The Breakfast of Champions is Harrisonburg Education Foundation's premier event that recognizes present and retired faculty, staff, and students. This annual event honors grant and scholarship recipients, HCPS Educators of the Year as well as the
Retired Outstanding Educator of the Year.
2015 Breakfast of ChampionsThe 2015 breakfast was held, Thursday, May 28, at James Madison University. This year's breakfast was generously underwritten by Doug Guynn, The Virginia Education Law GroupSM and BotkinRose PLC, in honor and memory of N. Carroll and Grace "Patsy" Guynn, who were both longtime, devoted educators.
A special video presentation of the educators of the year from all eight schools was recorded and edited by Telemedia Productions. Special Thanks to Jeff and John Salem, both HHS alumni, for donating their time and their talents, and making such a special day for all!
Another big thank you to Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Layman & Nichols, P.C., Sheetz, Inc., and Summit Community Bank for helping to sponsor this event and for celebrating another year of excellence!
Congratulations HCPS Staff, Educators, and HHS Class of 2015!
2015 Educators of the Year
HEF 2015 RETIRED OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR
Marlon Foster was born during the year 1959 in Yorktown, VA to parents, Chester and Marie Foster. He was one of four children; twin sister, Marlene, and two older brothers, Chester and Terry. Marlon discovered a love of music very early in life. When he worked in his high school summer band program, he always found himself drawn to the "little ones" to act as a mentor or lend a friendly ear. His love of music led him to education. After high school, Marlon attended James Madison University (JMU). He then went on to teach for Harrisonburg City Public Schools for over 30 years. He retired in 2014 and still remains an active member of the music community. He currently teaches part-time at James Madison University. He also plans to continue guest conducting at local middle schools, and he has dreams of writing a book. If you’re lucky, you can catch Marlon playing locally with his band, S.P.L.A.A.A.T (Society for the Preservation of Live American Aural Arts.)
Lucy F. Simms Educators of the year 2015
Lucinda Swartzentruber of Rockingham County Public Schools (right) and Peter Norment of Harrisonburg City Public Schools (left) received the Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year Awards at the ceremony hosted by Bridgewater College on May 19, 2015. The Honorable Elizabeth K. Dillon, a United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia, delivered the presentation honoring the Educators of the Year. Presented by Lindsay Brubaker of the BotkinRose law firm, each recipient received an engraved keepsake and a $1, 000 check.
HEF 2015 Student Scholarship WinnersHARRISONBURG EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
LILLIAN EVANS-HAYWOOD and EVAN PATRICK DOTAS
JORDAN GARBER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
STACI ROSINA HELYER
LT. COL. ROBERT T. HERING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
SHERRY BURCHAM ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
EVAN PATRICK DOTAS
CURTIS HERSHEY EMU TUITION ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP
MILLERCOORS SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE STUDY OF ENGINEERING AND/OR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
GLEN KELLER SHOMO III VIRGINIA TECH ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
2014 Breakfast of champions
A special thanks to Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Layman & Nichols, P.C., Sheetz, Inc., Summit Community Bank and Telemedia Productions for helping to sponsor this event and celebrating another year of excellence! Congratulations, Educators!
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