January 2023 Heroes of Hope

Published On: January 19th, 2023

Chris Eames, Jamestown High School

“Mr. Eames is a phenomenal math teacher! My daughter has been lucky enough to have him as her teacher for 3 years. She is taking AP Calc AB/BC this year not because she needs the class but solely because he is the teacher, and she knew she would be able to excel in it since he is so good. But even more than being a phenomenal teacher, Mr. Eames cares about these kids social/emotional well-being. He truly gets to know his students and their worries and their hopes. He has emailed me more than once this year to say he was concerned because my daughter seemed a little off and wanted to make sure I knew so I could follow up at home. He also knows the pressure cooker that is college application season and has a mantra for my daughter “Trust your preparation” and took the time to let me know about it so I help at home with it. Truly he goes above and beyond on a regular basis, and these students and their families are so lucky to have him!”

Valerie Smith, Lafayette High School

“When I was diagnosed with an illness earlier this school year and had to take a leave of absence from school, Valerie Smith stepped in to take over my classes. She is our reading intervention specialist, but willingly added to her workload to make sure my students were taken care of when I was out. She planned, graded, and checked in with me–taking a huge load off my plate. I didn’t have to worry about a thing and was able to rest and work on healing. She is beloved by students and puts in more time, effort, and care than any teacher I know! She cares about making Lafayette a better place and always comes to work ready to support and innovate.”

Ella Knight, Warhill High School

“There are times when stellar work should be recognized. This is one of those times. I am writing to share my family’s experience with Ella Knight, guidance counselor at Warhill High School. We started working with Ms. Knight approximately five (5) years ago, when our oldest son, Cary, came to Warhill (he is currently studying Civil Engineering at George Mason) and when our youngest son, Calvin, came to Warhill in 2021. Our sons have very different directions, Cary on a college track and Calvin on a trade school track. Ms. Knight has shown breadth in her competence to help both set academic plans that have served them exceedingly well. Ms. Knight has demonstrated knowledge of the post high school world, which has greatly aided us in preparing our boys for what comes next. She understands what colleges are looking for in the admissions process. She understands the New Horizons, Gov School, and Peninsula Community College pathways and how they relate to high school curriculum. Further, Ms. Knight has shown great dedication to her work, consistently, for all the years we have worked with her, providing accurate and timely responses to our questions. I recall sending her an email, during one of the class enrollment periods, at 9:30pm one evening, fully expecting she would see it when she got to work the next day. Within minutes, her reply popped into my inbox. I also recall one year in which the guidance counselors at Warhill had extra students when one of the guidance counselors had been called up from military reserves to active duty for the year, and the remaining counselors divided the extra load between themselves. When we have needed her, she has been there for us, and, I am sure, for many other families. Ms. Knight has performed her work with consistent excellence.”

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