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The Cumberland County School Board recognized Mrs. Lena C. Chapman as the featured community member for February 2016. Mrs. Chapman is an alumna of Cumberland High School, and she later attended Southside Community College and Liberty University. She is the wife of Michael Chapman, who also attended CHS, and the mother to three girls: Kayla, who graduated in 2015, as well as Victoria and Calista, who currently attend Cumberland High. Mrs. Chapman is also the granddaughter of Donald and Jean Bishop.
Mrs. Chapman grew up in Cumberland, where she lived on the Bishop Farm with her grandparents. Mr. Donald Bishop was the President of the Cumberland Farm Bureau and recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lifetime Membership Award through the Farm Bureau Federation. She stated that her grandparents instilled in her a passion for God, family and community.
Currently, Mrs. Chapman is an insurance agent for the Virginia Farm Bureau, where she represents the counties of Cumberland and Buckingham. Prior to this, Mrs. Chapman worked as a realtor at Long and Foster and Hometown Reality from 2002-2006. In 2006, she began a career at Oakwood Homes, becoming the top Housing Consultant from 2006-2015, overseeing the application, delivery, instillation, and insurance of homes.
Through the years, she has maintained strong community ties by being an active member of Tar Wallet Baptist Church. She has served as Youth Leader since 2012 and Choir Leader since 2013. Mrs. Chapman continues her community service by being the Cumberland County Workforce Opportunity Investment Act Board (WOIA) representative, serving on the Youth Council for WOIA, 4-H volunteer for the Reality Store at CHS, and the current presenter at the Auto Safety Presentation for Young Drivers.
Mrs. Chapman said that she serves Cumberland County because she loves the community. She noted that her grandparents are her inspiration and that she aspires to continue their legacy. Mrs. Chapman wants to be a positive fixture in this community, just like her grandparents. She takes pride in helping community members protect their standards of living, in times of prosperity and in potential devastation. Mrs. Chapman stated that she will continue to strive to be the best insurance professional that she can, serving her community in all things that she does. Mrs. Chapman said, “I am truly blessed to have my grandparents as my biggest fans, my family, and a community that I love.”
The following staff members were presented to the members of the Cumberland School Board at the meeting held on February 8, 2016: Mr. Charles Taylor, Cortez Math Lab Assistant at Cumberland Middle School and wrestling coach; Mrs. Francine Scott-Thompson, Cumberland Elementary School Paraprofessional; and (not pictured) Mrs. Theresa Leonard, Bus Driver for CUCPS.
Each month, the Cumberland School Board recognizes students of the month. The following students were recognized at the meeting held on Monday, February 8, 2016: Alaina Page, Pre-Kindergarten, daughter of Kimberly and Scott Page; Benjamin Rodriquez-Cruz, seventh grader, son of Moises Rodriquez and Lorenza Cruz of Cumberland; and Ciara Gilman, eleventh grader, daughter of Mrs. Avery Teachey of Rice.
Caption: Alaina Page from Cumberland Elementary School, Benjamin Rodriquez-Cruz (not pictured) from Cumberland Middle School, and Ciara Gilman from Cumberland High School were recognized as Students of the Month by the Cumberland School Board.
The Cumberland County School Board includes a Meet the Staff session on each school board agenda in order to get to know all staff members. Three new teachers were introduced to the School Board at the January School Board meeting. These teachers included Mrs. Tamatha Gordon, Mrs. Heather Meadows, and Mr. David Sullivan.
Mrs. Gordon, wife of band director Scott Gordon, is the new elementary Reading Specialist. Mrs. Meadows joins the middle school staff as the Math 8 teacher. Mr. Sullivan, a graduate of Cumberland High School and former head football coach, is currently teaching Building Trades at the high school.
New teachers recognized at the January School Board meeting include Mr. David Sullivan, Mrs. Heather Meadows, and Mrs. Tamatha Gordon.