As Teacher Appreciation Week draws to a close, I wanted to take one more opportunity to thank our amazing teachers for their tireless dedication and commitment to the students of the Goochland County Public Schools.  Thank you for ALL that you do!

On Tuesday May 7, our school division honored several employees during our annual Celebration of Excellence.  At this event, we recognized the teachers of the year for each of our five schools, our team of the year, employee of the year, and volunteer of the year.  We also announced our 2019 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Cindy Shelton-Eide from Goochland High School.

Teachers of the Year

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

Division Teacher of the Year

  • Cindy Shelton-Eide, Goochland High

Employee of the Year

  • Connie Brice, Custodian, Byrd Elementary

Team of the Year

  • Anne Keo and Christina Whitfield, Instructional Coaches

Rookie of the Year

  • Anne Desmarais, Teacher, Goochland High

Volunteer of the Year

  • Susan Doczi, Goochland High


  • Cheri Wolff, Byrd Elementary
  • Beverly Cooley, Goochland High
  • Edith Flaig, Goochland High

Take a few moments to view some highlights of this event.

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to take this time to thank every member of Team Goochland for the work that they do for the students whom they serve each and every day!  In the fast-paced, hectic world in which we live, we often do not stop and reflect on the critically important work that we are doing.

As educators, we all are provided with the opportunity to impact the lives of the students who enter our classrooms, board our buses, eat in our cafeterias, feel safe in our facilities, and benefit from the many different services we offer.  The experiences and lessons that that our team provides our children in your multiple roles serve as the foundation for the future success of our county, state, nation, and world. Their tireless efforts allow us to fulfill our division’s mission to maximize the potential of every learner.

Our school division continues to be seen as a model for excellence across the Commonwealth, and Goochland County Public Schools shines bright because of the contributions of every one of our employees!  When I’m visiting classrooms, talking with students, or scrolling through Twitter, I continue to be amazed by the experiences and opportunities that they are providing to our students on a daily basis! They are truly exceptional!

For the past three weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting with many of our seniors as they are finishing their high school career and preparing for graduation.  During my sessions with seniors, I ask them to tell me about something that sticks out as a positive memory during their time with our school division. They’ve told me how our teachers have inspired them, have believed in them, have supported them, have coached them, and have helped them to accomplish things that they never believed that they would have been able to accomplish.  The work that our team is doing is having a significant positive difference in the hearts and minds of our students.

During this Teacher Appreciation Week, I invite you to take a moment to share your appreciation for our teachers, our instructional support personnel, and our operations team for their efforts.  Please take a moment to send an email, write a thank you card, or just simply thank one of our employees in person for all that they do to make Goochland County Public Schools great!