2019 Teachers of the Year

Ms. Cindy Shelton-Eide, fine arts teacher at Goochland High School, was selected as the Goochland County Public Schools 2019 Division-wide 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.

Cindy Shelton
Mr. William Quarles, President, Goochland Education Foundation, Dr. Jeremy Raley, GCPS Superintendent, and Ms. Cindy Shelton-Eide, Division Teacher of the Year

Teachers of the Year at each school:

  • Mr. Glenn Hecker, Goochland Middle Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Cheryl Johnston, Byrd Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Stacey Wilson, Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Sara DeLong, Goochland Elementary Teacher of the Year

The Goochland Education Foundation congratulates these teachers who represent the best of the extraordinary service and care the GCPS teachers and staff provide the Goochland County Public School students. We are proud to do our part to honor them.

Essay Contest Winners Announced!

The results are in for the “Be the Inspiration” essay contest! The contest was open to all fourth- and fifth grade students of Goochland County Public Schools, and was sponsored by Goochland Education Foundation in partnership with the Rotary Club of Goochland, and Goochland Pet Lovers.

First Place – Ayden Brown (4th Grade, Randolph Elementary)
Second Place – Cadence Pollnow (5th Grade, Byrd Elementary)
Third Place – Andi Slayton (5th Grade, Byrd Elementary)

Essay Contest Winners
Left to right: front row: Ayden Brown, First Place Winner, Cadence Pollnow, Second Place Winner, Andi Slayton, Third Place Winner, Sarah Perkinson, Vice Chair, Goochland Pet Lovers.
Second row: Robin Hillman, President of Goochland Rotary, Cyndy Brown, Executive Director of Goochland Education Foundation, Beth Ferguson, Ayden’s teacher at Randolph Elementary School, Deanna Nichols, Cadence’s and Andi’s teacher at Byrd Elementary School, Dr. Jeremy Raley, GCPS Superintendent
The 50 volunteer judges were members of the GEF, the Rotary Club of Goochland, and Goochland Pet Lovers.

2018 Teachers of the Year Honored

The Goochland Education Foundation took part in the school division’s annual Celebration of Excellence event honoring leading groups, individuals, retirees, and teachers of the year from the school division on May 2, 2018.

Pictured above: Cynthia Brown, GEF; Ms. Kelley Taylor, Goochland Elementary School, and Superintendent Jeremy Raley.

The teachers of the year included:

  • Simone Jones, BES
  • Kelley Taylor, GES and Goochland’s Teacher of the Year
  • Jaime Sprouse, RES
  • Patrick Gordon, GMS
  • Liz Alford, GHS

Talented Young Writers Honored

The Goochland Rotary Club in coordination with the Goochland Pet Lovers and the GEF sponsored a writing contest for area fourth and fifth graders. Winners of the essay contest this April included Callie Paul (First Place), Phoebe Parker (Second Place), and Joshua Gaskill (Third Place). Over seventy five submissions were made this year!

Student writers were asked to write about how Goochland was a great place to raise a pet.

Our thanks go out to all the writers and the support of the Goochland Rotary and Goochland Pet Lovers!

G21 Award Winners – 2017

August 14, 2017

Each year, teachers in Goochland County’s schools plan at least one project-based experience focused on developing students’ exposure to 21st century skills. These “G21” projects exemplify experience in communication, collaboration, team-building, work ethic, and problem solving for Goochland students. Many projects, too, go high tech, utilizing the division’s one-to-one technology.

Each August at its annual convocation, the division recognizes superlative projects submitted by teachers for the G21 Faire. The GEF supports this effort with financial support for teachers to purchase school supplies to continue their strong efforts at helping to inspire the next generation here in Goochland County.

G21 Gold Award

$300 was awarded to the team of Wes Farkas, Lucas Gibbs, Tim Greenway, Amy Henneberger, Mike Verrastro from Goochland High School. Their project, The Goochland High School Archery Range was also a Strategic Innovation Award-winning project for the 2016-17 school year.

G21 Silver Award

$200 was awarded to the team of Jennifer Gates, Katie Hadd, Beth Ferguson, Jaime Sprouse, Suzanne Taylor, Susan Vaughan from Randolph Elementary School for their RES Rangers Project in the fourth grade. Among the many activities in this journey project, students transformed an outdoor space on RES property to support a variety of learning activities. This project was also a Strategic Innovation Award-winning project for the 2016-17 school year.

G21 Bronze Award

$100 was awarded to the duo of Sarah Smith and Beth Houghton at Goochland Elementary School for their project Coding the Core Values. Students were challenged to create Scratch projects using block-based programming skills to communicate the essence of Goochland’s five core values. Projects were shared online with a worldwide audience and students not only developed emotionally and socially, but many experienced coding for the first time.

Learn more about the school division’s G21 program.

GEF Supports Viewing of Solar Eclipse

Release Date: July 25, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Goochland Education Foundation Sponsoring Goochland School District To View Solar Eclipse 

The Goochland Education Foundation is providing special glasses for 3,000 students and staff for viewing the total solar eclipse on August 21st in Goochland County at 2:40 – 2:45PM. GCPS will be the only school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia to hold a school district-wide viewing of the solar eclipse.

Goochland County is on the edge of the total solar eclipse band.  80% of it will be visible. The eclipse will be visible, even in cloudy conditions.

The event will happen at the three elementary schools (Byrd ES, Goochland ES, and Randolph ES) and the middle and high school complex. There will be photographers on the roof of the secondary complex of the middle school and high school students. There will be photographers at each elementary school as well to record this historic event.

Cyndy Brown, Executive Director of the Foundation, is excited about the incredible opportunity to offer an experience the children of Goochland County will remember for the rest of their lives. “It goes to the very heart of the our mission of partnering with the Goochland schools to provide impactful experiences that enhance the students’ education. When we can take advantage of an event such as this, we are working together to open up potential the students’ might never have imagined.”

The school district’s leadership is excited about this collaboration with the Foundation. Dr. Jeremy Raley, Goochland County Public Schools Superintendent believes this exemplifies the partnership between the schools and the Foundation. “We are very excited to start off our school year with such a unique and engaging experience for our students and staff.  The efforts of the Goochland Education Foundation to set the stage for this day and provide all of our students with the tools needed to witness this occasion are tremendous, and we appreciate their partnership as we continue to distinguish ourselves as a division”.

The teaching staff are preparing activities and lesson plans for that day so the students learn about what a solar eclipse is, how it comes about, and why it is so rare. There are follow-up activities the next day to apply what they witnessed to the science behind it.

Goochland Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization providing or expanding innovative, visionary educational experiences designed to enrich and maximize the learning potential of Goochland County Public School students.


Release Date: May 3, 2017
The Goochland Education Foundation’s board of directors has announced the selection of Cynthia Roe Brown as its first executive director. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process.
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Kristina Heidel, Goochland Education Foundation Board President. “Cyndy will bring leadership and creativity to the Foundation’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to Goochland County’s Public Schools. She has served nonprofits in the Richmond region at all program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and brings rich experience to this important role at a strategic time of the Foundation’s growth.”
Cyndy’s resume includes over 14 years of executive planning, fundraising, administration, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. “I look forward to collaborating with the board and partners to serve the Goochland County’s Public Schools,” remarks Cyndy. “I am excited about working with a dynamic and passionate group of people who are committed to providing innovative educational experiences critical to the success of children in the 21st century. The Goochland Education Foundation plays a key role in supporting and enhancing the already excellent educational experience in Goochland County. This in turn adds vitality to the County’s quality of life.”
The Goochland Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing or expanding on innovative, visionary educational experiences designed to enrich and maximize the learning potential of Goochland County Public School students.