J.E.B. Stuart High School history teacher James Holcombe is one of five semifinalists for the American Federation of Teachers Everyday Heroes Award.
This award recognizes teachers that go beyond their duties to help students. Holcombe gives up his winter and spring breaks to prepare students (not just his own) for the SOL tests. He brings in donuts on a weekly basis to encourage students to participate in the Interact Club, which he co-sponsors. This club holds 22 activities a year for students after school hours and on weekends, including charitable and volunteer activities.
Votes can be cast at aft.org/everydayheroes/index.cfm. Voting closes on April 20.