The Roanoker - July/August 2019 - V20

LEARN IN VINTON
LEARN IN VINTON

WRITTEN BY DAN SMITH

Whether children or adults are the students, the goal is to make them successful.
WHEN VINTON TEACHER Ashley Williams was
named the winner of Roanoke County's most prestigious teaching award recently, she told the Vinton
Messenger, "I work with the best group of people
at William Byrd Middle School-great co-teachers,
students, and administrators."
The team effort at Vinton's public schools often
draws praise, and more than that.
"The education here is second to none," says Tim
Greenway, Vinton's representative on the Roanoke
County School Board. "On tests K-12 and the Standards of Learning, we are near the top in Virginia
and our amount spent per pupil is about half that"
of schools at the top in quality. We spend less than
$10,000 per pupil [per year] and some of the Northern Virginia districts spend $20,000."
Williams' Golden Apple Award came because she
"is a phenomenal teacher in all respects," her principal, Todd Kageals, has been quoted as saying. He
adds, "Her technical skills are on a level that only
experienced, dedicated teachers attain. ... Ashley
specifically asks to teach our most needy students

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year after year. [Her] technical skills, combined with
her ability to build positive relationships with her students, combine to make her our 'Golden Apple.'"
Greenway talks of "the passion of the folks" who
work in the Vinton schools as being a vital part of the
success of those schools: William Byrd High and Middle Schools, Herman L. Horn Elementary and W.E.
Cundiff Elementary. Mt. Pleasant and Bonsack Elementary Schools feed into William Byrd Middle and
High Schools, though they are outside the town limits. The high school is the largest in Roanoke County
and all the schools are relatively old, but have been
renovated and expanded over the years.
"I believe Roanoke County is one of the best places to educate children in the state," says Greenway,
who uses the quality of education as a selling point
in his Mountain View Real Estate business. Many of
our teachers go in at 7 to 7:30 a.m. and are there
until 5 p.m. They often provide materials for their
classes. I don't think they do this for the money."
Greenway points out that though there is a heavy
concentration on academics in Vinton's schools,



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