Welcoming Principal Mark Phillips!

I am the proud father of three young sons, the oldest of which has special needs. This role as a Dad and also a father of a special needs child, has reshaped my life, and brought a depth I never thought possible. I am so blessed and happy to be their father. I currently reside in Glen Allen, VA but I have also lived in New Jersey, Texas and Fairfax Virginia (where I was born). I am also a HUGE Washington Redskins fan. I have always been sports oriented and enjoyed playing college baseball and three years of semi-professional baseball.

Dr. Phillips is excite to be at Amelia Street School! I received my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina, and received my PhD from Walden University. My dissertation titled Factors of Academic Success in Low Income K-3 Students, was published in June of 2011. During the next five years, I see myself as an administrator in Richmond Public Schools and would like to continue writing and being an advocate for low income students as well as children with special needs.

Dr. Phillips I have teaching experience in both elementary and middle school levels and I have worked as a reading interventionist while living in Texas. I have been a mentor teacher and teacher evaluator. I have taught Special Education for students ranging from Kindergarten to eighth grade as well as being a middle school Social Studies teacher. I believe in the inherent ability that all students can achieve academic success!

As a principal in South Carolina for 5 years, I have lead schools ranging from PreK-8th grade. My strengths include trouble shooting, strong communication skills, and problem solving abilities. I am able to facilitate a shared vision reflecting excellence and focus, and I am comfortable with leading and developing strategies that enhance teaching and learning. In my current position, I have numerous opportunities to manage and mold the school organization including its operation and use of resources to create an efficient and effective learning environment. It is my honor to be your principal at Amelia Street School!