Author: Shelley Basinger

LEADER PROFILE: Dr. Crystal M. Edwards Jan/Feb 2021

Superintendent, Lynchburg City Schools Lynchburg Business Editor Shelley Basinger: Crystal, you joined the Lynchburg City Schools family in 2018. Tell us about your career prior to coming to Lynchburg Crystal Edwards: I came here from a school division in New Jersey where I was a superintendent for seven years and assistant superintendent for five years. Before taking on the job as assistant superintendent, I was a supervisor/director of math and science for five years, and a high school science teacher for 14 years. During the summers, I participated in several teacher internships at local colleges and worked for several...

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EDITOR’S LETTER JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021

What kind of student were you back in high school or college? Did you study a little bit every night for weeks leading up to the exam or just pull an all-nighter? Did you plan out that presentation word for word and practice it 30 times in front of the mirror or did you just jot down a few points and wing it? Maybe you fell somewhere in between these two extremes. Even the most well-intentioned business professionals likely felt like a teenage procrastinator at times during 2020. Because by March and April, let’s be honest—we were all just...

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EDITOR’S LETTER JAN/FEB 2020

What’s your vision for greater Lynchburg in 2020? (…jumping on the pun bandwagon right out of the gate.) I don’t doubt “2020 vision” memes will saturate social media and pepper campaign speeches in the year ahead. By 2021, we will be desperate to no longer be in the “Year of Vision.” We even embraced the concept of “looking ahead” on our cover—we couldn’t resist. But, all puns aside, and no matter what date you’re writing in your checkbook (if you even have a checkbook in the year 2020), we can’t overlook that it’s very important to have a vision—both...

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EDITOR’S LETTER AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019

A few months ago, my stepdaughters were trying to teach me how to “floss” (if you don’t know what that is, it’s a dance move—just YouTube it) and… I couldn’t do it. I grew up competitively dancing and couldn’t for the life of me get my hips to line up with my arms the right way. I was frustrated—and it showed. It was a gentle reminder that while I may have the upper hand in some areas (room cleanliness and personal hygiene, for example)… when it comes to 21st century dance moves, an 11- and 13-year-old take the prize....

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LEADER OF THE MONTH: ROSANA CHAIDEZ JUNE/JULY 2019

NB Handy, President and CEO Lynchburg Business Editor Shelley Basinger: Rosana, before we get into talking about your career, I hear you have a background that is unique. Rosana Chaidez: I grew up in Mexico where my parents owned a business. My mother managed the business while my father worked back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 40. When that happened, my mother decided she wanted my siblings and me to be educated in the U.S., and we left Mexico for Chicago in 1979. SB: When did you start to...

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