McDowell selected as state finalist for national math and science teaching award

Dianna McDowell, an eighth-grade science teacher at Old Donation School, is one of seven teachers selected as Virginia finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program was established by the White House in 1983 and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of Read More…

Schools and offices welcome new administrators

Staff, students and families will see some new faces in schools and central office this school year. The following employees are in new roles this week pursuant to administrative appointments and administrative reassignments effective July 1. Adult Learning Center Randi Riesbeck, director Bayside Elementary School Ashley Godfrey, assistant principal Bayside Middle School Joel Guldenschuh, dean of Read More…

Cingel selected as ASCD 2017 Emerging Leader

Ana Cingel, secondary science coordinator in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is among 46 education professionals selected by ASCD for its 2017 class of Emerging Leaders. According to an ASCD news release, “the Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice on both the local and national Read More…

Students and staff bring home Educators Rising national awards

Educators and students gathered from across the nation to celebrate the teaching profession at the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference in Phoenix June 23-26. The organization, formerly known as the Future Educators Association, aims to cultivate “highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and Read More…

Custodians recognized for outstanding service and work performance

At the division’s Custodial Appreciation Day event June 20, the Office of Custodial Services recognized various individuals and teams for their outstanding work. The following eight custodians received awards for their decades of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools: Edward Askew, 41 years Jacqueline Cornick, 39 years Kenneth Cornick, 39 years Ronnie Ferebee, 39 Read More…

Sustainable School Recognition Award recipients announced

The Office of Facilities Planning and Construction recently announced that 55 schools have earned the division’s 2016-2017 Sustainable School Recognition Award. The award recognizes schools that are taking an active role in promoting sustainability initiatives and helping increase student understanding of the balance between social, economic and environmental factors to achieve sustainability. To be considered Read More…

Celebrating VBCPS retirees

Christopher Farms Elementary School’s (CFES) marquee bid a fond farewell to students and staff for the summer months. For CFES art teacher Sheila Escajeda, the end of this school year marks a new beginning indeed. She is retiring after 40 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). “I’ve been in school since I Read More…