Goochland County Public Schools Recognizes Top Teachers and Staff at the 2019 Evening of Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 8, 2019

Contact: Dr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations  |  (804) 332 0965  |  @glndschools

On Tuesday, May 7, Goochland County Public Schools held its third Celebration of Excellence at the Central High School Cultural and Educational Center to recognize 2019 retirees, Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, Rookie of the Year , and Volunteer of the Year.  The Celebration of Excellence featured food prepared and served by Goochland High Culinary Arts students and GCPS Food Service, and plaques were made by our GCPS Career and Technical Education Department.  The Goochland Education Foundation joined Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley in presenting awards to the evening’s distinguished recipients:

  • Cindy Shelton-Eide, Goochland High Teacher of the Year
  • Glenn Hecker, Goochland Middle Teacher of the Year
  • Cheryl Johnston, Byrd Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Stacey Wilson, Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Sara DeLong, Goochland Elementary Teacher of the Year

 Ms. Cindy Shelton-Eide, fine arts teacher at Goochland High School, was selected as the Goochland County Public Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year.  She will be considered with teachers from across the Commonwealth for the honor of being the 2019 Mary Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The GCPS Employee of the Year is Byrd Elementary Head Custodian Ms. Connie Brice, pictured below with family and School Board representative Mrs. Karen Horn.


The GCPS Team of the Year is the GCPS Instructional Coaches, Ms. Anne Keo and Ms. Christina Whitfield.


The Rookie of the Year is Ms. Annie Desmarais, science teacher from Goochland High School.

GCPS Volunteer of the Year is Mrs. Susan Doczi, for her service in all our schools, especially at Goochland High School.

Goochland Public Schools also recognized its 2019 retirees, Ms. Beverly Cooley, Ms. Edie Flaig, and Ms. Cheri Wolff.  These three educators account for decades of service on behalf of students in Goochland County.



Goochland County Public Schools and Special Guests Recognize Goochland CTE and Military Signees

On Friday, May 3, 7th Congressional District Representative Abigail Spanberger and Virginia Delegate John McGuire of the 56th District joined Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent, Mr. Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education, Mr. Michael Payne and Mrs.  Karen Horn of the Goochland County School Board, and community business and military representatives to recognize Goochland High Class of 2019 seniors who are transitioning directly into the workforce and the military, as well as underclassmen pursuing internship opportunities in the year ahead.

Among the destinations for GHS seniors are Liesfield Construction,  Sargent Corporation, Culinary Institute of America, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, and United States Air Force.

Representative Spanberger and Delegate McGuire provided remarks and congratulated the students individually as each was recognized. Mr. Bruce Watson and Lt. Col. Kevin Williams, MCJROTC instructor, listed the individual accomplishments of each student.

“We are so proud of our students and excited that they have taken advantage of our great programming here in GCPS,” said Dr. Christopher Collier, principal of Goochland High School.  “This event has grown so much in only its second year due to the work of our staff and the support of our business partners, School Board, and elected officials.”

Goochland High School and Goochland Technical Center have nurtured a growing MCJROTC program and a variety of CTE programs, including heavy equipment, carpentry, nursing, culinary arts, and veterinary technician programs.  Students from among various academic backgrounds participate in GCPS Career and Technical Education programming.