Chesterfield County teacher recognized as an ‘outstanding teacher of the gifted’

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County fifth grade teacher from Curtis Elementary recently won an award for her efforts.

Rhonda Bailey-Clarke received the Virginia Region I Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award, recognizing the accomplishments of talented educators providing gifted services to students.

The organization giving the award, the Virginia Association for the Gifted received many applications from candidates.

According to a release, Bailey-Clarke’s credentials, experience and recommendations earned her the highest evaluation by the selection committee.

The Virginia Association for the Gifted believes that recognizing such teachers will inspire other educators and improve education for the gifted in Virginia.

Curtis Elementary Principal Susan Pereira discussed the honor given to her associate.

“Rhonda Bailey-Clarke is an exceptional educator, not only to our gifted students, but to all of her student,” Pereira said. “She works to engage each student in the learning process and meets them where they are in their learning.”

Chesterfield County Public Schools recognized Bailey-Clark as well as Julie Walton, a Manchester Middle social studies teacher, as the 2016 Chesterfield County Outstanding Teachers of the Gifted. Walton and Bailey-Clarke were then nominated for the Virginia Association of the Gifted award.

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