Welcome to the Beaverdam Elementary School Website! It is my
hope that you find the information included to be helpful to
you. I am so excited to begin my sixth year at Beaverdam.
This is such a special community and it is a pleasure
serving as your principal! Our theme this year is, "Camp
Leadership Exploring the Paths to Leading and Learning." We
hope that our "Camp" experience will help all our students
to find the leader in themselves.
Our unique EDGE (Early-childhood Developmentally Guided
Education) program provides each child the opportunity for
continuous instruction from the same teacher for two years.
Teachers "loop" from either grades kindergarten to first,
second to third, or fourth to fifth. This provides
additional instructional time by reducing the amount of time
typically needed for getting acquainted and wrapping up the
year. It also provides consistency from year to year as
well as a strong feeling of classroom community.
This year, we will continue our momentum for growing leaders
at Beaverdam through our Leader in Me initiative. Our staff
is dedicated to teaching the principles of leadership
through Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People. Our staff has been trained in incorporating
these skills and this specific language into every aspect of
the learning process. These skills have been proven to
increase achievement, decrease discipline issues, and
increase engagement among students, parents, and teachers.
By deepening our students' understanding of what it means to
be a leader, we will foster the confidence necessary for
them to thrive in the 21st century. In this
fourth year of implementing The Leader in Me, we will
continue to focus on empowering students with leadership
opportunities while helping them to set their goals and
chart their progress. We will also be setting school wide,
classroom, and individual goals to help take each child and,
in turn, our school to the next level of achievement!
It is our desire as
educators to prepare our students for long term success in
the classroom and in life! As we incorporate the teaching of
leadership skills into our rigorous academic curriculum, we
hope you join us in encouraging our vision of "Learning to
Lead and Leading to Learn!"
Beaverdam Elementary School! I am very excited about the
2017-2018 school year where “Learning is an Adventure of a
Lifetime!” I look forward to working with all of our
students, parents, and community members throughout the
I am super excited
to start my first full year as Assistant Principal at BES
and my 16th year in education! I grew up in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania and graduated from Indiana University of
Pennsylvania in 2002, and then received my Master’s from the
University of Virginia. I began career teaching third grade
in Richmond City Public Schools for four years and then
moved to South Anna Elementary School after marrying my
husband. I taught both fourth and fifth grade at South Anna
for eleven years. Outside of school, I enjoy reading,
walking, and spending time with my husband, children,
family, and friends.
As we embark on
the new school year, I look forward to working with all our
students and family members. My goal this year is to
continue to build relationships with all of our BES families
in order to create a positive learning environment. Please
feel free to contact me at any time during the school year.
Working together as a team, we are helping to mold lifelong
learners, and productive members of our society!