I am beyond excited to join the Frances W. McClenney Elementary School community as Interim Principal and Lead Learner for the 2023-2024 school year! I look forward to upholding the school’s mission of serving as a resource that propels learners today to be positive change agents tomorrow.
This year will be my 29th year as an educator. Before this appointment, I served as Assistant Principal at Linwood Holton and James H. Blackwell Elementary schools. Additionally, I served as the Educational Director of a local performing arts organization. Even with these amazing experiences, I have always been a teacher at heart. I have 22 years of teaching experience in Richmond Public Schools, serving students at Blackwell, Broad Rock, Westover Hills, Linwood Holton, and G.H. Reid Elementary schools.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from Howard University, a Master of Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. Personally, my husband and I enjoy spending time together as empty nesters. Our three adult children all attended and graduated from Richmond Public Schools.
I am excited about the new beginnings as Ginter Park becomes Frances W. McClenney Elementary. I am honored to have known Mrs. McClenney as a mother, neighbor, teacher, and leader. From 1972 to 1978, I was a student at Ginter Park Elementary from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. During this time, Mrs. McClenney was a classroom teacher. I wasn’t lucky to be a student in her 1st-grade class; however, I fondly remember her playing songs on her Autoharp and singing with students. She was always kind and gave out hugs generously. My school memories include playing the cello, creating fantastic art projects in the basement, and taking the yearly class photo in the foyer. I have one of those treasured class photos from 3rd Grade. You can see the picture when you visit my office! As you can see, my connections with Ginter Park and Mrs. Frances McClenney run deep.
A wise person once said, “To teach is to touch the future.” Educators like Mrs. McClenney have impacted countless lives in our community, which have, in turn, affected the lives around them. Like ripples on the water, her influence is far-reaching beyond its initial point of contact. I am one of those ripples extending from her love of teaching and the joy of seeing the best in each child. I aspire to continue Mrs. McClenney’s legacy of compassion and educational rigor in partnership with the talented teachers and staff of Frances W. McClenney Elementary.
I look forward to building strong relationships with students, families, and the community. Please know that my door is always open. Feel free to contact me to discuss concerns, suggestions, and ideas to help make this year the best yet!
I am very excited and honored to join the Gator Family! I look forward to supporting an engaging educational setting that not only encourages students to reach beyond their goals, but also strive to become lifelong learners. Together as a team, I am committed to partner with teachers, parents, and community members to provide students with the most optimal academic instruction.
I bring to McClenney Elementary over 14 years of educational experience serving in roles such as Instructional Coach, Title 1 Reading Teacher, and classroom educator for grades Kg through 4th. I am a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Elementary Education. I have also earned a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Richmond.
It is a privilege to serve the students, faculty, and families of McClenney Elementary and together, we will make this an amazing year of growth and achievement! Please know that my door is always open!