Author: Michael Jon Khelwal

Ten Top Teachers in Hampton Roads

Top Teacher Overall Amy D. Insley Number of Votes: 3,570 School: York High School, York County Years as an educator: 17 Grades and subjects taught: Elementary Music; Theater Arts 6–12, adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University…

2014 Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile Everyone remembers one special teacher who touched their lives and went above and beyond to inspire impressionable young minds. These teachers work tirelessly, both inside the classroom and during their “off time” at home. These teachers…

Coastal Virginia’s Top Teachers

Inspiration is what poured off the pages of nominations we received this year for our third annual Top Teachers recognition program. More than 100 submissions and thousands of votes from students, their parents and staff members of inspirational teachers all…

Our Loss

Donald Hamilton “Don” Clark Whether one knew him as “Protector of the Sand,” “Cowboy Don” or the first name on the masthead of the Clark & Stant letterhead, Don Clark was a civic and legal visionary in Coastal Virginia.  …

HRM Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile and Mike Mercker For the second year in a row, you have taught us a lesson in the importance of not just good, but great, teachers. After examining the 8,702 total votes received in our Top Teachers 2012 recognition program, it is clear that you are…

Grading Our Governor

As Gov. McDonnell’s term comes to a close in Virginia, we thought it was time to take a look at some of his campaign promises and evaluate how he’s done so far in his tenure. It’s important to keep in mind that when modern…

Hampton Roads In The House

Politicians can seem larger than life. We see their ads on television; we see them deliver carefully prepared speeches to friendly crowds. But what makes them tick? What are the principles and beliefs that guide them as they make very…

Shout it Out!

College football season is upon us! Hallelujah! For fans like me, there’s no better time of the year than the first week of September, when our teams begin to play for collegiate pride against bitter rivals. Last season, Old Dominion…

Upfront - Won't You Be My Neighbor?

I love this time of year in Hampton Roads— when spring has fully sprung and the vibrant community we all share ventures outside to our front porches and back decks, our trails and sidewalks, our Oceanfront’s sand and our rivers’…

Upfront - Buying Hampton Roads

In the 1990s I had a checking account at Resource Bank, and when they went public, they offered all their depositors the opportunity to buy stock. I bought some but was still living in Los Angeles for graduate school, so…

Excellence in Nursing 2012 Winners

Photos by Jim Pile We know doctors and surgeons aren’t the only important people providing medical care to you and your family. So we established our first annual Excellence in Nursing contest to call attention to some of the often…

HRM Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile We put you to the test in our latest contest, and we have to say, you really aced it. Students, fellow educators, parents and readers all raised their hands to nominate and then vote on their…

Upfront - Renaissance Learners

Inspiration is the key to opening doors for all our children to a world of learning, while keeping America competitive in both the high-tech and low-tech jobs of the 21st century. As a founder and director of The Muse Writers…

State of Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads lost some representation due to population shifts and gerrymandering in 2011. This Upfront was going to be a letter to the newly elected Virginia House and Senate, reminding its members of the importance of Hampton Roads to the…

Have No Fear, Hampton Roads Is Here!

When Hurricane Irene was bearing down on Hampton Roads this past August, I, like everyone else, prepared for the worst. When the storm was over the open sea and gaining strength, many of us seriously considered making a run for…

High Time For The Tide

When I was a pre-teen growing up in Virginia Beach, I drew maps of where I would personally build a subway system in Hampton Roads, like the Metrorail in Washington, D.C. When my parents pointed out that the water table…

Creating Comedy

The emcee announced my name, and lightning surged through my bones. People turned and clapped as I walked onto the stage. I placed my water and cheat sheet on the lonely stool and grabbed the microphone. The stage lights blinded…

Hampton Roads Museums Guide

If Hampton Roads is a playground, the region's museums are its jungle gyms and tree forts. We're blessed by a stunning variety of museums—both the traditional and the unique and eclectic— many of which are considered to be among the…

May Flowers

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ve probably noticed that I have a lot of opinions. Many of them are about what needs to change in Hampton Roads—after all, there are a lot of challenges that face our…

What's In A Name?

It seems all of our transportation problems have been solved by the stroke of the almighty pen! Get ready for the Patriots Crossing, coming soon to a toll road near you. What was the much-maligned third crossing has been paired…