On Tuesday, May 2, Goochland County Public Schools held its first “Night of Excellence” at the Goochland High cafeteria to recognize 2017 retirees, Teacher of the Year, and for the first time, the Employee and Team of the Year. The Night of Excellence featured food prepared and served by Goochland High Culinary Arts students and GCPS Food Service, and music was provided by the Goochland High School Jazz Ensemble.
The Goochland Education Foundation joined Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley in presenting awards to all of the evening’s distinguished recipients:
- Mr. Neil Burch, Goochland High Teacher of the Year
- Mrs. Jennifer Gates, Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year
- Ms. Katie Gill, Goochland Middle Teacher of the Year
- Mrs. Sarah Smith, Goochland Elementary Teacher of the Year
- Mrs. Rachel Wiggins, Byrd Elementary Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Jennifer Gates, 4th grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School, was selected as the Goochland County Public Schools 2017 Teacher of the Year.
The GCPS Employee of the Year is Randolph Elementary Custodian Ms. Nikki Harris. The GCPS Team of the Year is the Preschool Team, which includes the ECSE and Head Start staff, located at Goochland Elementary.
Goochland Public Schools retirees Mr. John Dacey, GHS teacher; Mr. Forrest Henley, Transportation; Mrs. Martha Wunsh, BES nurse; Ms. Delores Johnson, Custodian; and Mrs. Alva Allen, Secretary account for 130 years of experience in public education, with 125 of those years in Goochland County Public Schools.