-Wheel Wagon Event & 1st on the Exam Portion at the State Tractor Driving Competition.
A handful of the Virginia FFA Competitions are held prior to the State Convention. Recently, the FFA Tractor Driving Area winners convened at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds to see who would be the top FFA Tractor Operator in Virginia. 

Smith Mountain FFA - Staunton River High School's Kody Burnette placed 1st in the 4-Wheel Wagon Event & 1st on the Exam Portion. His total score was 562, making him the overall State Tractor Driving Winner!

Way to Go!
Picture of New London Academy's Support Staff of the Year, Emily Horgan.

New London Academy’s Support Staff of the Year is Emily Horgan!

Emily has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 3 years, most of which have been at NLA. She is an incredible paraprofessional that works to support the learning of all the students in a classroom and actively looks for opportunities to contribute to the school community. Wherever there is a need, she is willing and ready to help. Emily is a hard worker who always maintains a positive outlook, even on the toughest days. NLA is so thankful to have her. 

Picture of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Deanna Wirth.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Deanna Wirth!
Deanna has been a paraprofessional at Thomas Jefferson for the past nine years. She works directly with students in remediation groups, assists teachers in the classroom working with small groups of students, prepares instructional materials for class projects, works in the front office on various tasks, and regularly covers classes for teachers. Deanna takes initiative, often asking, "How can I help?" when she sees a need arise and always pitches in with a smile. Her love for the TJES school community is evident in her dedication and positive attitude each day. 

Picture of BCPS Maintenance Department's Support Staff of the Year, Sherry Ratliff.
BCPS Maintenance Department’s Support Staff of the Year is Sherry Ratliff!
Sherry has been with BCPS for 10 years. This is her second year serving as the Administrative Assistant for both the Maintenance and Testing & Demographic Planning departments. She has enjoyed getting to know the staff she interacts with in her job duties. Sherry is friendly and easy to get along with. She is highly valued as a team member and excels at any tasks thrown her way with exemplary performance. 

Picture of Staunton River High School's Support Staff of the Year, Jennifer Buzzo.
Staunton River High School’s Support Staff of the Year is Jennifer Buzzo!
Jennifer served as a paraprofessional at SRHS for 5 years until she passed away this fall. She was dearly loved by the SRHS staff and community. Her family received the award on her behalf.
There is no shortage of colleagues with wonderful words to say about Jennifer. Here are a few examples:
“Jennifer Buzzo has been nominated since we started doing this award. She was the most kindhearted and helpful person. She was always willing to pitch in and help out with anything. She was not only a paraprofessional, but she was our backup nurse, a fill-in secretary, and subbed in classes when teachers were out. She always had a smile on her face. She loved working with the students. She was always willing to help and work with students to achieve inside the classroom. She was the best paraprofessional I ever had in my classroom. I could be absent and my classroom would run just as I was there. I know she is no longer with us physically. But she deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and dedication to SRHS and the community.”
“Jennifer would do anything for anyone. She was assigned to classes in the History department but would also cover lunches for the attendance secretary, nurse, and front desk secretary. She was an amazing employee and friend. She jumped in to help out whenever she was asked or would take time out of her day to help where she knew there was a need. Jennifer had great relationships with students and staff, she knew everyone and was willing to help in any way.”
“Buzzo would do anything for anybody. She would flawlessly jump in to fill in for the nurse, secretary, or teachers whenever asked. She was the heart of the History department. We always joked that we could not survive without her and that she was the MVP of the department. She was exceptional with the kids. She was invested in the kids that she worked with. She did not just read aloud the test to them, but she encouraged them and cheered them on. She was able to jump in and teach the classes she supported at a moment's notice and did so often. Even though she did not see much of this school year, her years of service to this school more than qualify her for this award.”
SRHS created a video presentation, which can be viewed by clicking the link below, to recognize Jennifer’s value to them and express their love for her.
We appreciate her hard work and commitment! 
SRHS Support Staff Video

Picture of those members from both the Liberty High School and Staunton River High School FFA who attended the South Ridge Area Rally that received 1st and 2nd placements in contests.
Members from both the Liberty High School and Staunton River High School FFA attended the South Ridge Area Rally consisting of 25 schools where they participated in contests and workshops. 
Here are those placing 1st and 2nd:
Liberty High School  Adam Witt - 1st Junior Tractor Operator Adam Witt and Wyatt Jenkins - 1st Tractor Troubleshooting Team Wyatt Jenkins, Andrew Hiner, Caleb Williamson, Zane Key and Landon Asal - 1st Senior Ag Mechanics Team Olivia Esposito - 2nd Extemporaneous Public Speaking Natalie Corbin - 2nd Creed Public Speaking  Allyson Long - 2nd Individual in Floriculture 

Staunton River High School Tractor Driving - 1st Overall Kody Burnette - 1st Tractor Driving  Vet Science - 2nd Overall

Both squads are gearing up to compete at the State Convention at Virginia Tech during the week of June 27 - 30, 2022! 

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Judith Marlow.

Bedford Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Judith Marlow!
Judith is new to Bedford Elementary this year and has been a fantastic addition. She began as a long-term substitute and transitioned into a full-time paraprofessional. She is flexible and willing to support all students and staff. She is always open to suggestions and feedback, takes all tasks seriously, and can adapt and adjust her schedule at a moment’s notice. Judith has built a positive rapport with the students and always does what is best for them.

Picture of the Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center students who placed in the top two of their competitions.
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center had seven students compete in the SkillsUSA Virginia State Skills and Leadership Conference. Five of those students placed in the top two of their respective competitions. They were as follows:
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Contest High School 2nd Place - William Wood
Building Maintenance Contest Post-Secondary 1st Place - Anthony Uttley  High School 1st Place - Aidan Wortmann High School 2nd Place - Timothy Nickols
Carpentry Contest High School 2nd Place - Taylor Weschke

The two first place winners will be attending the national competition, which will be held from June 20-25, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia!

Picture of Otter River Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Kathy Overstreet.
Otter River Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Kathy Overstreet!
Kathy is the Cafeteria Manager and has worked at Otter River for 22 years! Kathy and her wonderful, sweet cafeteria ladies are dedicated to providing delicious and nutritious meals for our students and staff.  She is always willing to lend a helping hand even outside the cafeteria. She is dependable and caring, and loves hearing the students' stories and watching them learn and grow. Kathy is an integral part of ORES.

Picture of BCPS Teacher of the Year, New London Academy's Katrina Grooms.
The votes are in.....and it’s time to announce this year’s Bedford County Teacher of the Year. 

Huge congratulations to New London Academy’s Katrina Grooms!

Click the link below to watch the announcement. 

https://youtu.be/nCPtMkSoohw

Picture of Moneta Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Mary Bonds.
Moneta Elementary
School’s Support Staff of the Year is Mary Bonds!

Mary has worked in the cafeteria at Moneta Elementary for 27 years! She is always willing to help with a beautiful smile on her face. Mary is dependable, knows her job well, and cares for the students. She is loved by her MNES family. 

Picture of Big Island Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Melissa Overstreet.
Big Island Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Melissa Overstreet!

This is Melissa’s 8th year working as the secretary at Big Island Elementary. She is considered nothing but the best to those who know and work with her. She is a team player and goes above and beyond the duties handed to her. Melissa wears many hats each day and does so with a great attitude. She has strong ties to the community, volunteers for everything, is super organized, sweet, dependable, and truly cares about the students and their well-being. She is a mentor to students and is always there to meet the needs of the staff. BIES feels that every school should have a Melissa, but they most definitely aren't going to let her go.

Picture of Forest Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Erin Barbolla.
Forest Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is
Erin Barbolla!

Erin is in her second year working as an instructional paraprofessional at FES. She has been working with kids for 20 years and loves every minute of it. Erin’s strength is in her positive attitude. She will do anything you ask with a smile on her face. Her passion is to help those struggling with reading. She and the reading specialist work closely to make sure students get the help they need to succeed. Erin is utilized in other areas such as math support and substitute teaching because she is so adaptable and talented. No matter what is needed of her, she gives it her all and never complains. She is highly respected and a dedicated educator.

Picture of BCPS Transportation Department's Support Staff of the Year, Jeff Karnes.
BCPS Transportation Department’s Support Staff of the Year is Jeff Karnes! 

Jeff began working with BCPS as a bus driver 10 years ago. Since 2019 he has been serving as an Administrative Assistant where he fulfills many duties including assisting new bus drivers, helping parents with bus routes and bus stops for their children, and helping with many day to day tasks that arise in the office. His co-workers describe Jeff as a hard worker who is a pleasure to be around. 

Picture of Staunton River Middle School's Support Staff of the Year, Ronda Crouch.


Staunton River Middle School’s Support Staff of the Year is Ronda Crouch!
This is Ronda’s 20th year with BCPS, 2 of which have been at SRMS. She is a highly dedicated Golden Eagle that wears many hats from attendance, new enrollments, withdrawals, thousands of questions, going above and beyond school hours to maintain student records, and ensuring tasks are completed so that her school operates smoothly. Not to mention this is all done with a smile. Ronda is truly a jack of all trades and greatly appreciated on so many levels.

Picture of Liberty High School's Support Staff of the Year, Susan Tomlin.
Liberty High School’s Support Staff of the Year is Susan Tomlin! 

Susan began serving as the Front Office/Principal's Secretary last year, but she has been a familiar face around Liberty High for 13 years. Prior to her current role, she served as a faithful substitute, as well as an involved parent, and supporter of LHS. Her colleagues shared that "She is an amazing problem solver with a can-do attitude. She is truly a jack of all trades who is always kind and helpful, even when she's being pulled in multiple directions at one time. She makes me feel welcomed and appreciated every day." 

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Support Staff of the Year, Carolyn Carson.
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s
Support Staff of the Year is Carolyn Carson!
Carolyn has worked as a custodian at SGSTC for the past 2 years. Colleagues have nothing but good things to say about her. 
“She always responds promptly to any issues that may arise.” 
“She takes pride in her job on a daily basis.” 
“She is willing to learn new things.” 
“She comes every day with a smile on her face." 
“She is a hard worker and a pleasure being around.” 
The list goes on and on. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's Support Staff of the Year, Debra Brugh.
Jefferson Forest High School’s Support Staff of the Year is Debra Brugh! 

Debra has been a paraprofessional at JFHS for 23 years. What she likes most about working with students are the “light bulb” moments that occur when students understand a concept that they have been working on. It gives her great pleasure when she sees former students and their parents and they thank her for all she did for the student while they were in school. Colleagues describe Debra as being one of the hardest working and most dedicated people at the school and as being very patient and helpful with the students and teachers. 

Picture of Huddleston Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Carol Thoemke.
Huddleston Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Carol Thoemke!

Carol has worked as an educator for 23 years. She has worked as an instructional paraprofessional at Huddleston Elementary for the past 3 years. As a former teacher, Carol understands the goals and needs of teachers and students. She loves working in the classroom, assisting students with their academics, and working to make an impact on our young learners. She is encouraging and nurturing. Carol goes above and beyond her paraprofessional duties to assist the school in whatever need may arise. She loves the bond that makes HES feel like family. HES feels so fortunate to have Carol on their staff.

Picture of Bedford Primary School's Support Staff of the Year, Donna Saunders.
Bedford Primary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Donna Saunders!

Donna has been working for Bedford County Public Schools for over 22 years. This is her first year working at BPS where she currently serves as a Special Education paraprofessional. She works in the inclusion classrooms with kindergarten students to support progress academically and behaviorally. Donna is no stranger to being Support Staff of the Year, previously winning at Otter River Elementary. No matter where she has worked across the county, she has been a huge asset, is always positive, and goes above and beyond to do whatever it takes to support students. 

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School's Odyssey of the Mind team who finished in 2nd place at the state tournament.

Jefferson Forest High School finished in 2nd place at the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on April 1st. They did this with an overall score of 339.25 out of 350, missing first place by only 2.7 points. They qualify for the World Finals in Iowa in May. 

Congratulations to the team members: Jack Coleman, Molly Ellis, Riley Farris, Olivia McAvoy, Emily Jacobo-Sanchez, Katie Rodriguez-Ramirez, & Ella Waicul!

Picture of BCPS Nutrition Department's Support Staff of the Year, Cindy Garner.
BCPS Nutrition Department’s Support Staff of the Year is Cindy Garner!

Cindy has been working with Bedford County Public Schools for 6 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Cafeteria Manager. Cindy is loved and appreciated in so many ways. Her caring personality shows up in the quality of work that she gives daily. She truly cares about the nutrition program and wants students to have the best experience possible when they come to the cafeteria. Whenever a fellow staff member is struggling or a student is having a bad day, she wants to make it better. Cindy is dependable, friendly, trustworthy, caring, and respectful. Her positive attitude shines each day. A common saying that Cindy uses is "It will be ok, we can do it!" No matter what is asked of her, she always finds a way to get things done.

Picture of Boonsboro Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Troy Otey.
Boonsboro Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Troy Otey!

Troy is the head custodian and has been at Boonsboro for 6 years. You would be hard-pressed to find a more hardworking, dedicated, and caring person. Troy’s contagious positive attitude makes him a pleasure to be around. He is a blessing to BNES. 

Picture listing those students who received 1st District placings in the PTA Reflections Art Contest along with some pictures of students and/or their submissions for the contest for dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.
Membership in the Virginia PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest.

Students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division are invited to create theme-based artwork in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. We had no shortage of winners from BCPS, and those receiving 1st District placings include:

Dance Choreography Caroline Wedemeyer - Forest Middle School

Film Production Aubrianna White - Forest Elementary School Ben Messier - Liberty Middle School

Musical Composition Andrew Hebdon - Forest Middle School 

Literature Claire Reynolds - Forest Elementary School Autumn Edwards - Forest Middle School Alena Price - Forest Middle School

Visual Arts Abby White - Forest Middle School 

Photography Gavin Harrington - Forest Middle School 

Picture of Goodview Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Lisa Morris.
Goodview Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Lisa Morris!

Lisa is currently a custodian, but started out working in the school's cafeteria. She has a heart of gold and a real love for children. The feeling is mutual because she gets many invitations from students to be their “grandma”, which she gladly accepts. Lisa can often be found encouraging students, covering for a teacher who may need a quick break, and volunteering in the community. She is praised by colleagues for her dedication, work ethic, and passion for all. Lisa is a team player, a shining example of kindness, a friend, and an ultimate GES Grizzly.

Picture of Liberty Middle School's Support Staff of the Year, Barbara Owsley.
Liberty Middle School’s Support Staff of the Year is Barbara Owsley!

Barbara has worked for Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years. She is currently a Special Education paraprofessional in the adaptive classroom at Liberty Middle. She loves her students and her team. Barbara enjoys laughing with her students and learning new things. She forms strong relationships with her students by creating an environment that is caring, loving, and supportive. Barbara is dedicated to her students, a team player, and no one has a better smile than her. Her colleagues feel greatly blessed to have her as part of the team at LMS.

Picture of Forest Middle School's Support Staff of the Year, Lorrie Brunet.
Forest Middle School’s Support Staff of the Year is Lorrie Brunet!

This is Lorrie’s 21st year working as a paraprofessional at FMS. Over the years she has worked in all grade levels including ISS and the front office. Several years ago she hesitantly moved into Adaptive Education but quickly realized that is where she was meant to be. Lorrie is a team player, works well with her colleagues, and is respected by all. She is quick to develop great relationships with her students and goes above and beyond to support them in their academic setting. Her former students consistently ask about her after they leave FMS because of her strong rapport with them. 

Picture of Stewartsville Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Joyce Brown.
Stewartsville Elementary
School’s Support Staff of the Year is Joyce Brown!
Joyce is a dedicated, patient, and versatile educator with a kind heart. Although she is an hourly employee she volunteers her time prepping to ensure students will be receiving the best instruction possible. Joyce is frequently tasked with substituting for other staff members when they are absent. She does this without complaint and adapts to a wide range of grade levels and subject areas. She has a positive and calm demeanor which contributes to a positive classroom environment. Joyce is a tremendous asset at SES. 

Picture of Montvale Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Kelly Balderston.
Montvale Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Kelly Balderston! 

This is Kelly's first year as a BCPS employee, but she has been working with children for over 16 years. She first came to Montvale as a Therapeutic Day Treatment provider. She loved it there so much that when her company was moving on, she was hired as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She helps the students learn, the teachers teach, and even helps the custodians clean. She says she enjoys coming to work each day, and we are so glad she does.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Key Club at the Capital District Key Club Leadership Conference. Additional pictures of individual students who received the following honors: Bethany Duncan - Outstanding Club President for the Capital District. Alissa Goodwin - Outstanding Webmaster for the Capital District.

Last weekend at the Capital District Key Club Leadership Conference (DCON), Liberty High School’s Key Club received top awards competing with Key Clubbers across the Capital District consisting of VA, WV, MD, DC, and DE.
LHS won first place in Single Service Silver and Non-Digital Poster, as well as second place for Major Emphasis. They will go on to compete at the International Convention this summer for their first place standings.
Individual students also received the following honors:

Bethany Duncan - Outstanding Club President for the Capital District. She also received the Ellis H. Stroup Key Club Leadership Scholarship for $2,000.
Alissa Goodwin - Outstanding Webmaster for the Capital District.
Amazing job!

Pictures of our two state champions and runner-up in forensics. Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh placed first at the VHSL State Championships in the category of Original Oratory. Staunton River High School’s Jaheim Leftwich also placed first in Prose Interpretation. Jefferson Forest High School’s Paul Reid is the state runner up in Prose Interpretation.

The overall aim of high school forensics is to build the confidence and skills needed to research and speak to an audience. Our staff has done an amazing job building that confidence and those skills in our students, and now we have some of the best in the state to show for it!

Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh placed first at the VHSL State Championships in the category of Original Oratory. Staunton River High School’s Jaheim Leftwich also placed first in Prose Interpretation. Jefferson Forest High School’s Paul Reid is the state runner up in Prose Interpretation. 

Congratulations to our two state champions and runner-up! So proud of our own!!!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Zoie Lamanna who received All-American Honors at the Nike Indoor Nationals event by placing 3rd in the 1600-meter ladies event.
The Nike Indoor Nationals bills itself as “A wide selection of the country's top athletes competing for a chance to win hardware and national championship recognition”.

We couldn’t be more proud to have one of those athletes getting that national recognition. 

Jefferson Forest High School’s Zoie Lamanna received All-American Honors at the New York event by placing 3rd in the 1600-meter ladies event!

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Beth Isner who was named a “Top Teacher” by Lynchburg Living Magazine.
After the votes were tallied, one of our own was named a “Top Teacher” by Lynchburg Living Magazine! 

Beth Isner was nominated by Marianne Thurman, a colleague, because she is a dedicated teacher who consistently goes above and beyond for the students at Bedford Elementary School. She encourages all students and has high expectations for them, regardless of their athletic status. Even though Beth is a PE teacher at heart, she learned the school-wide SFA reading intervention program and teaches a reading group during school-wide remediation time. Beth and her Resource colleagues collaborate and have created numerous family and student events for BES. She feels as though she cannot do without her fellow colleagues; however, that is true of her colleagues as well.

Pictures of our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Forest Middle School - Heidi Hackworth, New London Academy - Katrina Grooms, and Liberty High School - Jessica Nash.
Presenting our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year!
Forest Middle School - Heidi Hackworth
New London Academy - Katrina Grooms
Liberty High School - Jessica Nash


Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Abigail Williams, who placed 2nd recently at the Lincoln-Douglas regional debate competition.
Congratulations to Jefferson Forest High School’s Abigail Williams, who placed 2nd recently at the Lincoln-Douglas regional debate competition!

Picture of New London Academy's Teacher of the Year, Katrina Grooms.
New London Academy’s Teacher of the Year is
Katrina Grooms!
Katrina has taught in Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years and previously was named Teacher of the Year while at Huddleston Elementary School. She took some years away from the classroom to stay home with her children, but went back to teaching in 2015 at NLA, where she is currently teaching 4th grade. Katrina has taught 3-5th grades in all subjects. She started the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at NLA and is currently a mentor for beginning teachers. Her colleagues say that she has been nothing short of a rock star this year.

Picture of Staunton River High School Girls Basketball player, Jeni Levine, who has been named to this year’s VHSL Class 3 All-State 1st Team.
We can’t say enough about the awesome season the Staunton River High School Girls Basketball team had this year, and now there’s an individual accolade to celebrate.

Jeni Levine has been named to this year’s VHSL Class 3 All-State 1st Team! 

Picture of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Kim Jacobs.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Kim Jacobs!

Kim is the Reading Specialist at TJES. She has such an impact at her school working with students to improve their reading skills, leading the school's literacy and intervention teams, and collaborating with teachers on best practices in literacy instruction. Kim’s previous experience in special education adds to the wealth of knowledge she brings to the school community.

Picture of Staunton River High School's Teacher of the Year, Neal Mustard.
Staunton River High School’s Teacher of the Year is
Neal Mustard!

Neal is an invaluable staff member at SRHS. He serves as the English Department Chair, SCT/504 Coordinator, and teaches 9th grade English. He is a servant leader who advocates for his fellow English teachers. You can see him frequently on the sidelines of sport events cheering on the Golden Eagles. This is Neal’s 22nd year at the River. His favorite part of the job? "Having a captive audience for my stories. Working with teenagers is never dull - it keeps me feeling young. I especially love seeing folks I've taught or coached in the past have successful careers and families of their own."  

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Henna St. Clair.
Bedford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Henna St. Clair!

Henna was selected by her peers for her dedication to all students, families, and staff, for the high expectations she sets for all of her students, and much, much more. She is in her 20th year of teaching, which includes stops in North Carolina and Tennessee. She says it is an absolute honor to be chosen as BES Teacher of the Year. She says she can’t believe she gets to do a job that she loves and enjoys doing every day. Henna loves supporting her kids in their extracurricular activities, such as watching them play ball, or performing in plays, and her desire is always to instill a love of learning in them, but more importantly, a love for themselves. 

Picture of Forest Middle School's Graham Woodruff who is The Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee winner.
Graham Woodruff, a 7th grader at Forest Middle School, is The Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee winner! Graham studied hard using the online Scripps platform to prepare for the virtual bee held at Forest Middle School and proctored by Dr. Diane Isenhour. Competing against students from 17 other school divisions, Graham made it through 33 rounds which he said was, “difficult but pretty cool.” The champion is really excited about going to Washington D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend to participate in the National Spelling Bee!

Picture of Otter River Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Lisa Taylor.
Otter River Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Lisa Taylor!
Lisa is currently Otter River's Reading Specialist. She also serves as the SCT Coordinator and is a member of the school's Leadership Team. Lisa is a dedicated teacher and works tirelessly to support both students and staff members. Her professionalism and positive attitude make her a huge asset to the school and the community.  

Picture of Moneta Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Beth Warren.

Moneta Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Beth Warren!

Beth is very organized and goes above and beyond to ensure that her students meet their goals. She works one on one with students, builds a positive rapport with them, and maintains an open line of communication with parents. Beth is always willing to lend her colleagues a helping hand in any way that is needed.

Picture of Big Island Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Ellen Angus.
Big Island Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Ellen Angus!

Over her 25-year career, Ellen has served as a 21st Century Grant Coordinator, SOL remediation teacher, homebound teacher, and a classroom teacher in Kindergarten-4th grades as well as being the principal's designee for the past several years. With the challenges of the past few years, she has adapted her teaching and conquered new technologies to ensure student success. She has also been a cooperating teacher for student teachers, a role model for practicum students, and served as a mentor to new teacher colleagues. In the classroom, Ellen strives to ensure all of her students grow academically while forming strong relationships with the students and their families. She is respected by students and colleagues alike, not only for her willingness to help in any situation but also for her dedication. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Hannah Pettyjohn who won the women’s pentathlon at the Adidas Indoor Track & Field National Championship.
We officially have a national champion to brag about!

Jefferson Forest High School’s Hannah Pettyjohn won the women’s pentathlon at the Adidas Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Virginia Beach recently with a total score of 3,237; 200 points more than her nearest competitor.

Picture of Forest Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Rachel Padgett.
Forest Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Rachel Padgett!
This is Rachel’s 22nd year teaching with Bedford County Public Schools. She taught at two other Bedford County schools before finding her home at Forest Elementary School where she teaches second grade. She taught first grade for five years and a total of 17 years in second grade. Throughout her career, she has served as a mentor to new teachers, student teachers, and practicum students. Every year she volunteers to be the inclusion teacher for her grade level. She and the special education team work closely to ensure that each student receives the help they need, while fostering independence. Her strength is in developing relationships with her students and their families. She makes a connection by finding something in common with each individual student. She is leader among her peers and loved by the community.

Picture of Staunton River Middle School's Teacher of the Year, Allyn Short.

Staunton River Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Allyn Short!

When her colleagues speak about Allyn, the word “Always” comes to mind. She is always there, always knowledgeable, always happy to help, always intuitive, always hardworking, always selfless, and always conscientious! Allyn consistently pushes herself in the area of technological innovation in the classroom and serves in various leadership roles. Her presence each and every day has a lasting impact on whomever she encounters. Allyn greets everyone with a smile, bubbly demeanor, and a positive outlook on any situation. She knows the students, what is needed within the school, and has established strong connections with families and community members. Students often say, "Mrs. Short is someone I can count on when I need help" and students often ask, "may I see Mrs. Short, she can help me with this". She creates an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and confident as they learn.

Picture of Liberty High School's Teacher of the Year, Jessica Nash.
Liberty High
School’s Teacher of the Year is Jessica Nash!
Jessica has been teaching history for the past 8 years, with 7 of those years at LHS. She currently teaches honors and regular World History II along with AP Psychology. She also serves as the Social Studies Department Chair, on the NHS Faculty Council, is a teacher mentor, and the lead Junior Class/Prom Sponsor. Jessica was nominated by 4 different colleagues this year. Her peers shared that she is "one of the most professional, intelligent, and hardworking educators I have ever worked with; she is always willing to step-up or step-in whenever something or someone is in need; she works hard to make every student feel included; she exemplifies Liberty Pride, and I truly believe that she is one of Liberty's best, and she is a role model for all of us!"  

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Teacher of the Year, Zac Shupe.

Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teacher of the Year is Zac Shupe!

 Chef Shupe has been an asset to SGSTC for the past 4 years, has catered many events for the county, and is well respected in the culinary community. Chef relates well with all students. They enjoy preparing his culinary creations from gourmet meals to desserts. All staff members enjoy sampling his creations. He is a valuable team member and is always willing to take on any job preparing culinary meals for functions such as School Board meetings, athletic events, and weddings. Chef’s students have an excellent pass rate with ServeSafe and all are well prepared to enter the food management industry. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year, Debra Woodson.

Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year is Debra Woodson!

Debra has taught English at every secondary grade and ability level for 35 years. The students she teaches along with her family keep her life vibrant and interesting. Educational innovations influence her own learning as she is constantly trying new methods of instruction joined together with the old as well as collaborating with and mentoring new teachers. When former students share their success stories with her, she feels such joy that she was allowed to be a part of their educational journeys. Debra is always connecting her content to matters of significance and meaning within her communities.

Picture of Huddleston Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Laurie Pringle.
Huddleston Elementary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Laurie Pringle!

Laurie serves on committees as needed and is the principal designee. She is very mindful about her profession and goes about her job with purpose and passion. She bases her decisions on what is best for students, is a team player, and is always willing to support the school no matter the event or cause. Laurie treats each student as if they were her own and continually maintains effective communication with parents. She has worked to develop close relationships with her students and families as well as the faculty, student population, and administration at HES. 

Picture of a group of Jefferson Forest High School students that competed in the DECA state and region competition where two students, Abby Beard & Amanda Trent won 1st place for Impromptu Business and 2nd place overall at the state competition.

Regional and state results are in for Jefferson Forest High School in DECA competition, and the Cavaliers dominated the competition!

State Results: Impromptu Business Presentation - 1st Place: Abby Beard & Amber Trent 2nd Place Overall State Winners: Abby Beard & Amber Trent

Regional Results: Apparel and Accessories Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Amelia Edmunds Business Finance Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Mason Williams & 2nd Place: Gabriel Rosado Business Services Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Jennifer Nguyen Entrepreneurship Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Addison Palmer Food Marketing Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Alex Dooley & 2nd Place: Ben Hiss  Hotel and Lodging Management Series Event - 1st Place: Sydney Riddlebarger & 2nd Place: Mena Sutphin  Human Resource Management Series Event - 2nd Place: Amber Trent  Marketing Communications Series Event - 1st Place: Morgan Blankenship & 2nd Place: Holly Jacobs Principles of Business Management and Administration Series Event - 1st Place: Taylor Graves Principles of Finance Series Event - 1st Place: Casey Molette Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Series Event - 1st Place: Molly Ellis & 2nd Place: Madeline Paris Principles of Marketing Series Event - 2nd Place: Kylie Sheldrake Quick Service Restaurant Management Series Event - 1st Place: Johnny Naylor & 2nd Place: Zach Dotson Restaurant and Full-Service Restaurant Management Series Event - 1st Place: Norah Tyree & 2nd Place: Wilson Hetrick Retail Merchandising Series Event - 2nd Place: Riley Campbell  
Congratulations to all the state and region winners!

Picture of Bedford Primary School’s Teacher of the Year, Katie Clark.
Bedford Primary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Katie Clark!

Katie is recognized for her tireless daily efforts to support her students' academic, social, and behavioral progress as an adaptive special education teacher. In addition to providing individualized instruction to each of her students, she supports the entire school community in her role as the Child Study and 504 Coordinator at Bedford Primary. Katie works closely with her colleagues to provide support to meet the varying needs of students across all grade levels. She always maintains a positive attitude and is nothing short of incredible to those who know her.

Picture of Boonsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Carrie Adams.
Boonsboro Elementary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Carrie Adams!

Colleagues of Carrie say there could not be a more deserving recipient of this honor. She is a passionate and dedicated educator who is committed to excellence and success, but what makes her even more special is her tremendous heart for kids. Carrie strives for and makes a positive impact and influence on her students.

Pictures of Liberty High School Unified students and teachers playing against local law enforcement officers at the LHS event, Hoopin’ with Heroes, a fun filled evening of basketball.
It was basketball for a great cause, and a lot of great people came together to make it a big success!
Liberty High School recently hosted Hoopin’ with Heroes, a fun filled evening of basketball featuring LHS Unified students and teachers playing against local law enforcement officers. All money that was raised during this event went to support Bedford Special Olympics and LHS Unified programs.

Picture of Goodview Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Holly Milton.
Goodview Elementary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Holly Milton!

Holly is definitely meant to be a teacher and she is right in her element when she shows up for the kids every day. She has made the preschool curriculum come alive in her classroom and she is always coming up with new ideas and activities to incorporate. She is a team player and is always willing to help others in any way possible. She goes out of her way to make new additions to the faculty and staff feel comfortable by always checking in on them, making sure they know where things are, and introducing them to their new colleagues. She is a gem and the students that get to have her as their teacher are so incredibly lucky.

Picture of Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Brian MacDougall.
Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Brian MacDougall!

Mr. Mac, as the students call him, is the face of Liberty Pride for LMS students. Brian comes to school each day with a smile on his face. He produces the morning announcements, is a huge asset with bus dismissal, and he demonstrates leadership qualities in his willingness to help out when any need arises. He is a great teacher and colleague. Brian forms strong relationships with staff and students, attends school events, and shows students that he supports them in every way. He takes on every day with a student-first approach and works tirelessly to meet students' academic and social needs. Mr. Mac makes school fun and he makes LMS a happy place for students and staff.   

Picture of Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Heidi Hackworth
Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Heidi Hackworth!

Heidi teaches 8th grade at FMS. She has spent her entire 16-year teaching career at FMS. Heidi has taught English in each of the three grade levels, as well as 6th grade history, math, and science. She has served in leadership roles as the grade level chair, and is presently the English Department Head and Gifted & Talented Coordinator. Heidi is a hard worker, an excellent team player, and always focuses on what is best for students.

Picture of Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Amanda Ergenbright.
Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Amanda Ergenbright!
Amanda makes a difference in student performance through her decision making, depth of knowledge, and wealth of strategic skills. She has demonstrated her knowledge of young children and their developmental abilities through her instruction, planning, and goal setting. Amanda is always positive, caring, and thoughtful when working with her students. The kids in her class adore her as their teacher. She creates a fun, engaging learning environment and makes her students feel loved. Amanda has been a dedicated teacher for many years. She also works well with colleagues, staff, and administration. Amanda is always willing to go above and beyond to help her co-workers.
Picture of Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Lori Parr!

Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Lori Parr!
This is Lori's tenth year teaching and her second year as a Kindergarten teacher at Montvale. She is energetic, organized, and keeps her students engaged. Lori is not only student-centered but also freely shares ideas and resources with her colleagues. Those that work with her call her a "natural-born teacher".  

Pictures of our students that were recognized at the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair as grand award winners. These students are Burke Bankston (Grand Physical) and Justin Kim (Grand Biological). Abby Wyatt will be our Grand Alternate for Biological Sciences.


We are so proud of all of our students who were recognized at the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair. BCPS students showed off their research knowledge, dedication, and skills at the regional fair, and many were awarded special and grand awards for their work. Two of our students will represent BCPS and our region virtually at the 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. These students are Burke Bankston (Grand Physical) and Justin Kim (Grand Biological). Abby Wyatt will be our Grand Alternate for Biological Sciences. We also had many of our students recognized as category winners including Anna Grohs, Cane Hornberger, Harris Ilyas, Sarah Lynn Loucks, Charlotte Maxwell, Ciara Nauful, Faith Peerman, Jacob Tiller, Micah Willis, and Maria Ziegler.  

Pictures of students and teachers participating in Huddleston Elementary School's first ever Hour of Code week.

Huddleston Elementary School recently had their first ever Hour of Code week. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade took part in plugged and unplugged coding activities, including robotics, board games, and more! Funding from a generous donation from Staunton Baptist Church, as well as the PTA County Council, helped them in moving forward towards providing challenging, grade appropriate coding and robotic resources for all classrooms. The students were not only learning about coding and robotics, but also how to solve problems, use critical thinking skills, persevere, and collaborate with their peers. We are very thankful for our awesome community partners for their ongoing support.  

Picture of our newest member of the School Board, Mr. Chris Daniels, who was sworn in on March 10, 2022, at the Bedford County Circuit Courtroom
We would like to welcome our newest member of the School Board, Mr. Chris Daniels, who was sworn in this morning at the Bedford County Circuit Courtroom. We look forward to working with you.

Pictures of students and staff in our schools throughout the county celebrating Read Across America Day in various ways including adults and students reading to younger students, others dressing as book characters.
March 2 was National Read Across America Day. The annual event was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help children get excited about reading. This year’s theme was Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. 

The titles and resources featured by NEA’s Read Across America include books that students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different from them.

Our schools throughout the county celebrated in various ways. The Staunton River High School National Honor Society traveled to all the Staunton River Zone elementary schools to read to students. Boonsboro, Moneta, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools had a book character dress-up day. Author Miranda Mittleman came to read to Big Island Elementary School students and gave K-2 students a signed copy of one of her books. Those are just a few of the exciting celebrations.  

Picture of the 4 Jefferson Forest High School students that were selected by virtual audition for All-State Band & Orchestra. Rachel Dees - 4th in the All-State Concert Band on Bassoon, Baylis Huckabay - 6th in the All-State Symphonic Band on Trombone, Brooke Li - 27th in the All-State Orchestra on Violin, Taylor Lowry - 10th in the All-State Concert Band on Trumpet.
4 Jefferson Forest High School students were selected by virtual audition for All-State Band & Orchestra. 

Rachel Dees - 4th in the All-State Concert Band on Bassoon
Baylis Huckabay - 6th in the All-State Symphonic Band on Trombone
Brooke Li - 27th in the All-State Orchestra on Violin
Taylor Lowry - 10th in the All-State Concert Band on Trumpet

All-State Band & Orchestra will convene April 21-23 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News for 2 days of intensive rehearsal with world-renowned conductors for a live concert performance on April 23.  

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Girls Indoor Track team who finished 2nd in the state in VHSL 4A. Additional pictures of the state champions and runners-up from the girls and boys indoor track teams.
What an awesome season for the Jefferson Forest High School Girls Indoor Track team! They finished 2nd in the state in VHSL 4A, while various members of the girls and boys teams were either crowned state champions or state runner-up. 

State Champions: Hannah Pettyjohn - Girls pole vault (Set a state meet record of 12'6")  Zoie Lamanna - Girls 1000 M Addison Hilton - Boys 300 M    

State Runner-up: Zoie Lamanna - Girls 1600 M

Picture of Jeni Levine, Staunton River High School Girls Basketball's VHSL Region 3D Player of the Year.
The journey isn't over yet, but the accolades are already starting to come in. Staunton River High School's Jeni Levine is the VHSL Girls Region 3D Player of the Year!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Matt Wirth who is the state runner-up in the 160 weight class in Virginia’s Region 4A Wrestling.
It takes an amazing amount of dedication and effort to make it all the way to a state championship match in any weight class, and that’s why today we celebrate Jefferson Forest High School’s Matt Wirth. Matt is the State Runner-Up in the 160 weight class in Virginia’s Region 4A. 

Congratulations Matt!

Picture of Marisa Parikh of Liberty High School who won 1st place in original oratory and Jaheim Leftwich of Staunton River High School who 1st place in prose at Forensics super regions.
Two of our own recently conquered their respective categories in Forensics! Marisa Parikh of Liberty High School and Jaheim
Leftwich of Staunton River High School won original oratory and prose at super regions and will represent their schools and BCPS at the state competition later this month.

Picture of two of the Jefferson Forest High School Girls indoor track team members who were region champions, and four of the boys region champions.
The Jefferson Forest High School Girls indoor track team is Region 4D Runner-up! 

Girls Region Champions: Zoie Lamanna - 1600 M & 1000 M Kandace McIver - 300 M  Hannah Pettyjohn - High Jump, Pole Vault, & Shot Put

Girls Region Runner-up: Kandace McIver - 55 M Hurdle

Boys Region Champions: Addison Hilton - 500 M  Landon Epperson, Joseph Whaley, Brian Averson, & Addison Hilton - 4 x 400 M  Jonah Packer, Andrew Johnson, Keegan Venable, & Jacob White - 4 x 900 M

Boys Region Runners-up: Brannon Adams - 1600 M  Mobu Nwakor - High Jump

Best of luck to everyone competing at states! Pictures of all the Susie Gibson Science & Technology Center students who placed in or won their competitions in the annual SkillsUSA competition.

It’s no secret we have one of the best career and technical education centers (CTE) anywhere, and our Susie Gibson Science & Technology Center students recently proved that again in the annual SkillsUSA competition! The following students placed in or won their competitions:

Taylor Weschke - 1st Carpentry Blake Shelton - 3rd Carpentry  William Wood - 1st Maintenance and Light Repair Caden Tanner - 3rd Automotive Service Technology Kendrick Anwar Jimenez-Cervantes - 1st Refinishing  Zachery Friess - 2nd Refinishing Nathaniel Denne - 2nd Collision Repair Jacob Bowden - 1st Electrical Alexis Buckland - 2nd Electrical Kyler Glidden - 3rd Electrical Anthony Uttley - 1st Building Maintenance (Post-Secondary) Aidan Wortmann - 1st Building Maintenance (Secondary) Timothy Nickols - 3rd Building Maintenance (Secondary)

Picture of the Staunton River High School Boys Indoor track team who is the 2022 Region 3D Team Runner-up.
The Staunton River High School Boys Indoor track team is the 2022 Region 3D Team Runner-up! 

Region Champions:
Alfred Finney, Malakhi Gregory, Spencer Kearns, and Kayden Ryder - 4 x 400 M Relay
Kayden Ryder - 500 M Run
Spencer Kearns - Pole Vault

Good luck at the Class 3A State Indoor Track Meet this week!

Picture of the four Jefferson Forest High School Boys swim team state champions: Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, and Ben Hiss.
The Jefferson Forest High School swimming program is a strong one, and they proved that once again this year in district, region, and state competition!

Brendan Whitfield was named Seminole District Swimmer of the Year while the boys team is region runner-up!

Region Champions:
Ben Hiss - 100 Breaststroke 

Brendan Whitfield - 50 Free & 100 Butterfly  

Region Runners-up:

Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Ryan Frasier - 200 Medley Relay 

Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Evan Shopbel - 400 Free Relay 

Jack Mills - 200 Individual Medley & 100 Butterfly

Max Schonfelder - 100 Breaststroke 

Evan Shopbell - 500 Free

State Champions:

Brendan Whitfield, Evan Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Evan Shopbel - 400 Free Relay 

State Runners-up:

Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Ben Hiss - 200 Medley Relay 

Brendan Whitfield - 40 Free & 100 Back 

Jack Mills - 200 Free 

Pictures of the Staunton River High School Forensics team's two first place regional placements, Cole Price - 1st place Impromptu and Jaheim Leftwich - 1st place Prose.

The Staunton River High School Forensics team had two first place regional placements!
Jaheim Leftwich - 1st place Prose
Cole Price - 1st place Impromptu

They will move on to the Super Region this weekend at Turner Ashby.

Pictures of SGSTC students from the Early Childhood/Teachers for Tomorrow, Building Construction, LPN, and Cosmetology programs visiting with students at Stewartsville Elementary School. Includes pictures of SGSTC students from Building Construction visiting Forest Middle School.
It is never too early to begin learning about the awesome programs offered at Susie Gibson Science and Technology Center (SGSTC)!

We are proud of our SGSTC students from the Early Childhood/Teachers for Tomorrow, Building Construction, LPN, and Cosmetology programs for taking time to visit with students at Stewartsville Elementary to show them the ropes. 

Building Construction seniors also paid a visit to students at Forest Middle School to share their experiences and knowledge.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen. She is the Region 3C Indoor Track Pole Vault Champion!
Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen. She is the Region 3C Indoor Track Pole Vault Champion!

Pictures of the first kick off meeting of our new recycling program where many of the schools' elected “staff champions" were present to hear from Bedford County Solid Waste on the recycling process and share ideas for ways to build recycling programs in our schools.
We are excited to implement a new recycling program at 9 of our largest schools. Each of these schools now has a recycling container on campus for corrugated cardboard, loose mixed paper, and bagged aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. Last week was the first kick off meeting where many of the schools' elected “staff champions" who were present to hear from Bedford County Solid Waste on the recycling process and share ideas for ways to build recycling programs in our schools. We are excited that our students will be directly involved and will be able to learn more about the entire process!
Pictures of the Staunton River High School wrestling team state champions - Colin Martin in the 106 weight class and Noah Nininger in the 113 weight class. Also pictured are Logan Arnold in the 145 weight class and Josh Kelly in the 170 weight class who both were state runners-up.

Congratulations to the Staunton River High School wrestling team for their 3rd place finish at the Group 3A State Championship. The Golden Eagles had 2 state champions in Colin Martin in the 106 weight class and Noah Nininger in the 113 weight class. Logan Arnold in the 145 weight class and Josh Kelly in the 170 weight class both were state runners-up.  Way to go Golden Eagles!  

Picture of the Staunton River High School Girl’s Basketball team who finished the season as undefeated, Blue Ridge District and Tournament Champs! Another picture shows Coach Kim Jones who was named Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year, and Jeni Levine who was named Blue Ridge District Player of the Year!

SRHS History!!!
Your Golden Eagle Girls Basketball team has finished the regular season with a school record 21-0 season. They finish the season as the undefeated, Blue Ridge District champs!
They recently improved to 23-0 by taking care of Lord Botetourt to become district tournament champs, and tonight begin region tournament play by taking on Northside at home!
In addition, Coach Kim Jones was named Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year, and Jeni Levine was named Blue Ridge District Player of the Year!

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh! Marisa was recently crowned the VHSL Region 3C Forensics Champion in the category of Original Oratory.

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh! Marisa was recently crowned the VHSL Region 3C Forensics Champion in the category of Original Oratory.

Picture of the three Bedford County students including Tayden Rhodes from Boonsboro Elementary School, Eli Stevens from Liberty Middle School, and Kinslie Winterfeldt from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School who won at the State Elks Hoop Shoot in Waynesboro.

A big congratulations to our three Bedford County students who advanced to the State Elks Hoop Shoot in Waynesboro last weekend as all three won! This includes Tayden Rhodes from Boonsboro Elementary School, Eli Stevens from Liberty Middle School, and Kinslie Winterfeldt from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. They will advance to the Regional Hoop Shoot on Saturday, March 12 in Frederick, Maryland.

Pictures of JROTC Cadets from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center competing in the annual Raider Challenge at the National D-Day Memorial.
On Saturday, February 12
th, ten Virginia and one North Carolina schools brought a total of 18 teams of JROTC Cadets to compete in the annual Raider Challenge at the National D-Day Memorial. The meet consisted of six events that tested the mental and physical fitness as well as the problem solving and teamwork abilities of the more than 150 Cadets that participated. The Bedford Cadets planned and prepared to host the competition for several weeks, which provided opportunities for them to learn and practice organizational and leadership skills; integral parts of the JROTC mission!
Picture of a teenage girl in position to run on an indoor track and a coach holding a stopwatch stating that Jefferson Forest High School’s girls indoor track team won the Seminole District Championship, the boys Coach Ryan Marano is the Seminole District Coach of the Year, and the boys track team was runner-up.

Jefferson Forest High School’s girls indoor track team won the Seminole District Championship again! They won by 20 points over Heritage.   
Boys Coach Ryan Marano is the Seminole District Coach of the Year! 
The boys track team finished 2nd in the Seminole to Heritage.   
District Champions: 
Boys - Brannon Adams - 1000 M 
Boys - Brian Aveson, Landon Epperson, Addison Hilton, & Joe Whaley - 4 x 400 M Relay
Boys - Alex Jordan - 1600 M 
Boys - Andrew Johnson, Jonah Packer, Keagan Venable, & Jake White -  4 x 800 M Relay
Girls - Zoie Lamanna - 1000 M 
Girls - Kandace McIvor - 500 M & 55 M Hurdles  
Girls - Hannah Pettyjohn - Pole Vault & Girls High Jump 
Good luck to the teams this weekend at the region tournament!

Picture of the SRHS Golden Eagle Wrestling Team who brought home the school's first ever Region 3D Team Title, and Coach Scott Fike who was awarded the Region 3D Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to Staunton River High School's Golden Eagle Wrestling Team as they bring home the school's first ever Region 3D Team Title!

Led by multiple individual titles and top placers, the Golden Eagle Wrestling team finished with 244 total points. Coach Scott Fike was also awarded the Region 3D Coach of the Year! They will send a school record 10 wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend at the Salem Civic Center.
Logan Arnold (145) - 1st place
Josh Kelly (170) - 1st place
Colin Martin (106) - 1st place
Noah Nininger (113) - 1st place
Brady Barnes (152) - 2nd place
Peyton Hatcher (132) - 2nd place

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School wrestling team who had 2 runner-up wrestlers and 3 champions recently at the Region 4D tournament in Orange County.

Jefferson Forest High School had 2 runner-up wrestlers and 3 champions recently at the Region 4D tournament in Orange County. All nine wrestlers placed in the top 3 and qualified for the VHSL Class 4 State tournament February 18 & 19 in Virginia Beach! 
Congratulations to:
CJ Cambeis (138) - Region Champ
Jake Lee (Heavyweight) - Region Champ
Matt Wirth (160) - Region Champ
Floyd Wells (170) - Region Runner-up
Luke Wirth (126) - Region Runner-up

Picture of Staunton River High School Indoor Track team who are the 2022 Blue Ridge District Boys Indoor Champions!

Congratulations to the Staunton River High School 2022 Blue Ridge District Boys Indoor Champions!
Below is a list of everyone who finished first at the Blue Ridge District Indoor Meet. They will run at Roanoke College this weekend for the Region 3D Indoor Meet.
Bryce Cook - Pole Vault 
Alfred Finney - 300 M Dash
Alfred Finney, Malakhi Gregory, Spencer Kearns, & Kayden Ryder - 4 X 400 M Relay
Alexis Ice & Spencer Kearns - 1000 M Run
Alexis Ice & Sam Weddle - 1600 M Run  
Kayden Ryder - 500 M Run
Sam Weddle - 3200 M Run       Pictures of BCPS Spelling Bee winners for our elementary and middle schools that came together for the annual Bedford County Spelling Bee. Also includes pictures of the 2022 BCPS Spelling Bee Champion, Forest Middle School's Graham Woodruff, and runner-up, Forest Elementary School's Nifemi Adetona.

It was a battle of the champions Friday morning at Liberty High School! Spelling bee winners from our elementary and middle schools came together for the annual Bedford County Spelling Bee. 

Huge congratulations to Forest Middle School's Graham Woodruff, as he edged-out Forest Elementary School's Nifemi Adetona for the honor of 2022 BCPS Spelling Bee Champion. Dr. Bergin was in attendance and enjoyed speaking with the contestants, while also demonstrating how tall Graham is while just in middle school!

Graham will now move on to regional competition, and we'll be rooting for him to wind-up at the national finals in Washington D.C. later this year.

Good luck Graham and congratulations to all of our individual school winners!

Pictures of students dressed as historical figures during the 2022 Staunton River Middle School 6th Grade Living Museum
The 2022 Staunton River Middle School 6th Grade Living Museum was a success! 6th Grade teachers flipped the gym into a Living Museum for students and families to experience. Students researched historical figures of choice, dressed the part, and turned into their historical figures for the day.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Prentiss Lamont Patrick-Carter who was awarded the Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award for $20,000.
The Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award has been bestowed upon Jefferson Forest High School’s Prentiss Lamont Patrick-Carter. Only 11 of these $20,000 scholarships are given in the state of Virginia, one for each congressional district. We are extremely proud of Prentiss!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's boys and girls swim teams, both of which were recently crowned Seminole district champions.
It doesn’t matter which swim team you run into at Jefferson Forest High School. They are both outstanding! Congratulations to the boys and girls teams, as both were recently crowned Seminole district champions.

Picture of the Staunton River High School Boys and Girls Swim team Coach Seth Chalflinch being voted the Boys Coach of the Year, Landon Grisso the Boys Swimmer of the Year, and Faith Sprinkle the Girls Swimmer of the Year!
The Staunton River High School Boys and Girls Swim teams recently competed in the Blue Ridge District Championship with Coach Seth Chalflinch being voted the Boys Coach of the Year, Landon Grisso the Boys Swimmer of the Year, and Faith Sprinkle the Girls Swimmer of the Year!
Regional competition was held and we are proud to announce that sophomore Luke Grisso qualified for state swim competition in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke.

Picture of Staunton River High School senior Jeni Levine for reaching the 1,000 career points scored mark earlier this season while leading the Golden Eagles to a win over William Fleming.
Congrats to Staunton River High School senior Jeni Levine for reaching the 1,000 career points scored mark earlier this season while leading the Golden Eagles to a win over William Fleming. The team remains undefeated this year under coach Kim Jones, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

Picture of two Jefferson Forest High School students' artwork that won awards at the 2022 Scholastic Art U.S. Region-at-large East competition: Senior Alyssa Nazigian won a Silver Key in the Ceramics and Glass category while fellow JFHS senior Hannah Wright won a Gold Key in the Photography category.
Two Jefferson Forest High School students won awards at the 2022 Scholastic Art U.S. Region-at-large East competition: 

Senior Alyssa Nazigian won a Silver Key in the Ceramics and Glass category while fellow JFHS senior Hannah Wright won a Gold Key in the Photography category. 
Gold Key winning artwork has now moved on to the National competition in New York City, where it will compete for Gold and Silver Medals, including other special achievement awards and scholarships. 
Congratulations Alyssa and Hannah, and good luck Hannah at the National competition!

Pictures of the cast and crew of Jefferson Forest High School’s one act version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors that was named VHSL Class 4 State Champions.
Jefferson Forest High School’s one act version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors was named VHSL Class 4 State Champions. This is JF's third state championship in a row. Prentiss Patrick-Carter, Sky Evans, Sara Lynn Loucks, and Micah Willis swept the Outstanding Actor recognition, which has never happened before.

Picture of three board members Hill, Holbrook, & Nelms being sworn it at the Bedford County Circuit Court.
A familiar face was sworn-in for a second term on the School Board, while two new individuals took their oaths of office at the Bedford County Circuit Courtroom. 

Judge James Updike administered oaths to Mr. Marcus Hill (District 4), Mr. Matthew Holbrook (District 2), and Mr. Dwayne Nelms (District 3). 

Many other elected officials and county administrators, including Dr. Bergin, were able to attend this morning’s ceremony.

We look forward to our new School Board members beginning their terms in 2022!

Picture of Liberty High School’s Jeanne Willis who was named one of the Regional Outstanding Economic Educators by the Virginia Council on Economic Education!

Liberty High School’s Jeanne Willis has been named
one of the Regional Outstanding Economic Educators by the Virginia Council on Economic Education!

This award honors innovative and engaging approaches to teaching entrepreneurship, economics, or personal finance at the K-12 level.

Picture of Big Island Elementary School sign for their recognition as one of only two schools in all of Virginia to be designated as a National ESEA Distinguished School for the 2021-2022 school year. ESEA is the abbreviation for the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The school was selected for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years.
We are so very proud of Big Island Elementary School!
BIES is one of only two schools in all of Virginia to be designated as a National ESEA Distinguished School for the 2021-2022 school year. ESEA is the abbreviation for the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The school was selected for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years.
It's a huge honor, and BIES staff will be recognized during the 2022 National ESEA Conference, February 16-19, 2022, in New Orleans.
Way to go Bulldogs!!!

Picture of Staunton River High School’s Head Football Coach Shaun Leonard who was named the Coach of the Year for the Blue Ridge District this season.
Staunton River High School’s Head Football Coach Shaun Leonard was named the Coach of the Year for the Blue Ridge District this season. Coach Leonard has led his staff and student-athletes through a challenging time, finishing the season with a 4-6 record, making the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. When asked about the honor, Coach Leonard was quick to acknowledge his assistant coaches and student-athletes who have worked hard over the last three years to get to this point. The team had 5 All Blue Ridge District award recipients as well as 2 All-Region 3D selections.

Picture of plants and the moon representing Forest Middle School being selected for the Plant the Moon Challenge.
AWESOME OPPORTUNITY ALERT

Forest Middle School has been selected for the Plant the Moon Challenge!!!

The Plant the Moon Challenge is a global science experiment, learning activity, and inspirational project-based-learning challenge to see who can grow the best crops using lunar regolith simulant.

Participants in the Plant the Moon Challenge examine how vegetable crops can grow in lunar or Martian soil. Each team will receive real soil simulant from the University of Central Florida’s CLASS Exolith Lab. They will design and conduct a set of experiments using this simulant to grow crops for a future long-duration mission.

After a 10-week growing period, you will submit final project reports and join the global network of researchers helping to expand our space exploration capabilities.

FMS will submit a report detailing their experiment setup, parameters, and results to help NASA scientists understand how to use lunar soil to provide nutritious crops for future missions to the Moon!

All participants with completed projects will be invited to showcase their work at a virtual symposium with NASA scientists, program executives, and other dignitaries, where Best-in-Show awards will be presented to teams with the best experiments in a variety of categories.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Cavalier Theatre who were named VHSL Region 4D Champions for The Comedy of Errors!
Jefferson Forest High School’s Cavalier Theatre was named VHSL Region 4D Champions for The Comedy of Errors! Sky Evans received Outstanding Actor recognition, and Sara Lynn Loucks and Paul Reid were Honorable Mentions. They will be competing at the State Championships at Monticello High School on December 11th.

Picture of Staunton River High School Theatre’s One-Act cast and crew who took 2nd Place at the Region 3D Theatre Festival at Christiansburg High School!
Repeating our posts? No way…Congratulations are once again in order for Staunton River High School Theatre’s One-Act cast and crew who took 2nd Place at the Region 3D Theatre Festival at Christiansburg High School!
Layla Crutchfield was also honored with the Outstanding Actor Award!

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Marching Band who won the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Group 3 State Championship.
Group 3 State Champions!
Huge congratulations to the Jefferson Forest High School Marching Band who won the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Group 3 State Championship. They won caption awards for Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Percussion. JF also finished 5th overall in State Championship.

Picture of Cavalier Theatre students who were recently crowned VHSL Section 4D2 Champions with their “The Comedy of Errors” production.

Cavalier Theatre was recently crowned VHSL Section 4D2 Champions with their “The Comedy of Errors” production.

Sky Evans received Outstanding Actor recognition, while Prentiss Patrick-Carter and Paul Reid received honorable mentions. 

Picture of Staunton River High School’s One Act Theatre cast and crew who recently finished 2nd at the Region 3D2 sub region competition.
Staunton River High School’s One Act Theatre cast and crew recently finished 2nd at the Region 3D2 sub region competition. Laila Crutchfield was honored as Outstanding Actor while Madison Crow received Honorable Mention. 

Pictures of students from the 94th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention in Indianapolis where the Liberty FFA Livestock Team consisting of current Liberty High School students Maegan Cash and Makenna Garrett, as well as graduates Charlie Moser and Kevin Painchaud, was awarded a Silver Rating in the National Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). Also a picture of State President Charlie Moser being awarded the 6th High Individual in the Nation.
The 94th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention is underway in Indianapolis and the Liberty FFA Livestock Team consisting of current Liberty High School students Maegan Cash and Makenna Garrett, as well as graduates Charlie Moser and Kevin Painchaud, was awarded a Silver Rating in the National Livestock Evaluation
Career Development Event (CDE).

State President Charlie Moser was awarded the 6th High Individual in the Nation.

Congratulations to all!

Pictures of presenters at Montvale Elementary School's career day including parents, community members, and students and teachers from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center.
Montvale Elementary School recently invited dozens of parents, community members, and students and teachers from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center for their annual career day. Students learned about several careers from various industries including automotive, culinary, transportation, military, infrastructure, construction, nuclear energy, and early education. Presenters discussed their work responsibilities, how they stay safe on the job, the skills needed to be successful in the workplace, and what kind of training and education they completed. The students were also able to see and experience various tools and vehicles including a fire truck and a crane!

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Competition Cheer Team who finished second at the regional level,

They began their season a month late, but they never gave up, and now a trip to state competition is their reward for all the hard work and determination. The Jefferson Forest High School Competition Cheer Team recently finished second at the regional level, and now advance to the state tournament November 6th at Virginia Commonwealth University!

Picture that looks like a magazine stating Jefferson Forest Cross Country participated in the Seminole District Championships and brought home 1st place in both boys and girls with dominating performances. The girls took seven of the top ten spots and the defending state champion boys team took six of the top ten positions. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year. The teams will participate in regionals on November 2, 2021, at Panorama Farms.
Picture that looks like inside page of magazine with pictures of Jefferson Forest Cross Country participants in the Seminole District Championships who brought home 1st place in both boys and girls. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year.
You know you have a special program when both your boys and girls teams win district championships!
That is the case this year at Jefferson Forest High School. Jefferson Forest Cross Country participated in the Seminole District Championships and brought home 1st place in both boys and girls with dominating performances. The girls took seven of the top ten spots and the defending state champion boys team took six of the top ten positions. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year. The teams will participate in regionals on November 2, 2021, at Panorama Farms.

Pictures of students during school-wide themes to promote kindness including “Never Too Old for Kindness” with students dressing like they were 100 years old, “Twice as Kind” with students twinning with another classmate, “Kindness Ties Us Together” with students wearing ties, and “Community Kindness Heroes Day” with students dressing like our community essential worker heroes!
It is never too early to begin instilling kindness as an important virtue, and Huddleston Elementary School has been going above and beyond in this area. There have been school-wide themes to promote kindness including “Never Too Old for Kindness” with students dressing like they were 100 years old, “Twice as Kind” with students twinning with another classmate, “Kindness Ties Us Together” with students wearing ties, and “Community Kindness Heroes Day” with students dressing like our community essential worker heroes!

Picture of Rushie May Bradford Woolridge who has served as a school crossing guard in Bedford for the past 50 years.
One of our finest is celebrating an amazing milestone this year. Rushie May Bradford Woolridge has served as a school crossing guard in Bedford for the past 50 years. She began this role for us in 1971, and today assists grandchildren of those she first helped get across the street back then.

Thank you, Rushie, for your amazing dedication and service!

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Picture of Bedford County Public School’s Teacher of the Year, and now Virginia’s Region 5 Teacher of the Year, Liberty High School’s Matthew Uselton.

We are honored and so very proud to have one of only 8 finalists for Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Bedford County Public School’s Teacher of the Year, and now Virginia’s Region 5 Teacher of the Year, Liberty High School’s Matthew Uselton.

Click here for video presentation of Region 5 Teacher of the Year.


Picture saying Congrats to Jefferson Forest High School and Staunton River High School’s Yearbook Staffs! Both schools placed in the VHSL Multi-Media State Championships. This took place using their 2021 yearbooks.
Congrats to Jefferson Forest High School and Staunton River High School’s Yearbook Staffs!
Both schools placed in the VHSL Multi-Media State Championships. This took place using their 2021 yearbooks.

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Picture of some students in the Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers who took 1st Place in Class AAAA.

Picture of some students in the Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers who took 1st Place in Class AAAA.

The Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers took 1st Place in Class AAAA, with 1st Place in all captions (Music, Visual, General Effect, Percussion, and Colorguard), and were named Grand Champion for highest score regardless of size classification at the 47th Annual Lynchburg Classic Marching Band Competition.  

Picture of Liberty High School’s Cheerleading Coach, Katrina Caesar, who was named the Seminole District Competition Cheer Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Cheerleading Coach, Katrina Caesar, for being named the Seminole District Competition Cheer Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to both Liberty High School and Staunton River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA)!!!
Picture number 1 of Liberty FFA Senior and Junior Forestry Teams won the HUB Federation Forestry Contest.

Picture number 2 of Liberty FFA Senior and Junior Forestry Teams won the HUB Federation Forestry Contest.

Liberty FFA Senior and Junior Forestry Teams won the HUB Federation Forestry Contest.

Picture of Smith Mountain FFA Forestry Team also competed at the Federation Contest. Kelcey Weston placed 1st individually and Sarah Tuck placed 5th individually, with the team placing 2nd overall.

Smith Mountain FFA Forestry Team also competed at the Federation Contest. Kelcey Weston placed 1st individually and Sarah Tuck placed 5th individually, with the team placing 2nd overall.

Pictures of students in Bedford County 4-H (Emma Jackson, SRHS; Makenna Garrett, LHS; and Kevin Painchaud, LHS graduate who represented VA at the Aksarben Contest in Nebraska.
Congratulations
to these students who represented VA at the Aksarben Contest in Nebraska! Staunton River High School’s Emma Jackson was second high individual in Reasons. Great job Emma Jackson, Makenna Garrett (Liberty High School), and Kevin Painchaud (Liberty High School graduate) of Bedford County 4-H coached by Joy Powers.

Picture of Staunton River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) members who competed at the Virginia State Fair in the Jr. Dairyman’s Contest.
Staunton River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) members competed at the Virginia State Fair in the Jr. Dairyman’s Contest. They identified equipment, feeds, and dairy products, along with judging a class of cows & heifers. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Pictures of Kyle Petty and the Charity Ride that ended at the D-Day Memorial.
Fifth graders at Bedford Elementary School raised $330 for Victory Junction Camp developed by the Kyle Petty Organization. The students also wrote cards and letters for students at the camp. The donation will help to fund students with disabilities so that they can attend camp. The pictures are of Kyle Petty and the Charity Ride that ended at the D-Day Memorial.

Picture of USA Wrestling Magazine and World of Wrestling 23rd Annual World All Start Team including Staunton River High School Freshman, Noah Nininger.
Congrats to Staunton River High School Freshman, Noah Nininger on being selected to the USA Wrestling Magazine and World of Wrestling 23rd Annual World All Start Team. This is an elite group comprised of five age groups and 72 weight classes throughout the country!

Picture of Seniors in Culinary Arts at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center that shows off their baking skills.
Seniors in Culinary Arts at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center have been showing off their baking skills. Here is a little taste of their hard work!

Picture of Bedford JROTC that participated in opening the First Responders Lunch held at Bedford Elks Lodge led by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Matthew C. Payne and retired First Sergeant (Retired) Leonard Hutton.

Bedford JROTC participated in opening the First Responders Lunch held at Bedford Elks Lodge. The Day was honored with the local JROTC who presented the flag to start this event. First Sergeant (Retired) Leonard Hutton opened the event by singing the National Anthem and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The JROTC teaches cadets communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills. These are just a few of the skills used every day in one’s life. It also teaches cadets how to find success in life; not give them success but how to achieve it. These young cadets are led by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Matthew C. Payne and retired First Sergeant (Retired) Leonard Hutton.

Picture of Nikaya Smith and Matthew Uselton, English Teachers at Liberty High School, who presented at the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) Virtual Live Streaming English SOL Conference
Nikaya Smith and Matthew Uselton, English Teachers at Liberty High School, presented at the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) Virtual Live Streaming English SOL Conference on Wednesday, August 18th. Of the five presentations accepted from across the entire Commonwealth, the presentation on authentic assignments offered by Nikaya and Matthew was the only one hosted by two teachers. Every other presentation was delivered by teams of division level leaders. Congratulations Nikaya and Matthew!

Picture of our students that were recognized at the August 8, 2021 school board meeting for their recent accomplishments!  Our TWO FFA state officers - Staunton River High School's Emma Jackson (Secretary) and Liberty High School's Charlie Moser (President)!  Liberty High School - State Champion Livestock Judging Team!  Jefferson Forest High School Soccer team - Class 4 State Runner-up!

We want to say another BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our students that were recognized at last night’s school board meeting for their recent accomplishments!
Our TWO FFA state officers - Staunton River High School's Emma Jackson (Secretary) and Liberty High School's Charlie Moser (President).
Liberty High School - State Champion Livestock Judging Team.
Jefferson Forest High School Soccer team - Class 4 State Runner-up.

Picture of Noah Nininger and Colin Martin who gained All American Status. Noah Finished 5th in the country in Greco and Colin finished 8th in the country in Greco.
Picture of Noah Nininger and Colin Martin who gained All American Status. Noah Finished 5th in the country in Greco and Colin finished 8th in the country in Greco.

Congratulations Staunton River Wrestling's Noah Nininger and Colin Martin on gaining All American Status. Noah Finished 5th in the country in Greco and Colin finished 8th in the country in Greco. Huge accomplishment to call yourself one of the top 8 best wrestlers in the country!

Picture of Liberty FFA Livestock Judging Team who won the Virginia FFA State Contest
Congratulations Liberty FFA Livestock Judging Team for winning the Virginia FFA State Contest!

 Picture of Liberty High School graduates announced as 2021 scholarship and grant recipients by The Trustees of the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg! The Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship has been awarded to Kevin Painchaud.  The Craig Cousins Merit Grants were awarded to Kevin Ilozor and Ella Schmehl.
Liberty High School graduates announced as 2021 scholarship and grant recipients by
The Trustees of the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg!
The Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship has been awarded to Kevin Painchaud. This scholarship is named in honor of Colonel Joseph Brown, who initially borrowed $250 from the E&B Fund to attend the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Beyond repaying his loan, Colonel Brown was a benefactor of the E&B Fund. Kevin will be attending Virginia Tech this fall to study Horticulture Sciences.
There were four Craig Cousins Merit Grants awarded this year, two of which went to Liberty High School students Kevin Ilozor and Ella Schmehl. The Craig Cousins Merit Grants are awarded to individuals who are active and in leadership positions in civic and community service clubs at high schools where the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg sponsors Key Clubs. Kevin will be attending Liberty University where he intends to study Integrated Communications. Ella will be attending the University of Mary Washington to pursue studies in Psychology and Education.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Harlee Martin (Staunton River High School) and Shyenne Haynes (Liberty High School) for their accomplishments at the Educators Rising National Conference. Harlee was awarded as the National Champion in CTE Lesson Planning and Delivery. Shyenne was awarded as one of the Top 10 in STEM Lesson Planning and Delivery.
Congratulations to Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Harlee Martin (Staunton River High School) and Shyenne Haynes (Liberty High School) for their accomplishments at the Educators Rising National Conference. Harlee was awarded as the National Champion in CTE Lesson Planning and Delivery. Shyenne was awarded as one of the Top 10 in STEM Lesson Planning and Delivery.

It is Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s first time having a National Champion in their Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Education programs! Congratulations to both students as well as their instructor, Libby Wendland, for the countless hours of preparation.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Charlie Moser president and Staunton River High School’s Emma Jackson, secretary who were elected to serve as officers on the 2021-2022 Virginia Future Farmers of America State Office
Bedford County Public Schools is excited to announce that for the first time in history, the division will have two students serving as officers on the 2021-2022 Virginia Future Farmers of America State Office. Liberty High School’s Charlie Moser is only the second president in Bedford County history (Ethan Jackson, Staunton River High School), while Staunton River High School’s Emma Jackson was elected to serve as secretary.
Picture of Dr. Bergin and FFA members at the State FFA Convention gathering lo celebrate these outstanding students.
Dr. Bergin stopped by the State FFA Convention gathering last night to celebrate these outstanding students.
Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Bedford Army Junior ROTC program who conducted JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge or JCLC.

The Bedford Army Junior ROTC program conducted JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge or JCLC as it is commonly known from the 7th through the 10th of June. First Sergeant Hutton and Lieutenant Colonel Payne of the Bedford Army JROTC program, based at Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center, conducted an educational, challenging, and fun week with fifteen select Cadets from this year’s program. Cadets visited the Bedford Boys Tribute Center, toured the Bedford Museum, hiked up Sharp Top, learned land navigation skills, conducted team and confidence building challenges at the YMCA, toured the D-Day Memorial, constructed and launched model rockets as a STEM project. Throughout the week Cadets improved their leadership skills, built unit cohesion, connected with their past and community, and had a whole lot of fun.
Click here to check out the news article.

PIcture of Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen finished 5th in the VHSL Class 3 State Championships.
Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen finished 5th in the VHSL Class 3 State Championships.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Crishaun Cunningham and Jordan Steele finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the VHSL Class 3 State Outdoor Track Championships in the 100 meter dash. Crishaun ran a 10.98 and Jordan ran a 11.11.
Liberty High School’s Crishaun Cunningham and Jordan Steele finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the VHSL Class 3 State Outdoor Track Championships in the 100 meter dash. Crishaun ran a 10.98 and Jordan ran a 11.11.

Picture of JFHS State Champion, Hannah Pettyjohn (won the Class 4 Pole Vault with a vault of 12'4").

Jefferson Forest High School's State Champion, Hannah Pettyjohn (won the Class 4 Pole Vault with a vault of 12'4")

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's State Champion, Addison Hilton (won the 400 with a time of 49.32).
Jefferson Forest High School's State Champion, Addison Hilton (won the 400 with a time of 49.32).

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's Girls Track & Field - 2nd place in the state championship.
Jefferson Forest High School's Girls Track & Field - 2nd place and Boys Track & Field’s Brannon Adams ran a 9:30 in the 3200, placing 4th.


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.

Picture that says Liberty High School Minutemen from news link below for LHS Signing Day
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.

Picture of Staunton River High School logo
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.
Click here for news article on Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center recognized for her impact on students and the community.

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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