Bevin Reinen, a first-grade and special education inclusion teacher at Three Oaks Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. VBCPS Superintendent Sheila Magula made the announcement this morning during a surprise visit to Reinen’s classroom.
“Bevin Reinen is the child whisperer,” Three Oaks principal Lisa Hannah wrote in her nomination of Reinen. “She understands and speaks the language of children and she makes a difference with her students, staff and parents.”
According to Hannah, Reinen goes above and beyond to work with her students and research the best practices available to help develop them as learners. She serves as an after-school tutor for students performing below grade level expectations and is working to achieve National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. Reinen also founded TeachTrainLove.com, an educational website that focuses on the academic, social and emotional growth of early childhood learners.
“I knew what a wonderful teacher Mrs. Reinen was from working with her, and I was thrilled when I found out my daughter would be able to spend her first-grade year with her,” Rebecca Howell, a fellow Three Oaks teacher and parent, wrote in her nomination letter. “Her interactive and reflective classroom is the result of the time and research she puts into her teaching practices and the effort she puts into knowing the social and academic needs of her students.”
Reinen holds her bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington College and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University. She has been teaching for nine years, eight of which have been with VBCPS.
Reinen was selected as the 2015 Citywide Teacher of the Year from an initial pool of all 87 teachers of the year. Earlier this year, she was named one of 10 semi-finalists who received classroom visits from the Teacher of the Year selection committee. Five finalists – including Reinen – were then interviewed to determine the citywide winner. Congratulations also go out to the other four finalists: Dorothy “Dee” Baker, Plaza Middle School; Jamie D. Carpenter, Princess Anne High School; Kenneth L. Magee II, North Landing Elementary School; and Laura E. Silverman, Rosemont Elementary School.
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