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September 1, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: She wants “to be a good teacher”

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Radford University graduate Judy Heflin will coach girls basketball, in addition to teaching health and physical education, at Taylor Middle School.
I like Fauquier County and I’m not one of those people who want to leave. It has a good mix of country and city life. I really wanted to get a job here to give back to the school system I grew up in. I think I’m a good product of it. I wanted to be a good teacher and influence students to go out and do something good for themselves.
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Inspired by a former teacher, the Fauquier native decided to follow the same career path with hopes of becoming a role model for her students.

Judy Heflin, a first-year health and physical education teacher at Taylor Middle School in Warrenton, hopes to encourage students through her new career.

“I wanted to be a good teacher and influence students to go out and do something good for themselves,” Ms. Heflin says.

Growing up in Remington, the educator says she never had the desire to leave Fauquier County.

“I really wanted to get a job here to give back to the school system I grew up in,” says Ms. Heflin, who attended Margaret M. Pierce Elementary, Cedar Lee Middle and Liberty High School.

“It’s a great place to live and a great place to work,” adds Ms. Heflin, a Catlett resident.

Teaching PE seemed a natural path for her because of lifelong involvement in sports. Middle school introduces many students to athletics, according to Ms. Heflin.

In her physical education class, students play volleyball, basketball, soccer and modified football, and they work in groups. Her health classes also include “family life” or sex education.

Some of the best advice she received came from veteran teachers who said: “Get plenty of sleep. Make sure you are organized and planning well. Have fun with your classes and just enjoy the job.”

• Age

• Home
I grew up in Remington, but I live in Catlett now.

• Work
First-year health and physical education teacher at Taylor Middle School in Warrenton. She teaches six periods a day with 19 to 25 students per class of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. She will coach girls basketball, starting in January at Taylor.

• Why do you do the job?
I had really great teachers growing up. One of my teachers in fifth grade, “Dayna” Andrews, was very inspirational. She became like family to me, because I went to M.M. Pierce Elementary for school and came back because my mom worked there. I would still go to her classroom and I could talk to her about anything. She was a very special person and always an inspiration to me. She passed away when I was in seventh grade.

I like Fauquier County and I’m not one of those people who want to leave. It has a good mix of country and city life. I really wanted to get a job here to give back to the school system I grew up in. I think I’m a good product of it. I wanted to be a good teacher and influence students to go out and do something good for themselves.

I chose PE because I liked PE the most in school and I always played sports growing up — soccer, softball, basketball and lacrosse.

• Family
Mother, Denise; father, Richard; sisters, Lena and Naomi; Ian, and fiancé, Hunter Poland.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree, health and human performance with a teaching concentration in K-12 health and physical education, Radford University, December 2014; Liberty High School, 2010.

• Civic involvement
Social director and board member of the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees. Coached Fauquier youth girl’s lacrosse last spring.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since I was 9 years old.

• Why do you live here?
I really like Fauquier County. I like the mix of stores and things you can do, but I also like the importance of agriculture. The people here are genuinely nice. It’s a nice, safe place to grow up. I’ve always loved living here. You can drive to the city and enjoy it, and stay here in your own piece of country and enjoy it.

• How do you describe this county?
You have the country life, but have things to do. It’s a great place to live and a great place to work.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
It would be nice to have a movie theater, because you have to go to Culpeper, Fredericksburg or Manassas now. Other than that, I like not having everything else in the immediate area.

• What do you do for fun?
Kayaking down the Rappahannock River. Tubing. Arts and crafts. I love to go to the beach when I can get there.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Remington. It's where I grew up and it’s such a cute, small town. Growing up in Remington, you always looked forward to going to the fall festival on Main Street and the firemen’s parade and carnival in the spring. I walked down the street to the drug store for milkshakes in the summertime and learned to play basketball across the street with my neighbors. I loved growing up in a small town.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think we will have more houses. Hopefully, we will get a movie theater. Maybe more development with communities like Bealeton, with more businesses. Hopefully, not more crowded.

• Favorite TV show?
“Big Brother” and “Criminal Minds.”

• Favorite movie?

• Favorite book?
I’m not a big reader but when I was younger, it was “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls.

• Favorite vacation spot?
The Outer Banks, North Carolina.

• Favorite food?
It’s a guilty pleasure, but pizza.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Many veteran teachers have told us this year as new teachers: Get plenty of sleep. Make sure you are organized and planning well. Have fun with your classes and just enjoy the job.

• Who’s your hero and why?
“Dayna” Andrews, my fifth-grade English teacher at M.M. Pierce. She would let me talk to her about school, whatever was going on. She was always that one to listen. She loved animals and always tried to get us to be kind to animals and people. She was such an amazing teacher.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably, first pay off student loans. Probably donate to our SPCA, because it does a lot of good. Donate to social services, because I worked there part-time at the front desk from January to August. Working there was very humbling.
Send my parents on a trip somewhere because they have put four kids through college and done everything for us.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Social Services Director Jan Selbo has devoted her career to helping others.

• Jim Cirillo’s call to Casanova extended.

• Don’t tell Angela Deal, Ms. Wheelchair Fauquier, that she can’t do something.

• FHS graduate and business owner Cathy Dodson finds all she needs right here.

• Mike Harvey’s sweet work takes lots of sweat.

• Warrenton native Joan Williams still serving her community.

• Classic cars consume engineer Matt Innocenzi’s free time.

• Wood transformed in the hands of Edward Fox.

• Earl Arrington serves printing customers and his community.

• Michael Hughes wears music, threater and equestrian hats.

• Store in Goldvein part of Susan Leopold’s family legacy.

• County native Maggi MacQuilliam devoted to the great outdoors.

• Health care for the needy Rob Marino’s mission.

• Daphne Latimore focuses on human capital.

• Horses extend Louise Summers’ work as teacher.

• As volunteer coach, Jeff Budd develops young wrestlers.

• Fraces Allshouse’s jobs focus on preservation.

• Jessica Smolinski’s book introduces children to Old Town Warrenton.

• Margaret Rice’s job all about fitness and fun in Warrenton.

• Robert Sturgeon has built his 70-employee businesses in Bealeton from scratch.

• 4-H leader Zach Woodward relishes the lessons of farming.

• Hospital auxiliary volunteer Alison Lee also earned fame in drag racing circles.

• Highland School veteran staff member Lise Hicklin always wanted to teach.

• As 9-1-1 dispatcher, Kateland Rich works to maintain calm during crisis.

• Chaplain Liz Danielsen finds a giving community.

• 9-1-1 response in Rodney Woodward’s bloodline.

• Fast talk a tool of the trade for auctioneer Kathy Shumate.

• Sam Poles takes care of varmits.

• Diane King mentors student performers at Fresta Valley Christian School.

• Lewis F. Lee Jr. followed his father into taxidermy business.

• Edward Payne returns to Orlean and to photography with passion.

• Janet Metzger’s Old Town Warrenton shop a hub of creativity.

• Pablo Teodoro bakes to build community.

• Community trails have become passion for retired VDOT engineer Bob Moore.

• Teresa Reynolds makes transition from butcher to museum director.

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

• ICU staff Carol Jones values patients’ trust.

• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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