We have many new teachers to introduce. Here’s what they have to say!
Jennifer Cosby (5th Grade):
My name is Jennifer Cosby and I am so excited to be working with such a stellar team of educators here at GES this year. I graduated from Goochland High School in 1997 and from there I attended JSRCC, East Tennessee State, and finally came home to obtain my B.A. in English and Creative Writing from VCU. I received my post-bachelors in Elementary Education from Mary Baldwin College. This will be my first year teaching in a public school system. For the past four years I’ve taught Pre-Kindergarten classes as well as the Head Start Class at GES. I grew up and still live in Goochland and I cannot think of any other setting that I would rather be teaching in. I enjoy visiting museums, art, classic literature and poetry, and most of all, I love to travel. I love spending time with family and friends. My four-year-old son Keller is the funniest, most famous person I know. Everyday is a new and curious adventure. I look forward to an amazing year.
Alison Gooding (2nd Grade):
Welcome! I am so excited to be working with you this year! This is my first year in Goochland County. Before coming to GES I taught in Chesterfield County and Newport News. I am originally from the Hampton Roads area, a small town called Poquoson, VA. I received my undergraduate degree from Radford University and my graduate degree from Christopher Newport University. In my free time I like to travel. I’ve been all over Europe and last summer I went to China. Second grade is a fun and exciting year!
Andy Meiller (5th Grade):
My name is Andrew Meiller, and I am happy to be returning to Goochland schools AND to GES- I taught 2nd grade here way back in 1999!
Although I have been working as an educator in another county the last four years, I did not leave Goochland altogether- I live in the west end of the county with my wife, who is a kindergarten teacher at Byrd Elementary, my two kids (who attend school at Byrd), my dog, and my cat. You will often see me out on the soccer fields or running up and down the roads of Goochland!
I look forward to working closely with the 5th graders and the GES community to make 2011-2012 an excellent year! Feel free to contact me at any time!
Bari Nixon (Special Education):
Born in Winston-Salem, NC and lived in Statesville, NC for most of my life. I moved to Maine when I was a freshman in HS. I attended Brandeis Univ. one year where I was a member of the women’s bball team. I then transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. I played 3 years of college bball there before becoming an asst. coach for two seasons. I moved to Richmond in 2002. I taught in Henrico for 7 years (6 years at Adams Elem. and 1 year at Glen Allen HS). When not injuring myself, I enjoy playing pretty much any sport as well as coaching. I love to read and am a self-proclaimed beach bum.
Tara Stacey (1st Grade):
My name is Mrs. Tara Stacey. I have an undergraduate degree from VCU in Sociology as well as a masters degree in Elementary Education. I have four years teaching experience in Northeastern North Carolina. Over the summer I relocated back to the Richmond area. I love to go to the beach, read, travel, and shop. I am delighted to be teaching in Goochland County and can’t wait to get started this school year.
Jackie Young (3rd Grade):
Hi! My name is Jackie Young and I am teaching 3rd grade this year at GES! This is my first year at GES and I am so excited! I absolutely love working with students and am looking forward to all the fun activities we will be doing this year! My favorite color is blue and I love going out to eat and movies with friends. I graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and obtained my master’s degree from the University of Richmond. I am looking forward to a great school year!!