Ashley S. Bland reacts with utter surprise Monday as Gov. Ralph S. Northam announces that she is Virginia’s Region 1 Teacher of the Year 2021 during a program at Richmond’s John B. Cary Elementary School, where Ms. Bland thought she would be leading a tour of the school’s outdoor environmental learning center.
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Ashley S. Bland thought she was giving a simple tour Monday of the outdoor environmental learning center she helped create at John B. Cary Elementary to Gov. Ralph S. Northam and his wife, First Lady Pamela Northam, Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Richmond schools Superintendent Jason Kamras and Richmond School Board Chairwoman Cheryl L. Burke.