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An Excellent Educator

Fulks Run’s Grim Named Region’s Teacher Of The Year


Daily News-Record FULKS RUN — In Chris Grim’s fi rstgrade classroom when a student does something kind, or accomplishes something important, they get to ring the celebration bell. The celebration bell may just look like a horseshoe attached to a string, but when it is struck with a metal rod, it rings out and elicits many cheers.

On Thursday, it wasn’t one of Grim’s students who got to ring the bell — it was Grim herself.

During an assembly attended by the entire school, which includes approximately 168 students, as well as a dozen of Grim’s friends and family members, it was announced that she was chosen by the Virginia Department of Education as the Region 5 teacher of the year.

There are 13 counties and seven cities in Region 5, encompassing hundreds of schools and even more teachers.

Grim has been teaching fi rst- grade math and language arts at Fulks Run Elementary School for 28 years, this being her 29th year at the small, community school. Grim, who did her student teaching at Fulks Run, knew she had found someplace special.

“ This is a community school where everyone knows everyone,” she said. “ There is a lot of caring for each other when there is need in the community.”

Four days before the start of school 29 years ago, Grim was hired to teach first grade at Fulks Run and she’s never


Fulks Run Elementary School first-grade teacher Chris Grim celebrates with students after being named the Virginia Department of Education Region 5 teacher of the year during an assembly at the school Thursday afternoon.

Daniel Lin / DN-R

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