GHS Students Take Part in Distinguished Summer Learning Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 17, 2017

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  |  (804) 332 0965  |  @glndschools

Goochland Students Take Part in Distinguished Summer Learning Programs in Virginia and Beyond

Goochland County Public Schools provides many opportunities and programming options to all students.  For GCPS gifted and high ability students, Summer Residential Governor’s Schools represent a special opportunity to extend learning with students of similar interests from across the Commonwealth.  This Virginia Department of Education program provides rising juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts, humanities, mathematics, science, and technology, or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. Students apply to these highly selective programs and are considered among hundreds of applicants from across Virginia.  If accepted to a summer Governor’s School, the student lives on a college or university campus for up to four weeks in the summer.  Students are involved in classroom and lab work, field studies, research, performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists and other professionals.  

Two students from Goochland High School have been accepted to summer residential Governor’s Schools.  Sydney Meiller is a rising junior and will be attending the Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts to be held at Radford University.  Sydney has been recognized for her performance in several school productions, and is also a student in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School, one of two academic-year Governor’s School programs available to GHS students.  Bryce Russell, a rising senior, was accepted to the highly competitive Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology to be held at Lynchburg College this summer.  Bryce participates in the Advance College Academy program at GHS and will complete an associate degree while still a senior in high school.

Rising senior Chloe Lyda will participate for the third year at the Brown University Pre-College Summer Program held at Brown University, an Ivy League institution located in Providence, Rhode Island.  Chloe was awarded a full scholarship to participate in the program and will take a two week-long intensive English course, a subject of particular interest for her.  She will live on the campus of Brown during her study.  Chloe is a student in the GCPS Advance College Academy program, is active in student government, and is currently the student representative to the Goochland County School Board.

For more information about any of the programs mentioned, please contact Raye Rector, Coordinator of Gifted and Federal Programs, at or 804.556.5610.




GCPS Leaders “Shadow a Student”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 15 , 2017

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations | (804) 332 0965 | @glndschools

GCPS Leaders Take Time to “Shadow a Student” in 2017

            This spring Goochland County Public Schools leadership answered the call to “Shadow a Student”, with twelve senior leaders taking a day to walk in the steps of our students throughout the division. The “Shadow a Student Challenge” was developed by the School Retool initiative, a professional development fellowship that “helps school leaders redesign their school culture” toward cultures of deeper learning through creating a community of change (

GCPS leaders, including Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Steve Geyer, and members of senior leadership from operations, instructional technology, finance, CTE, and exceptional education were paired with a student for a day as partners and observers. Staff members rode the bus to school with students, ate lunch, sat in on classes, and discussed the student experience.

Mrs. Debbie White, Director of Finance, spent the day at the Goochland Elementary Preschool Program. “After boarding the bus at Byrd Elementary at 7:45, I spent the day watching the teaching staff work tirelessly to engage each child with their very unique needs and observing how much they cared about each child. The adults were quick to cover for each other whenever it was needed to meet those needs. It is difficult to comprehend just how much work is done for our students unless you walk in their shoes”, she said.

Mr. Andy Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations, described his day at Randolph Elementary. “In my 13 years as an administrator, I have spent a lot of time making 30 minute observations, meeting with staff, talking about teaching, and engaging with students, but nothing compares to seeing things from the student perspective the way I did as a shadow”.

GCPS leaders who participated in the Shadow a Student challenge debriefed about their experiences and continue to integrate their observations into planning for continued deeper learning in Goochland classrooms as defined by School Retool: mastering rigorous academic content, learning how to think critically and solve problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, directing one’s own learning, and developing an academic mindset — a belief in one’s ability to grow.












Goochland Middle Teacher Recognized as National STEM Ambassador

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 5, 2017

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  |  (804) 332 0965  |  @glndschools

Goochland Middle Teacher Recognized as National STEM Ambassador

Mrs. Anne Moore, Goochland Middle School Career and Technical Education Teacher and Robotics Coach, has recently been distinguished with the honor of becoming one of only ten National Science Teachers Association(NSTA)/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics(NCTM) STEM Ambassadors in the United States.  Mrs. Moore, who was previously distinguished as a Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, is a member of the first cadre of STEM ambassadors.  

Her award places her among an elite group of experienced teachers who will advocate on behalf of teachers within policy and research dialogues at the national and local level.  Details on the STEM Ambassador program can be found here:

Mrs. Moore is excited to represent Goochland County Public Schools on a national level.  “I am very honored to have been chosen and appreciate the wonderful work we do in GCPS that supports STEM instruction and development”.  Mrs. Moore will spend several days in Washington, D.C. this summer meeting with federal leaders and training to effectively advocate for STEM education at all levels.

Goochland County Public Schools has become a state leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, incorporating various content areas into growing Career and Technical Education classes that allow students to experience science and mathematics in context with authentic experiences.  Mrs. Moore and her colleagues at Goochland Middle School have integrated authentic learning and STEM into the middle school curriculum through greater collaboration and project based learning.   

GCPS Recognizes Distinguished Employees and Retirees at the “Night of Excellence”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 3, 2017

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  |  (804) 332 0965  |  @glndschools

Goochland County Public Schools Recognizes Top Teachers and Staff at the Night of Excellence

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.