VBCPS staff prepare to fly with Blue Angels

Brad Ward and Bevin Reinen are preparing for the flight of their lives.

When the Blue Angels visit Virginia Beach for the NAS Oceana Air Show Sept. 9-11, the two VBCPS employees will take backseat rides in F/A 18 Hornets as part of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps flight demonstration squadron’s guest flight program. They are two of three guest riders selected.

Ward, teacher at Rosemont Forest Elementary School, and Reinen, professional learning specialist in the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation, visited NAS Oceana Aug. 30 for an orientation and preview of the flying experience. Each shared photos and expressed excitement on their Twitter accounts.


Reinen said later of the visit, “I was not only amazed by the power and complexity of the F/A-18, but was so impressed by the knowledge, skills, and expertise of the pilots who fly these impressive aircrafts as well.”

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Ward and Reinen are also excited for the division’s fifth-grade students to experience a special Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab Day at the Air Show Sept. 9.

“It’s incredibly exciting that our school division will be partnering with the NAS Oceana Air Show next Friday,” said Reinen. “Students learn best through experience, and this event will offer hands-on, authentic, real-world learning for our fifth graders that fuses science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I can’t even begin to imagine a better way to launch the 2016-2017 school year!”

Ward and Reinen served as the school division’s Citywide Teacher of the Year in 2016 and 2015 respectively. The 2014 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year Carrie Gantt and VBCPS Japanese teacher Sanae Kenner were Blue Angels guest riders at last year’s NAS Oceana Air Show.

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