Excellence: A commitment to meeting exceptional standards of growth, achievement, and personal responsibility.
On Monday of this week, the Goochland County Public Schools hosted a total of 39 superintendents, school board members, and administrative staff from 8 school divisions from Ohio to Louisiana. During their visit, they were able to see, feel, and experience the excellence of the Goochland County Public Schools! Excellence was pervasive in their interactions with our students, our teachers, and every member of Team Goochland!
Every aspect of our division shined as they were greeted by one of our enthusiastic drivers, entered clean and well-maintained schools, and interacted with our passionate employees and awesome students. In every classroom, students were engaged in exceptional academic experiences as our teachers allowed students to learn through deeper learning opportunities. Students were creating, collaborating, communicating, critically thinking, problem solving, and demonstrating respect through their interactions with both their peers and our guests.
Our visitors pointed out on several occasions that Team Goochland has strong culture of optimism, engagement, and student-centered learning: a deeply embedded culture that is not found in many divisions. Students showed pride in their schools through their work and the conversations that they had with our visitors. They openly shared what they were learning and were able to describe, in their own words, what was taking place in their classroom and in their school. The pride and passion that our employees have for their work was also abundantly clear as teachers willingly opened their classrooms to share their skills and expertise with our guests.
From one of our visitors:
Thanks again for a wonderful visit. Ronny, Matt, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about some of the practices that makes your school district/division successful. We look forward to sharing some of the things we learned with others. You have some amazing people throughout your organization and it is evident that the positive, professional, and innovative culture you all have established is embedded in every school. I know this event wasn’t an easy task to pull off and many hours were put into making it a success; thank you for investing in it to make it meaningful for us.
Ken Oertling, Ph.D., Executive Director of Secondary Schools
St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Louisiana
Thank you to our talented and passionate employees for the time, effort, and energy that they dedicate to the excellence of the Goochland County Public Schools. Our division has amazing professionals who serve as role models for educators across this nation to follow. As superintendent, I am truly humbled to have the pleasure to serve our students and our community alongside our amazing team as we continually work to maximize the potential of every one of our division’s learners. I am so proud of our students, our team, and our community for everything that makes Goochland so special!
Our visitors were provided an iPad during their visit to capture memorable moments and used the clip app to create their own video. Check out a sample of some of the videos that they created.