“Children are our purpose. If they matter to you they matter to us.” This is the motto I live by each day. Being a principal now for 10 years is to me a treat. I enjoy seeing the school, staff, and community grow and come together. I was drawn to Drew because of its unique Montessori and Traditional programs, it’s diverse student population, CETA connection and it’s dedicated professional staff. I am truly impressed with the parents, community partners and APS staff for their commitment to the children of Drew.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my family. Our favorite place to visit is Disney World. I have a love for reading about reading and new technologies that promote the success of students. I believe that our children’s best chance of success in today’s world is through a great education. At Drew, dragons may roar but our children will soar. I am grateful to be the principal and look forward to a great school year.
QUOTE: "Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insist they become the best they can possible be." - Rita Pierson, Educator
I've been an educational leader for over 20 years. I have served as a
classroom teacher, an instructional leader, and assistant principal/principal
at a variety of public schools in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. In 2012, I happily joined Arlington Public Schools
as the Assistant Principal for Drew Model School. My previous experience at a Montessori
Charter School in Fredrick, MD, helped me earn the role as the lead
administrator for the Montessori Program at Drew Model. I have a Masters Degree in Montessori and
Elementary Education with an Ed.S in Administration. I'm very excited to be embarking on my third
year at Drew and look forward to another wonderful school year.
QUOTE: “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” - Walt Disney
I have been an educator in the Arlington County Public Schools for the past 15 years. I joined APS after graduating from the University of Virginia, where I received a Master's Degree in Teaching. I have been an elementary school classroom teacher, a Title I reading teacher, a Parent Outreach coordinator, and the Title I Supervisor in the Arlington Public School District. During my years in the classroom, I was trained in Reading Recovery and taught several literacy courses for teachers in Arlington County. I received National Board Certified certification in 2003 and was honored by The University of Virginia Curry School as a Teacher of Excellence. I completed my administrative endorsement through George Mason University in 2006. I live in Arlington with my husband and two children, Lilly (8) and Eli (6).
QUOTE: "Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates