Ms. Kenwyn Schaffner, Principal
Prior to becoming principal of Jamestown Elementary School in July of 2011, Kenwyn Schaffner served as the the assistant principal from 2005-2011. Before joining the administrative team at Jamestown, she served for four years as the assistant principal of Randolph Elementary School in Arlington. She has extensive training and experience in the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Her formal education includes two master’s degrees, one in special education, the other in educational leadership, as well as extensive training and experience in language acquisition and instructional technology. She is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and has taught in five states and internationally.
Ms. Schaffner has been a classroom teacher, a resource teacher, an instructional technology coordinator, a coordinator of family literacy programs, and a coordinator of adult ESOL programs. With experience at each grade level from kindergarten through community college, she understands the educational continuum and appreciates the skills, aptitudes, and attitudes that need to be developed in elementary school students.
Her door is always open to students, staff, parents, and community members. She is dedicated to the education of all children.
Welcome Our New Assistant Principal: Ms. Heather Hurley!
Prior to becoming the Assistant Principal of Jamestown, Ms. Hurley, for the past eight years, has been an APS Instructional Technology Coordinator (ITC) at both Arlington Traditional and Glebe Schools. Before relocating to Arlington, Virginia from Massachusetts, she was the K-8 Instructional Technology Specialist for the Baker School in Brookline, Massachusetts and a Director of Staff Development for Sun Associates Educational Technology Integration Inc.
Ms. Hurley is certified as both an elementary classroom teacher, for children in preschool - grade 6, and a special education teacher, with a focus on learning and emotional disabilities. She has ten years of teaching experience at the elementary level. She started out as a classroom teacher in first and third grades where her passion was that every one of her students learned to love the process of learning. Her mission as a teacher was to ensure that no child ever left her classroom frustrated.
Ms. Hurley is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s program in Educational Supervision and Administration; earned a M.Ed. in educational technology from Lesley University in Massachusetts, and a B.S. in education from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She is a SMART Exemplary Educator, a STAR Discovery Educator and a member of the Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council.