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Bryan Everett is one of the best

Bryan Everett

I graduated from Ocean Lakes High School in 2013. Mr. Everett was my counselor and a huge part of the reason I graduated with honors. I was a part of the Culinary Arts VoTech program during my junior and senior year. I needed one class to allow me an honors seal on my diploma. This class was only offered during one block & it happened to be when I was scheduled to be at VoTech. Mr. Everett worked to allow me to do independent study to complete the class. This is just one of the many outstanding things he had done for me during my time at Ocean Lakes. The Dolphins family has so many amazing staff members but I truly believe Mr. Everett is one of the best.

-Nikki Reeves, Johnson & Wales University Foodservice Management-Senior

Thanks to our sponsor, Rudee Tours, Everett received two free whale-watching passes.

Jeremy Schratwieser inspires careers

Jeremy Schratwieser

Mr. Schrat (Schratwieser) had a huge impact on my career path. He was my magnet molecular teacher in 10th grade at OLHS and I enjoyed his class so much, that I took his AP Biology class senior year. Biology ended up being my major in college because I wanted to be a bio teacher just like him. Long story short, I was hired to teach middle school physical science and earth science to start my career, and now I am the new secondary science instructional specialist! I achieved a great dream of mine with the inspiration from this great teacher.

-Amanda Malbon

Thanks to our sponsor, Rudee Tours, Schratwieser received two free fishing passes.

Lisa Embrey amazes with her level of kindness

Lisa Embrey

I would like to recognize Ms. Lisa Embrey, Early Childhood Education teacher at the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center. My son is in the preschool program and is the happiest 4-year-old on Earth the mornings he gets to go to school. I can imagine it might be difficult for some to teach preschoolers and high-schoolers simultaneously, but I am amazed at the level of with-it-ness and kindness I see in Ms. Embrey any time I visit the preschool classroom. She is warm and welcoming to parents and students (the big ones and the little ones!). My son perceives each high school student in the classroom as one of his teachers because they are treated with respect and dignity by the adults leading the class. The instructional design of the learning centers, outdoor play time, and direct instruction provides the perfect model for my son and as parents we could not be happier with the program and Ms. Embrey’s leadership specifically. I could not be more impressed and grateful to Ms. Embrey!

Thanks to our sponsor, Rudee Tours, Embrey received two free whale-watching passes.

Princess Anne Middle School’s James Arnett makes a difference

Rachel Jennings

I can't say how appreciative I am that my daughter had the opportunity to have Mr. Arnett for math last year. He will forever be someone she can go to if she needs help or advice. He definitely made a difference in her first year of middle school.

-Jen Romine

Thanks to our sponsor, Rudee Tours, Arnett received two free whale-watching passes.




Debra Liddon is ‘a goal setter and dream maker’

Brenda Fuller

Mrs. Debra Liddon from Strawbridge Elementary School exemplifies the phrase, “Great Dreams Need Great Teachers.” Mrs. Liddon’s formal role is an ITS; however, she is a goal setter and dream maker. Her positive, go-getter attitude continues to push teachers to strive for more and dive deeper into using technology to enhance student learning. Mrs. Liddon transformed the school’s formal computer lab into a “Launch Pad” where students can explore, create and make using a variety of resources. She creates centers in the Launch Pad to extend grade level lessons and standards. She moderates monthly school wide twitter chats for teacher collaboration, motivates teachers through activities like Twitter Bingo and Tweet Competitions, and is a driving force in a green screen wall project for students to take their learning beyond the four walls of a classroom. She continues to find innovative ways to involve parents and the community through the technology transformation.

Thank you, Mrs. Liddon, for making amazing dreams come to life for the students and teachers at Strawbridge.

Thanks to our sponsor, Rudee Tours, Liddon received two free whale-watching passes.

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Jennings’ painting “Bloom” selected for 2017 VBEF Commemorative Print

Rachel Jennings

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) has featured artwork by students and staff in its annual Commemorative Print since 1999. At its annual TGIF (Teacher Grants Improve Futures) Celebration Nov. 2, the VBEF announced that “Bloom,” a painting by Rachel Jennings, will be featured on its 2017 Commemorative Print. The Corporate Landing Middle School art teacher’s painting was selected by the public in an online vote from among seven pieces.

The artwork featuring colorful flowers was a piece Jennings already had in her collection, “but the painting had not put down roots yet,” she said.

“Finding the perfect place for my work is as important to me as the journey of creating,” Jennings added.

Supporting the work of the VBEF seemed like the perfect place to Jennings.

“The piece reminds me of learning because the process of painting is similar as the colors are layered, blended, overlapped and built upon to enhance each,” she said. “The Virginia Beach Education Foundation provides opportunities for teachers to bloom and be creative in their classrooms, so submitting ‘Bloom’ to the VBEF as a representation of teacher and student growth felt like the perfect fit.”

The 2017 VBEF Commemorative Print will be available for purchase on or by contacting VBEF coordinator Debbie Griffey at 757-263-1337 or

Fuller named 2016 VAHPERD Supervisor of the Year

Brenda Fuller

Brenda Fuller has been awarded the 2016 Supervisor of the Year Award from the Virginia Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD). Fuller is the division’s K-12 coordinator of health and physical education and was presented with the VAHPERD award at its convention held in Midlothian, Virginia, Nov. 11-13.

Fuller began her career with Virginia Beach City Public Schools in 1989 as a health and physical education teacher at Kemps Landing Middle School. After serving as an assistant principal at various schools she was appointed to her current position of K-12 coordinator of health and physical education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Fuller earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University and an education specialist degree from George Washington University.

Ertel places third in national competition

Don Ertel

Don Ertel, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) fleet technician, was awarded second runner-up at the America’s Best Training & Skills Competition Nov. 4-8 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Held in conjunction with the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Annual Summit, the America’s Best competition attracts technicians and inspectors from the nation’s school bus industry. Technicians and inspectors were tested in separate categories and had to complete a written exam and hands-on challenge. Technicians were tested in repairs, tool usage, electronics and efficiency.

Ertel has been employed at the division’s School Bus Garage since 2011.

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