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RPS Names New Principals for the 2020-2021 School Year

RPS Names New Principals for the 2020-2021 School Year

Richmond, VA - Richmond Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of new principals for the 2020-21 year.

“In each one of these candidates we saw great leaders who we know will lead with love and inspire our students to greatness,” said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras.

Principals have been named for Open High School and for each of our 5 preschool centers; Blackwell Preschool Center, Mary Scott Preschool Center, Maymont Preschool Center, MLK, Jr. Preschool Center, and Summer Hill Preschool Center.

“Every student deserves to have a school leader that will set high expectations and provide a loving and motivating environment,” said School Board Chairwoman Linda Owen. “I’m excited to welcome these new principals to our RPS family.”

The principal announcements are as follows:


Clary Carleton, Principal, Open High School

Clary Carleton has spent her entire career teaching and leading at Open High School in Richmond, VA.  Most recently, Clary served at the Interim Principal of Open High School and for the previous 20 years, taught AP English Literature and served as Open HS’s Administrative Dean where she coordinated the elective program, built community partnerships, and focused on whole-school initiatives. Clary earned her Bachelor’s in Art History from George Mason University, her Master’s in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Richmond. In addition, Clary is a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and was named the 2017 Richmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year.


Dr. Victoria M.O. Hampton, Principal, Maymont Preschool Center

Dr. Victoria M.O. Hampton has spent her career as an educational advocate and leader, fostering positive relationships with students, teachers, families, and communities in order to support student success. Most recently, Victoria served as the Assistant Principal of Lakemont Elementary in Petersburg City Public Schools where she focused on building a positive school climate for the students and staff, while working to improve student learning outcomes and create a culture of excellence. Victoria has held various leadership roles including Professional Development Specialist, Instructional Specialist, and Academic Interventionist. She began her career as an elementary school teacher at J.L. Francis Elementary. Victoria earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Virginia Union University, a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Averett University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership & Administration from Capella University. 


Crystal Hartsfield, Principal, MLK, Jr. Preschool Center

Crystal Hartsfield has spent her career in Richmond Public Schools implementing strategies to close opportunity gaps for minority students, supporting teachers and partnering with families in the education of their children. Crystal most recently served as Building Leader at MLK Preschool Center. Previously, Crystal served as an Instructional Coach and Inclusion Teacher. Crystal earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Union University. She also obtained a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University. In addition, Crystal earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Longwood University. She is also a product of Richmond Public Schools.


Dr. Johnnye Massenburg-Johnson, Principal, Mary Scott Preschool Center

Dr. Johnnye Massenburg-Johnson has spent her career ensuring that all children, especially our youngest learners, receive quality education and are provided with on-going and varied cultural experiences necessary to be successful.   Johnnye has served Richmond Public Schools for 32 years, most recently she served as the Preschool Manager for RPS’s early childhood program.  Prior to coming to RPS, Johnnye served as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist for Durham City and Baltimore City Public Schools and also served as an Adjunct Professor at Virginia State University. She received her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Hampton University, MS in Audiology from Towson State University, MS in Theology from Richmond Virginia Seminary, MS in Educational Leadership, MS in Crisis Trauma and Disaster Care from Liberty University and Th.D. in Theology from Piedmont Theological Institute.


Dr. Elaine Probst Ed.D, Principal, Blackwell Preschool Center

Dr. Elaine Probst has more than 25 years of Early Childhood and Elementary Education experience focused on building collaborative relationships with parents, staff, students, and community partners. Most recently Elaine served as the Building Lead for Blackwell Preschool where she worked to build an atmosphere of accountability, love, and support for students with an emphasis on community outreach.  Prior to serving as a Building Lead, Elaine served as a Lead Coach for the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus Grant where she helped to assist teachers with best instructional practices in the classroom, conducted workshops to help teachers implement Creative Curriculum, and led Teacher Learning Communities to help improve individual teacher practice. Elaine earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bennett College in Greensboro North Carolina. She went on to earn both a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia State University.


Kelly Tobe, Principal, Summer Hill Preschool Center

Kelly Tobe has spent her career as an instructional leader focused on quality outcomes for students, staff and families. As a school leader Kelly led several Title I schools to accreditation in both Chesterfield and Petersburg. Kelly has held central office and administrative positions including assistant principal, VPI+ Coordinator and adjunct professor at VCU. During her time as VPI+ coordinator, the preschool classrooms held the highest CLASS ratings in the state. Kelly holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Speech from Indiana University, a teaching degree from University of Richmond, and a Master’s in Reading from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also has two Post-Master’s Certificates in Administration and English as a Second Language. Her three daughters are proud graduates of Richmond Public Schools.