2009 EDUCATION SERVICE AWARD
A resident of Chesterfield, Virginia, he received his early education in Middlesex County, Virginia, graduating from Saint Clare Walker High School in June, 1969. He was salutatorian and class president. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in mathematics from Virginia State University (VSU) where he received a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He continued his education at VSU earning a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education. He furthered his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Mr. Lane began his teaching career in 1974 at Matoaca High School, Chesterfield, Virginia and his Army Reserves career in 1973. He became a Reserve Officer in the 275th Supply Company located at Fort Pickett, remaining active for 14 years and obtained the rank of Major.
Mr. Lane taught mathematics at Matoaca High School for 35 years, serving as head of the department for 16 years. He also served as yearbook sponsor, Senior Class sponsor and sponsor of the Math Club for a number of years.
He has been an adjunct instructor at VSU and John Tyler Community College since 1978. Additionally, Mr. Lane has spent the last four summers assisting Dr. Winbush at VSU with the DuPont Summer Enrichment Program, teaching mathematics and SAT classes to students from the Richmond – Petersburg area.
Mr. Lane has a long and extensive record of volunteering in the community. Students found in Mr. Lane a teacher who cared deeply about their success in school, particularly in mathematics. He always went out of his way to be helpful and encouraging.
Giving back to his Alma Mater, Mr. Lane advised student teachers in mathematics at VSU. He also served as advisor to practicum students in mathematics from VSU and Virginia Commonwealth University.
During his spare time, Mr. Lane provides tutoring services to his students and their children in his home as a community service. He has always provided after-school tutoring services to his students at no charge. If they needed transportation home, he provided it until the County disallowed it.
Because of his dedication and commitment to his students, fellow teachers and community, in 1982, the Matoaca High School yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Lane. In 1994 and 2001, he was chosen Teacher of the Year at Matoaca High.
He was awarded the Chesterfield Volunteer Award for Community Involvement in 1998. In 1997, Mr. Lane was highlighted in the Progress Index newspaper during Black History Month for his various accolades and service to the community.
Mr. Lane is a longstanding member of First Baptist Church on Harrison Street in Petersburg. He is a Deacon, teller and member of the Male Usher Board.
Mr. Lane is married to Dr. Frances J. Lane. They are blessed with three children, Leroy II, Lonnell, and Latonya; and three grandchildren, Ariana, Aniah and Majectic.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.''
– Henry Brooks Adams