School briefs

- Posted on Oct 09, 2013 - 02:07 PM

Lissetta Brandy of Gloucester, is a member of the 2013 Marching Royal Dukes, James Madison University’s 485-member marching band. Brandy, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies, plays in the band’s guard section.


Brandon Harris, a math teacher at First Flight High School in Dare County, N.C., was recently named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for Dare Public Schools. Harris taught at Gloucester High School for two years before relocating to Dare six years ago.

Colleagues nominate and vote to select their annual Teacher of the Year. In addition, FFHS students nominate and select a teacher for the Good Apple Award several times throughout the year. Harris received the first award given in 2010, and has been selected for the award for each of the three years of the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) initiative.

"Although Brandon Harris teaches calculus, what he really does is teach kids to think and solve real-world problems by using the concepts of calculus," said FFHS principal Arty Tillett.

"But what makes Mr. Harris the ultimate success as a teacher are the honest, sincere and productive relationships he builds with students. This paves the two-way street that enables him to hold his kids to the highest standards and stretch them intellectually. They literally cannot wait to get to his class every day," Tillett said.

A GHS graduate, Harris holds a degree in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Teach and later obtained his teacher certification from East Carolina University. The son of Julie and Keith Harris of Gloucester, Harris and his wife Meredith reside in Kill Devil Hills.


Richmond resident Dan Ream was recently hired as Rappahannock Community College’s new library coordinator. He will divide his time between the Glenns and Warsaw campuses, managing the library operations at both locations, as well as the Richmond County Public Library, which shares space with RCC’s Warsaw Campus library.


Rebecca Schmitz of Gloucester recently served as a first year orientation guide (FrOG) at James Madison University where she is a junior majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies.