2016 Community Recognitions

WJCC Business Partners

WJCC recognized three of our most valued business partners for being named to the Virginia School Boards Association 2016 Business Honor Roll. Their ongoing commitment and support of our students and schools is very much appreciated. Not only do we value and depend upon their collaboration but we are thankful that we can highlight some of their many contributions to our school division. Partnerships with these businesses provide opportunities for students and staff to work with members of our community and enrich educational experiences both in and outside of our classrooms.

BAEPLEX Martial Arts

Master Joe Ash

BAEPLEX offers an annual scholarship program, facilitates leadership workshops in our schools, promotes teacher wellness and opens the doors to their facility forstudent enrichment.

Printpack, Inc.

Jim Stevenson

Printpack is one of the division’s primary sponsors of WJCC’s Manufacturing Day by allowing students to tour their facility and learn firsthand the 21st century skills needed in jobs today. They also serve on the superintendent’s advisory committee to help develop effective school/community collaboration.

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

David J. Masterson, President & Donald West, Director of Support Operations

Sentara houses and supports two critical outreach programs, Erase the Need and Project SEARCH. Erase the Need provides support to economically disadvantaged families and Project SEARCH is a business-lead, one-year school-to-work program which takes place entirely at the workplace.

Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

WJCC recognized one volunteer who epitomizes WJCC’s core values in their volunteer work from each school and the Adult Education/GED program. A volunteer is broadly defined as any individual who contributes their time, talents and skills to the learning process. These outstanding individuals go well beyond this call when they volunteer in our schools each week. We appreciate their unwavering support and strong sense of advocacy towards our students’ success.

Edna Lee Hooker

Clara Byrd Baker

Edna Lee Hooker has volunteered her time at CBB the past 5 years. She offers to help with any and all needs. Always asking and accommodating the teachers and students. She has handled all of the box top collection for the school, helped with the fundraiser for the 4th grade field trip. Helps with making sure SOL pencils are sharp and ready for testing. We always know when in need we can pick up the phone and call a willing and kind person to help us with any and all needs.

Kim Rich

D.J. Montague

As the yearbook sponsor, an active member of the PTA and room mom, Kim is dedicated to supporting staff and students. She spent countless hours photographing activities while promoting a sense of pride and enthusiasm for the school. Kim collaborated with other PTA members, DJ parents and staff to plan and implement activities and provide resources to support learning and a spirit of community at D.J. Montague.

Kari Abbott

J. Blaine Blayton

Kari Abbott is a shining star at JB Blayton. She has worked endlessly as an Adult 4-H Leader and Master Gardener volunteer with over 10,000 hours devoted to educating children and adults about the environment. Kari has been instrumental in bringing environmental education to our K-1 team at JBB since it opened 6 years ago. She is enthusiastic and consistently matches her activities with our changing curriculum.

Brandy Hagen

James River

During this school year, Brandy Hagen organized many events such as helping separate 50,000 live lady bugs on Earth Day into 500 cups so that students could release them, coordinating Donuts for Dads and Muffins for moms, serving on the PTA board, and facilitating a parent work day each week to cut cards for word study. It is truly amazing how one person can make such a positive impact.

Connie Williams

Matthew Whaley

Three years ago, Miss Connie began visiting Mrs. Kinney’s classroom weekly. She read and helped students get caught up on work. Soon, she began coming daily and now she stays until nearly 1:00! Every day! We have been so lucky that she loves us enough to come back every year. Ms. Connie is now a Grandma to three years’ worth of Kindergarten students!

Muriel Slaughter


Muriel, not only volunteers her time to work with WJCC students, but provides leadership within the Ford’s Colony community to recruit, place and support a small “army” of volunteers for the division. When at Matoaka, Muriel clearly illustrates a passion for education and a sincere desire to support our school. It only takes a minute with Muriel to know how enthusiastic and committed she is to making a difference.

Michael Lott


For the past 11 years, Mr. Lott has dedicated two days each week as a WJCC volunteer. Though he has tutored in both reading and math, he is at his best when he is modeling various strategies to support math instruction. He actively reads educational research and shares information with staff. Mr. Lott is genuinely concerned about each and every student and their progress/success.

Trista Sikes

Rawls Byrd

Trista Sikes is an incredible volunteer in our school community. In addition to her many years with the PTA, she takes the time to get to know the teachers, support staff, and offers to help whenever and wherever necessary. Trista advocates for all students and encourages other parents to do the same. She gives freely of her time, talent, and energy based on her conviction that every student can thrive at our school.

Rosemary Galindo


Rosemary Galindo volunteers five days a week working with struggling kindergarteners on letters, sounds and numbers. Daily, she works in the classroom, takes a break, comes back for lunch, and ends her day working again with students in the classroom. The principal commented, “When she stands with me at the bus loop, the students run up to hug her instead of me!” She is truly a welcoming and nurturing force at Stonehouse.

Meghan Brewer

Berkeley and Matthew Whaley

At Berkeley, Meghan has made several appearances on the Bulldog News to gain excitement for the BMS Annual Turkey Trot, provided our guest writing speakers with a breakfast each morning and prepared delicious dinners for our staff during conference nights. Meghan Brewer is known at Matthew Whaley for her super sweet sensitive side. An intricate part of Matthew Whaley’s PTA for seven years, she will officially take her creative hat and pack away her bag of treats at the end of this year as she leaves her Matthew Whaley Patriot Pride family. Meghan goes far and beyond for the staff, students and school, she is a rare jewel!!

Anne Sadler

Lois S. Hornsby

Anne, Berkeley’s lead College Partnership for Kids - William and Mary tutor, is dedicated to supporting learning across the school. She realized that some students needed more one on one time within classes instead of after school assistance so she created a program linking one tutor to one student. Now, the tutors work with students in the classroom, collaborate with both the student and the teacher and model good academic and social skills.

Rebecca Reed


Rebecca Reed is a gem and invaluable support to our school. Her sense of charity extends to our school’s choir, theatrical productions, food distribution to families in need, managing the on-site uniform CLAWSET, helping out with school dances, the PTSA, and serving as the parent representative on the school’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Committee. Without a doubt, the project that embodies her innovative spirit is the facilitation our P.R.I.D.E. Token Exchange Store.

Charlie Dubay


Since 1997, Charlie Dubay has volunteered as the coach of the JHS Envirothon team. His dedicated work and encouragement helped the team consistently place first in the region and among the top 4 at the state level for the last decade. Charlie goes “above and beyond” in every sense of the phrase. His precious time as a retiree is spent running AT LEAST two weekly meetings and hosting countless weekend review/work sessions.

Lisa Lucas


Lisa Lucas, the president of the Lafayette PTSA, is our volunteer of the year because of all the work she does to ensure that the students, staff, and families of Lafayette are supported by the PTSA. She is a volunteer who is truly engaged and committed to the education and social development of every student. She is innovative in engaging the community when it comes to doing what is best for Lafayette.

Gina Troy


Gina Troy is an outstanding example of the impact a volunteer can have on a school. Gina’s efforts have made all the difference to the Warhill PTSA, staff, students and community. She was integral in building our PTSA, helped spearhead annual functions, increased student and staff involvement, and built relationships with community partners and worked tirelessly to turn our March of the Lions 5k into a community event.

Karen Rose

Adult Education/GED

As the mother of a WJCC graduate and a current JHS student, Karen Rose is happy to lend a hand as a volunteer. For the past two year, she has worked with the Adult Education / GED program. Her quiet and caring manner helps students feel comfortable asking questions and seeking her assistance. Karen works well with individuals and small groups; her approach builds confidence among her students.

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