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Citywide Teacher of the Year

Bevin Reinen

2015 Citywide Teacher of the Year
Bevin Reinen

Bevin Reinen, a first-grade and special education inclusion teacher at Three Oaks Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. VBCPS Superintendent Sheila Magula made the announcement this morning during a surprise visit to Reinenís classroom.

"Bevin Reinen is the child whisperer,"Three Oaks principal Lisa Hannah wrote in her nomination of Reinen. "She understands and speaks the language of children and she makes a difference with her students, staff and parents."

According to Hannah, Reinen goes above and beyond to work with her students and research the best practices available to help develop them as learners. She serves as an after-school tutor for students performing below grade level expectations and is working to achieve National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. Reinen also founded, an educational website that focuses on the academic, social and emotional growth of early childhood learners.

"I knew what a wonderful teacher Mrs. Reinen was from working with her, and I was thrilled when I found out my daughter would be able to spend her first-grade year with her," Rebecca Howell, a fellow Three Oaks teacher and parent, wrote in her nomination letter. "Her interactive and reflective classroom is the result of the time and research she puts into her teaching practices and the effort she puts into knowing the social and academic needs of her students."

Reinen holds her bachelorís degree in English from Mary Washington College and a masterís degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University. She has been teaching for nine years, eight of which have been with VBCPS.

Reinen was selected as the 2015 Citywide Teacher of the Year from an initial pool of all 87 teachers of the year. Earlier this year, she was named one of 10 semi-finalists who received classroom visits from the Teacher of the Year selection committee. Five finalists - including Reinen - were then interviewed to determine the citywide winner.

All 87 Teachers of the Year were honored during a special recognition dinner in October. As part of the program, Reinen shared her thoughts on the importance of connecting with students and stressed how each teacher has the ability to inspire and spark a fire in the hearts and minds of young people. As an example, Reinen acknowledged her own sixth-grade teacher and shared a touching video thanking her for igniting a passion for learning.

For more information about Reinen or the 2015 VBCPS Teacher of the Year program, please contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 757.263.1070.


Last Modified on Monday, April 30, 2018