Virginia governor visits with teachers in Rockingham County

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited with teachers from Rockingham County Public Schools in a round-table discussion.

Governor Northam and Secretary Qarni requested to visit with the teachers during 'National Teacher Appreciation Week.'

A handful of teachers from schools in the district brought up ideas to make education better in the Commonwealth.

"Our teachers give so much of themselves on a daily basis, and Teacher Appreciation Week is just a brief opportunity to let them know that we recognize this," said Dr. Dr. Oskar Scheikl, Superintendent of RCPS. "It is an honor to have the Governor and Secretary of Education visit Rockingham County to engage in a conversation with our teachers, getting first-hand feedback about successes and opportunities for improvement."

The roundtable discussion was packed with ideas and concerns to which Northam said he will bring back to Richmond with him.

Among those concerns were limited access to broadband internet access, school counselors, teacher shortages and trauma informed care.

"In other words those children that come from perhaps disadvantaged homes or had been exposed to trauma, how we can better help them," said Northam.

The visit on Monday comes a few days after Governor Northam launched the 'Virginia is for Learners' initiative which prepares students for the 21st century workforce.

"We talk about STEAM, so science, technology, engineering, the arts, math and really healthcare and jobs like cyber security and aeriel systems, biotechnology. Those are the jobs of the 21st century."