April 27, 2017
Mission Statement
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation supports the highest quality public education for students attending Bedford County public schools. The Foundation develops strong links between our community and our public schools, enhances our children's education, and awards enrichment grants to local teachers.
Thank You 

Education Champion

James A. Meador Foundation

Education Benefactor

Medical Center
Education Leader

Education Partner

Forest Family Dentistry

Education Advocate

Sharon Missonary Baptist Church

St. John Episcopal Church of Bedford

Women's Auxiliary of Peaks of Otter Baptist Association
Education Sponsor

Support BAEF!

Mail your check to:
P. O. Box 2434
Forest, VA 24551

Thank you!
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Grant Application Deadlines
Grant applications to the Bedford Area Educational Foundation are due on the following dates: January 1, April 1, September 1, and November 1.

Board of Directors
Debby Allen
Tim Black
Sara Holdren
John Mack
Marsha U. Melton
Rita Otey
Donna Templeton
Clare Terry
Wyatt Walton

Board Emeritus
Jennie Allman
John A. White

Thank You to BAEF's New & Returning Corporate Sponsors!
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation is thrilled to announce that 21 of our annual sponsors have renewed their commitment to BAEF in 2017, and that five new sponsors are supporting BAEF in 2017 as well! 

Thank you to our returning sponsors!

Bank of James 
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Ready Mix Concrete
Centra - Bedford Memorial Hospital 
Dominion of Bedford
First Citizens Bank
Fleet Laboratories
Genworth Foundation
Georgia Pacific
Greater Lynchburg Community Trust
Mariners Landing
Rainfrost Nursery
Sharon Missionary Baptist Church
Sidney B. Allen Builders
Sonny Merryman, Inc.
Southside Electric Cooperative
Union Bank and Trust
Wiley Wilson

Thank you to our new sponsors!

Coleman-Adams Construction
Generation Solutions
Piedmont Community Health Plan
Witt Mechanical
Women's Auxiliary of Peaks of Otter Baptist Association

Corporate sponsorships enable BAEF to make grants four times per year to Bedford County teachers for worthwhile and innovative teaching projects. It's not too late to join this list, and your  gift is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Please make your check payable to the Bedford Area Educational Foundation, and mail it to P. O. Box 2434 in Forest, VA 24551. If you have any questions about how you can support the Bedford Area Educational Foundation, please contact Michele Shaffer at info@bedfordeducation.com . Thank you for supporting the Bedford Area Educational Foundation! 


Save the Date for BAEF's Annual Back-to-School Breakfast!

Event: BAEF Annual Back-to-School Breakfast

Date: October 5, 2017

Where: Bedford CVCC Campus

When: 8:00 AM

More information coming soon! 

Please save the date, and we hope to see you at the BAEF Annual Back-to-School Breakfast on October 5th!

Karen Rodriquez with New London Academy Recognized in Lynchburg Living Top Teacher Awards
Name: Karen Rodriguez

School: New London Academy

Years as an Educator: 28

Currently Teaches: 5th Grade

Special Recognition:
* Bedford County Teacher of the Year (2004)

Educational Background:
* Concord College, Bachelor of Science
* University of Virginia, Master of Arts in Education-Curriculum and Instruction

Why did you become a teacher?
As long as I can remember, I have always valued education. Through life experience, I came to recognize that regardless of a person's background, the opportunity to learn can be a game changer. I therefore chose to become an educator. This career would allow me to the give the gift of learning and impart knowledge, allowing my students to grow to their fullest potential.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are many rewards in the teaching field. However, for me, the most rewarding is the interactions I have with my students. Within my classroom, we build a community filled with learning, laughing and sharing. Our lessons extend beyond the curriculum. When my students exit the classroom, I feel confident they are better equipped for life's challenges.

What are your biggest challenges?
In the high stakes world of testing, my biggest challenge is creating a meaningful and engaging curriculum. Today's educational environment is highly focused on student assessment. I want my students to recognize that learning is much more than testing. Therefore, I strive to create lessons that are student-centric with choice and meaning.

Looking back at your career, what would you say is your greatest personal accomplishment?
As I look back on my career, I feel my greatest accomplishment is the opportunity I have been given to mentor young educators. It is an honor to be able to work with the next generation of teachers and share my experiences. I am hopeful to provide continued leadership to my peers.

Describe a favorite memory with your students.
One of my favorite memories is receiving a call from a high school teacher telling me about a letter a former student of mine had written.

The letter explained how the student's perspective towards acceptance and respect of others was forever changed after her fifth grade year. I felt proud that beyond the academics, she had learned a lesson of love and compassion.

If you could pass along one thing to others about the education field, what would it be?
To look past the demands of the profession and recognize the purpose of your work. Some days, you will be frustrated and overwhelmed. When that happens, look toward your students: within them lies hope and the motivation to continue. Simply, they are worthy of your best.

From Her Nomination:
"[Mrs. Rodriguez] creates a safe and caring learning environment for all her students each day... She takes time to listen to my son...really listen to him. She engages all her students in learning. She is a difference maker."
-Michelle Fluker, parent

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Message from the Bedford Area Educational Foundation
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation is committed to helping our local Bedford County teachers provide the best possible education for our children. Thank you to all of the companies, foundations, and individuals that have supported BAEF this year. We truly appreciate your support!

Please spread the word about BAEF, and forward this email to a friend or colleague, and like BAEF's Facebook page. We're working hard to let the community know who we are and what we do, and good word of mouth is invaluable. Thank you!

If you have any questions about BAEF, our mission, or how you can help, please feel free to contact me at info@bedfordeducation.com. Thank you again.

Michele Shaffer
Executive Director