Hanover County Schools Superintendent
Jamelle Wilson, Heather Brazier '12, and Michael Mudd '97, Principal, South
Anna Elementary School
Randolph-Macon College alumna Heather Brazier ’12 is an award-winning
teacher. Brazier was named Hanover County’s 2013 Beginning Teacher of the Year.
The story was covered in the October 9, 2013 edition of the
Brazier recently began her second year as a teacher at South Anna Elementary School
in Montpelier, Virginia. At R-MC, she majored in
psychology and minored in elementary education.
“Heather continues to support our future teachers through sharing her experiences
and resources with current Yellow Jackets in Education,” says Brenda Davis, chair
of the Education Department. “R-MC
education alumni are doing great things—in fact, Michael Mudd ’97
is the principal at South Anna. These kinds of Yellow Jacket connections are exciting
and inspiring, both for alumni and for our current students.”
“My R-MC classes and professors prepared me for success in my classroom,” says Brazier.
“Each education course gave me a well-rounded approach to the education system.
Professor Leslie Roberson, in particular, helped pave the way to my career. She
goes above and beyond for all of her students.” Brazier’s advice for current education
“Get as much experience in the classroom you can, take advantage of every opportunity
given to you at R-MC and especially within the education department, and ask as
many questions as you can,” she says. “I owe the success I have in the classroom
to the R-MC professors who taught me all I know.”
“Ms. Brazier was selected the Beginning Teacher of the Year because of her dedication
and commitment to her students,” says Mudd, who also teaches education courses at
R-MC. “She is a very energetic and engaging teacher who brings subjects to life
for her students. It was not uncommon to walk into her classroom and see her dressed
in a silly costume to help illustrate a concept. She is a fine example of a teacher
who does a terrific job of providing effective instruction in the classroom while
at the same time maintaining excellent relationships with students and parents.
Her training at Randolph-Macon College prepared her well for this role.”
The R-MC Education Department
Education Professor Leslie Roberson, director of Teacher Preparation and Educational
Outreach, says R-MC’s Education Department offers a unique, challenging curriculum
and personal instruction.
“We are committed to applying theory to practice by providing our students with
field experiences for each of our courses,” explains Roberson. “In addition, our
strong partnership with Hanover County Public Schools allows our students to work
with some of the state’s best educators during their fieldwork and student-teaching
practicum. HCPS teachers and administrators are highly invested in working with
our pre-service teachers. And our dedicated and caring faculty, along with an administration
that acknowledges and supports our important work, are vital to the success of our