Principal's Bio

Ms. Shannon Washington

Phone: (804)780-4821


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Elementary Education, English, and Sociology from Norfolk State University Masters of Arts in Urban Education with an emphasis on PreK-12 School Counseling from Norfolk State University PreK-12 Supervision and Administration Endorsement from Norfolk State University Educational Specialist Degree in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University

Ms. Shannon Washington

My Educational Philosophy

I believe the children are our future...
I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I will assist children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. I have a vision of a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes life so fascinating.

Teach them well and let them lead the way...
Every classroom presents a unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as a principal is to give children and teachers the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to my staff the importance of teaching to EVERY student so that all learners can feel capable and successful. Finally, I will tie learning into the world community to help children become caring and active members of society.

Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride...
My school will be a caring, safe, and equitable environment where each child can blossom and grow. I will allow children to become responsible members of our school community by using strategies such as class meetings, positive discipline, and democratic principles. In showing children how to become responsible for themselves as well as their own learning, I am giving them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves, and to love themselves.

Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be...
Teaching is a lifelong learning process of learning about new philosophies and new strategies, learning from the parents and community, learning from colleagues, and especially learning from the children. Children have taught me to open my mind and my heart to the joys, the innocence, and the diversity of ideas in the world. Because of this, I will never forget how to smile with the new, cherish the old, and laugh with the children.

All About Me:

Favorite Food- Chipotle

Favorite Drink- Classic Mountain Dew

Favorite Book: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Favorite Football Team: Washington Redskins

Favorite Hobby: Spending quality time with my family and dog child, Riley.

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld

Favorite Color(s): Green, gray, brown, and black

Role Model(s): My Third Grade Teacher, Ms. Susan Smith.