By: Meredith Baker | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: February 14, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie Middle School Special Education Teacher JaVonda Tucker received the Dinwiddie Difference recognition at the January 8 school board meeting.
Dinwiddie County Public Schools recently began giving out the award to recognize outstanding individuals within the school division. Superintendent Dr. Kari Weston said that Tucker has helped to organize a professional network of teachers that reach beyond the county, and she is also someone who steps in to fill the needs that she sees.
“She’s kind of like a ray of sunshine,” Weston said.
Christie Clarke, the director of school and community relations, presented the award and said that Tucker was nominated by a parent and a coworker. As part of the award process, students from Dinwiddie Pathways Center helped to create a video to post on YouTube that included interviews with Tucker’s students and co-workers. Clarke said that Tucker has taught some of her eighth-grade students ever since they first came to the middle school.
“They had plenty to say of how much she gives of herself, and it’s not just in a classroom,” Clarke said. “She refers to all the children as her own children.”
Tucker said that she is grateful not only for the award but also for the opportunities she has at Dinwiddie Middle School.
“Receiving the Dinwiddie Difference award was very much appreciated, yet unexpected,” Tucker said in an email. “Every day I simply do what I enjoy doing. That’s being a champion for every student in our building, not just those students in my classroom. Being an educator in Dinwiddie allows me to reach and change the lives of so many of our students. I am very grateful and thankful for the opportunities that are provided to me here.”