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Administrative Team                                                                                                                                                                                     

Mr. Ryan Stein feels lucky to be apart of the Greenwood family and firmly believes that nothing great can be accomplished without enthusiasm. For the past 14 years, Stein has experiences as a Principal, Associate Principal, Resource Teacher, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, a head varsity basketball coach, and eight years of hands-on teaching in diverse communities.  Stein has been recognized by Henrico County Public Schools, the State of Virginia, and on a national scale as an elite educator and as a pioneer for student engagement, innovation and achievement.  Stein conducts college and teaching workshops throughout Virginia sharing his enthusiasm and innovative ideas on how to differentiate, engage, educate, and inspire students. He developed a comprehensive teaching tool that has been implemented in hundreds of schools called History MVP. He also has created music album, Ryan Stein Presents History MVP, containing 20 songs filled with the social studies content. Recently, he has written a book, Lifeline 65,  which will be released in March 2019 providing innovative strategies on how to build a culture of excellence through authentic connection. Stein, Randolph Macon graduate in 2004, received his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. Most importantly, Stein married the love of his life in 2011, Kimberly, and they have two children Bryce Alexander (4) and Bexley Anne (3).  As a student, teacher, administrator and father, Mr. Ryan Stein has a true passion for making a difference in the lives of children.

Ms. Katie Taylor  is excited to begin year two as the Associate Principal.  She began her teaching career in her hometown of Dinwiddie County.  Six years ago she began teaching in Henrico at Highland Springs Elementary.  Ms. Taylor began her roles in leadership as the Resource Teacher at Glen Allen Elementary and a Summer Academy Coordinator for several summers.  She is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and the University of Richmond with a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  When Ms. Taylor is not working with children, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as her dog, Beau. Ms. Taylor is passionate about going above and beyond to meet the needs of our students and looking forward to another great year at Greenwood!

Mrs. Lesha Jacksonour resource teacher, is a 26 year veteran of Henrico County Public Schools and has enthusiastically served our Greenwood families since the doors of the school opened in 2004. A native of New Jersey, she attended the University of Virginia after graduating high school and now calls Glen Allen her home. She is passionate about children and enjoys helping them develop academically, socially and emotionally. She is married and has two children. She loves the beach, exercising, and singing! She truly is excited about this coming school year and the endless possibilities for the success of our Greenwood students. We are family, welcome to our house!

 

Ms. Holly Guelig, our school counselor, is going into her 6th year at Greenwood Elementary School, which she proudly refers to as her “second family.” She is from Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University (GO RAMS!!) with a degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Counselor Education. Additionally, she is a National Certified Counselor and holds a license in School Counseling. Her background includes working at a behavioral and mental health hospital with children and teens, leading parent support groups, and volunteering with Comfort Zone Camp as a healing circle leader for children who have lost a caregiver. When not at school, she enjoys staying healthy and fit through crossfit, weightlifting, and spending time in her kayak. She is an older sister and a dog mom to her Pug, Nibbler. Ms. Guelig loves being the school counselor for her Gator family! Welcome to our house!

Mrs. Debbie Taylor our school nurse, is grateful to begin her 26th year with Henrico County Public Schools.  She grew up in Henrico and attended Seven Pines, Fairfield and Varina. Her nursing education was also obtained through Henrico County Public Schools/St. Mary’s School of Practical Nursing.  Students first with their safety and well-being are her top priority. Gators are encouraged to always do their best and to remain in class unless they need to go home due to illness or injury.  Her husband of 35 years is her best friend and son Ryan, daughter Tracy and son-in-love, Josh, are all her pride and joy! Mrs. Taylor enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and eating chocolate. She looks forward to welcoming all students to the house and letting them know that we are all family.  Great success this school year for ALL the Greenwood gators.

 

Mrs. Jacquelyn Simien-Jones aka “Mrs. Jae” is so elated to be the financial secretary for Greenwood Elementary School and totally PUMPED to become a Gator.  Mrs. Jae was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She is very proud to be a Louisianian.  So, she will fit right in here at Greenwood with all the baby gators running around.  She loves NFL – New Orleans Saints and believes strongly in family, hugs and sweet tea.  Mrs. Jae has been married to her wonderful husband Terrence for 24 years, they have two grown daughters’ (Ashley and Andrea) and five adorable granddaughters’ (Kamryn, Kaidyn, Kendall, Kenzee and Khloe) whom she calls her little ladybugs; along with three Chihuahuas (Chi Chi, Lu Lu, and NOLA).  Mrs. Jae loves a celebration, and every holiday is her favorite holiday.  She is an eclectic music lover (Christmas) being her favorite.  Her favorite things in life are pjs, ladybugs, seahorses, baking, crafting and anything creative.  Give her a budget and watch her make it happen.  Mrs. Jae is looking forward to building a great relationship with the Greenwood Community.  GO GATORS!!!

 

Mrs. Rita Fandel is excited to join the Greenwood Gator community!  She has 19 years experience with Henrico County Schools as a School Registrar and as Attendance Secretary.  Mrs. Fandel is married to her husband George for the past 34 years. They have 3 grown daughters all products of Henrico County schools. Plus, two precious Granddaughters, Peyton & Addison. We can’t forget the Family dog, Sammy.  In her free time Mrs. Fandel enjoys, crafting, gardening, reading a good mystery, and playing in the Bell Choir at church.

 

 

 

PK Team                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mrs. Tarsha Ashford was born and raised in Mathews County, VA, a very small town where many of her family members currently reside.  Mathews County still has no traffic lights! She moved to Richmond, VA to further her education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  Tarsha’s experience working with children having exceptional needs began at The Faison School for Autism in 2003. She later became an early childhood special education teacher for Henrico County, starting off as a Longdale Tiger and moving on to become a Greenwood Gator!  In June, 2006, Tarsha traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort in St. Thomas, where she married one of her favorite people, Robert. Tarsha is the mother of 4 amazing kids and a 13-year old puppy, Prophet. Tarsha loves traveling, trying different restaurants, riding roller coasters, & if it is raining – binge watching television & movies.

 

Ms. Michelle Plunkett was born and raised in Chatham, Va.  She attended Danville Community College and received a Certificate in Social Work/Childcare in May 2000. Michelle moved to Richmond, Va in June 2000 so that her daughter (Shapre) with Cerebral Palsy could receive more services.  She started in Henrico County Public School in February 2005 as a Para-professional at Longdale Elementary School and currently has the same position at Greenwood. Michelle attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College from 2012-2014 and received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.  In her spare time, Michelle enjoys playing bingo, traveling, and shopping.

 

Mrs. Courtney Gibbons Plowcha  is an Early Childhood Special Education and Reverse Inclusion Preschool teacher here at Greenwood Elementary School. She has been teaching Exceptional Education in Henrico County for 16 years.  This coming school year will be her 10th at Greenwood. Ms. Courtney received her Undergraduate Degree in Speech Communication and Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College then made the switch to teaching 4 years later. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from VCU with endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities, and Multiple Disabilities. Ms. Courtney takes a holistic approach to education and is passionate about the positive impact early intervention has on the lives of children with special needs. Ms. Courtney has been married for 10 years to her husband, Mike, who works at Deep Run High School as the Technology Specialist. They have a 4-year-old daughter, and a 13-year-old Labrador/Beagle mix named Stella. When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Courtney enjoys being outside, reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Kim Carr is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education.  She has been fortunate to be involved in education for the past 28 years. Kim has an extremely patient husband named Tom, to whom she has been married for almost 23 years.  She has 4 beautiful daughters named Sophia, Sara, Kristi, and Amanda. She is also proud to be called “Grammy” by 3 gorgeous granddaughters, Lily, Adalyn, and Mandy. Kim enjoys reading, yoga, and NASCAR.  She has been at Greenwood for 10 years, and looks forward to many more with the Greenwood family. Go Gators!

 

 

Ms. Katherine Miller is a Richmond native and graduate of Henrico County Public Schools. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2013 and earned her M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education from VCU in 2015. Ms. Katherine was an Instructional Assistant at Greenwood Elementary during the 2015-2016 school year in the Preschool Autism class, and is thrilled to be rejoining the Greenwood family as teacher in the exact same classroom! For the past 2 years, she has taught in Hampton City Schools as a Pre-Kindergarten Inclusion teacher. Katherine is passionate about working with students with special needs and is looking forward to building a safe, nurturing, and fun-filled relationship with her class this year. She’s had a great summer getting reacquainted with everything Richmond has to offer and is ready to have some adventures with her fellow Greenwood Gators! Outside of school, Katherine loves trying new foods and restaurants, visiting museums, going to local food and art festivals, crafting, going to the movies, and asking to pet every dog she sees!

Mrs. Lauren Dean is excited to start her second year as a Greenwood Gator as a instructional assistant in the preschool autism classroom. She was born in Richmond, Virginia but moved to Bel Air, Maryland when she was twelve and lived there until 2013. She has over twelve years experience working with preschool age children and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Dean is married to her wonderful husband Rob and they have two daughters Abby(5) and Breanna(3). She is very excited for Abby to start kindergarten this year at Greenwood. Some of her favorite things are going to the beach, family game nights, and cherry pull and peel twizzlers. She is excited for the upcoming school year and proud to be apart of the Greenwood Family.

 

Ms. Hope Boatwright is excited to start her second year at Greenwood Elementary School. She grew up and went to school in upstate New York and recently moved to the Glen Allen area with husband of 30 years, and 2 amazing children. Hope is still exploring all the new adventures! She has been teaching in preschool for 20 years, both Special Education and Daycare settings. Hope loves working with each unique child and being part of a special family. Hope is looking forward to another great year at Greenwood.

 

 

Mrs. Teresa Jones is the Early Learning Preschool teacher at Greenwood.  She was born in Germany and as an Army “brat” spent most of her childhood traveling with her family, including four international tours.  She received a BS in accounting from Paine College in Augusta, GA and a MBA in finance from Atlanta University (currently known as Clark-Atlanta University).  She spent 12 years in the corporate sector and 2 years as a third party auditor. Leaving Corporate America, she spent 9 years as a substitute teacher in Georgia and with HCPS.  Shortly after moving to Glen Allen VA, she went back to school and obtained a Master of Teaching (PK-6th grade endorsement) from VCU in 2005.   She is excited to begin her 13th year of teaching in a PreK classroom – 5 years at Glen Lea Elementary, 4 years at New Bridge Learning Center, and going into her 4th year at Greenwood Elementary.  She was Glen Lea’s New Teacher of the Year in 2007 and New Bridge’s first Teacher of the Year in 2012.  She is happily married to her amazing husband Warren, to whom she’s been married to for 31 years. They have two adult children and two active grandsons.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to visit with extended family (9 siblings and her mom), and finding some quiet time with her husband.  Mrs. Jones is looking forwarded to another fabulous year in the “Preschool Family” at Greenwood – Welcome to our House.

Ms. Ashley Barnes works at Greenwood Elementary as an Instructional Assistant with the Preschool class. She attended Greenwood in 4th and 5th grade and is proud to say that this will be her 3rd year working alongside some of the teachers who taught when she attended.  Ashley is 22 years old. Her favorite things to do are go to the beach and soak up the sun, and she also enjoys quality time with her friends and family. She is an animal lover, except when it comes to reptiles. Ashley’s favorite colors are red, green, turquoise, and purple. She loves the winter and fall. But the most important thing for Ashley is making a difference in children’s lives by being the best educator and care provider she can be.

 

Mrs. Jan Wheeler  was born and raised in Buffalo New York.  She attended Ashland College in Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education.  She has been working in the field of education ever since. Jan is married and has 3 children. She also has a golden retriever named Ginger whom she is very fond of.  In her spare time, Jan enjoys hiking and being with friends. Her favorite place is a camp in the Adirondacks where she spent many summers. Jan will be based at Greenwood again this year.  However, most of her time will be spent at Jackson Davis, and Crestview Elementary where she will serve on the preschool evaluation team for both the Central West and West zones. She will be at Greenwood whenever possible, and will always consider herself a “Gator”.

 

Kindergarten Team                                                                                                                                                                                       


Mrs. Nicole Barker is ready to start her 13th year at Greenwood! She was born in New Jersey and moved to Virginia in the 4th grade. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from VCU (Go Rams!!). This will be Mrs. Barker’s 13th year teaching kindergarten. She believes in creating a positive and caring environment for all of her students. Mrs. Barker loves children’s books! She enjoys reading to her class, especially books by her favorite author Mo Willems. His Elephant and Piggie books make her giggle! Mrs. Barker is married to her high school sweetheart and they just celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. She is the mommy to two amazing kids, Jackson (turning 5 years old in September) and Grace (2 years old). She also has two adopted giant Yorkies, Benjamin and Sophie. In her free time she loves to read, bake with her kids, and shop at Target. Mrs. Barker travels with family and friends to OBX every summer. She loves to fly kites on the beach and play in the sand. Mrs. Barker is looking forward to another fantastic year with the fabulous Kindergarten Team and her newest KinderGators!

Mrs. Hallie Johnson, a kindergarten teacher, is so excited to start her 8th year at Greenwood with a new batch of KinderGators! Hallie was born and raised right here in Richmond, Virginia. She attended James Madison University for her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary liberal studies, and her graduate degree in Elementary Education. She believes in educating the whole child and making sure that every child feels safe, secure, and free to make mistakes in her classroom. She currently resides in Henrico County’s west end with her husband, Bradford, and their dog, Fred. In her free time she loves to read and craft! She can’t wait for school and to see what amazing things the 2018-2019 school year will bring! Go Gators!

 

Ms. Robin Milwit is happy to be part of the kindergarten team at Greenwood.  Born and raised in Johnstown, PA, Robin graduated with a Master’s of Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She did her internship at Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and realized the power of human connection. She became a teacher to help children grow as confident, competent, and caring human beings. Her first classroom experience was teaching kindergarten at the IUP University School. After college, she worked as a professional development trainer where she gave teachers the tools to incorporate weather and technology into their classrooms in meaningful and cross-curricular ways.  After working for several years in the corporate sector, Robin returned to the classroom where she taught 1st grade in Montgomery County, MD. Robin’s family relocated to Glen Allen shortly thereafter. Since then, she has been a part of the Greenwood Gator family as a mom, volunteer, Intervention Specialist, Mentor Coordinator and Kindergarten teacher. This is Robin’s 7th year teaching Kindergarten at Greenwood. She lives in Glen Allen, VA, with her husband and two children.  Her son, Zack, is a 10th grader at Glen Allen High School, and her daughter, Cammie, is a 7th grader at Hungary Creek Middle School. When Robin is not at school, you can find her teaching fitness classes at American Family Fitness, watching her kids’ extracurricular events, or cheering for her Pittsburgh Steelers!

Mrs. Jean Sferlazza is excited to begin her eighth year at Greenwood Elementary School and is looking forward to another fantastic year in Kindergarten. During her time at Greenwood she has worked as an instructional assistant, interventionist, first grade and kindergarten teacher. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University, she worked in healthcare management. Realizing that teaching was her true passion, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Dowling College as well as post graduate work in special education. Prior to moving to Virginia, she taught first, third, and fourth grades in Florida. She was also a Read 180 teacher, teaching reading to fourth and fifth grade students. During her time teaching in Florida, she became increasingly interested in teaching reading and completed her Master’s in Reading. She lives in Glen Allen with her husband, high school age twin boys and her oldest son who is in college. During her free time she likes to travel, read, and spend time with her family and friends in Florida. Mrs. Sferlazza can’t wait to meet her new kindergarten class and begin a year of fun-filled learning!

Ms. Kayla Compton is delighted to start her second year of teaching here at Greenwood Elementary School and cannot wait to see what this year has in store! She has lived in Virginia her whole life, but recently became a new resident of Richmond and is excited to get to know the area! Ms. Compton graduated from Christopher Newport University where she received her Master’s of Art in Teaching and her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in childhood studies. During her Graduate year Ms. Compton had the opportunity to study abroad in San Pedro Belize and educate students in a local elementary school. Ms. Compton strives to make her classroom a positive and upbeat place for her students to grow and learn! In her free time you may find Ms. Compton laying on the beach or searching for puppies to play with! She looks forward to a fun-packed year in Kindergarten!  

 

1st Grade Team                                                                                                                                                                                              

Mrs. Meredyth Rutman is starting her seventeenth year of teaching.  Her first nine years were spent in Kindergarten and the remainder in First Grade.  She grew up in Morris Plains, NJ with her mom, dad and sister. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  While at Virginia Tech, Mrs. Rutman had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy. While she was there, she learned about the Reggio Emilia teaching approach, which focuses the teaching curriculum around the specific needs and interests of the children.  While teaching in Henrico County, Mrs. Rutman traveled to China to learn various teaching approaches and strategies. She also wrote a children’s book with her husband, entitled, The Couch Potato Classroom. This book which emphasizes the importance of exercise during the school day to further enhance learning.  The book serves as an exercise “brain break” for both teacher and students. Mrs. Rutman is married to her wonderful husband, Rhett, who is a P.E. Teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary. She also has two beautiful children, Casey and Tyler. In her spare time, Mrs. Rutman likes being with her family. Some of their favorite things to do together are traveling, attending sporting events and playing games together. Mrs. Rutman has been a Greenwood Gator since the school first opened in 2004.  She feels very proud to be a part of such an amazing family and she can’t wait for all of the exciting things that this school year has to bring…Welcome to our House!

Ms. Katie Hall  is excited for her third year as a first grade teacher!  She grew up and currently lives on a farm in western Hanover County, which has been in her family for four generations.  She graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a BA in Developmental Psychology and Elementary Education. Ms. Hall has been a part of the Greenwood community since 2011, initially working with the K-2  Exceptional Education team and then as an intervention teacher for four years. In her spare time, she enjoys tracing her genealogy, and she loves searching through old records and visiting historic sites. She is also an avid reader and a huge music fan. She loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as caring for the animals on her family farm!

 

Mr. Danny Jones is starting his 6th year teaching 1st grade.  He has lived in the area for 5 years now and loves everything about Greenwood Elementary School!  Danny is happy to now be apart of it all! He grew up in Northern Virginia wanting to follow in his mother’s footsteps as an elementary school teacher.  While attending college at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, Danny played basketball and took teacher prep classes to confirm his interests in teaching.  Danny graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2011 with a History Degree. Immediately after college he committed himself to Richmond University to get his teaching certificate. Danny is currently taking classes to receive his master’s degree in Teaching and Learning – Leadership from Liberty University. He enjoys teaching, coaching, and learning! Danny loves to play basketball and traveling to different historical sites around Virginia! Danny loves teaching first grade because he never feels like he wants to grow up!

 

Ms. Sarah Peña is thrilled to be joining the Greenwood Elementary Family. This will be her sixth year teaching first grade. Ms. Peña first fell in love with teaching as an undergraduate student studying public policy and sociology at Syracuse University when she volunteered with Jumpstart for Young Children, an early-literacy nonprofit organization that pairs college students with HeadStart preschoolers. She adored every minute spent with students! She felt inspired by their constant curiosity, endless energy, natural inclination to question and infinite, exquisite potential. Since then Ms. Peña has dedicated her career to serving students and families in a wide variety of settings from Durham, NC to London, UK to Providence, RI. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Brown University in 2011. She currently lives in Richmond with her college sweetheart, Jason, their two sons, Jameson (5) and Milo (2), and their beloved rescue pup, Ollie. When Ms. Peña’s not in the classroom she can be found assisting at Jameson’s bustling lemonade stand, building forts, cheering on t-ball teams, cleaning up craft supplies, sneaking off with a cup of peppermint tea to read, jumping Cape Cod waves in the summer, skiing down slopes in the winter, and visiting with her family spread out all across the U.S. and beyond from the Dominican Republic to Ireland.

 

Ms. Lyndsey Smith is starting her 5th year of teaching, and second year at Greenwood!  She grew up in Henrico and attended Hermitage High School. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams) with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education.  She has previously taught 4th and 1st grade. She enjoys teaching first grade because she loves to see children find their love for reading. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Kato. She is a huge VCU basketball fan and attends as many games as possible with her dad.  She enjoys working on projects for her house and doing lots of crafting projects. She is looking forward to another great school year with her first grade gators!!

 

 

2nd Grade Team                                                                                                                                                                                             

Ms. Laurie Casey, 2nd grade teacher, is excited about her eighteenth year of teaching! She has been a teacher at Greenwood for 10 years.  Ms. Casey has taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. She loves sharing her love of vocabulary and reading with all of her students.  Ms. Casey grew up moving around quite a bit as her father was in the Air Force. She has lived in the Richmond area for the last 19 years.  She graduated from Radford University with a degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Casey adores spending time with her two wonderful daughters and their goofy dog, Dakota.  They all enjoy spending time outdoors and being active. Ms. Casey is a huge Disney fan and thinks Disney World is indeed the “Happiest Place on Earth” and loves to visit.

 

Mrs. Leslie Goodman  is proud of being a product of Henrico County Schools.  She attended Chamberlayne Elementary, Brookland Middle, and Henrico High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Radford University. After a few years of teaching, she began working on her Master’s Degree at VCU.  She earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Prior to working at Greenwood, she worked at Chamberlayne Elementary, teaching kindergarten and 2nd grade.  Being a teacher at the school she attended brought back many fond memories. She began teaching at Greenwood when the school opened in 2004 and has taught 2nd and 3rd grade. Creative lessons, that are engaging and interesting, are her favorite lessons to teach.  She is married with two children who attend Hungary Creek, and Glen Allen High. She enjoys spending time with her family while attending local events, trying out new restaurants, and traveling.

 

Mrs. Cindy Leigh a second grade teacher, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Eastern University, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University.  Mrs. Leigh began her teaching career in NJ, before relocating to VA. She has been teaching for over 30 years, and is entering her 29th year as an Henrico County teacher, where she has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  Mrs. Leigh is a cancer survivor, an experience that has inspired her motivation to make the most of every day. She and her husband Scott have been married for 35 years. While living in the Dominican Republic, they climbed the highest mountain in the West Indies, Pico Duarte (elevation just over 10,000’!)  Life is exciting with their two adult children, Rachel and Joshua! As the Greenwood Student Council Association advisor, Mrs. Leigh looks forward to facilitating new and exciting school spirit and community service projects this year. She is excited to meet her students and get them started on their second grade journey!

 

Mrs. Karen Martin, a second grade teacher, is excited to begin her 13th year of teaching here at Greenwood!  Mrs. Martin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She worked for the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired for 14 years before returning to school at the University of Richmond to earn her teaching certificate.  Mrs. Martin is married with two very active boys, Christopher (11) and Benjamin (9), a cat Peanut and a new dog, Roxy. When not at school, she loves to spend time reading a good book, watching her kids at karate and other sports, and spending time with family and friends.  Mrs. Martin is looking forward to this school year and hopes to empower all her students to reach their full potential!

 

Mrs. Emily Thompson is thrilled to be joining the Greenwood family as a second grade teacher! A proud product of Henrico County Public Schools, Mrs. Thompson attended Carver Elementary, Byrd Middle, and Godwin High School. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, Mrs. Thompson moved to Florida to pursue her childhood dream of working with marine mammals! Apart from building relationships with the dolphins, her favorite part of the job was educating student groups about the importance of marine conservation. Her passion for teaching ultimately led her to the University of Richmond’s graduate education program to earn her teaching certificate. Mrs. Thompson is the mother of two kitties (Tiger Lily and Pockets), an avid reader, a cupcake enthusiast, a Steelers fan, and an advocate of teaching the importance of growth mindset to her students. She cannot wait to dive into the new school year with her second grade Gators!

 

3rd Grade Team                                                                                                                                                                                              

Ms. Tricia Conlon is so excited to begin her journey as a Gator for her fifth year of teaching third grade! Ms. Conlon previously taught third grade in High Point, North Carolina after attending High Point University majoring in Elementary Education. She is originally from Rehoboth, Delaware where she loves to spend her summer vacation relaxing on the beach. Ms. Conlon loves all things nautical, anything sports related, and her six nieces and nephews, two of whom are here in Henrico County! She is thrilled to begin this new chapter and cannot wait to meet and grow with all of the amazing Greenwood students, families, and staff this year!

 

 

Mrs. Nicolle Farrar, a third grade teacher, is a product of Henrico County Public Schools.  She attended RC Longan, Tuckahoe Middle, and JR Tucker. She graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education. She is delighted to begin her 23rd year of teaching.  She has also taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Mrs. Farrar has been teaching at Greenwood since it opened in 2004. She was Greenwood’s Teacher of the Year in 2007/08. She is happily married with 2 amazing daughters, Sydney and Addyson.  She loves spending time with her family, going to movies, gardening, and baking. Mrs. Farrar loves being a Greenwood Gator and is looking forward to another amazing new school year!

 

Mrs. Donna Kouri, a third grade teacher, is thrilled to be working with young minds to help them cultivate into life-long learners. She is a product of Henrico County Public Schools; she attended Skipwith Elementary, Tuckahoe Middle, and J.R. Tucker High School. She loves being a teacher and is happy to be working in a field she loves. She was recently selected by her peers as Teacher of the Year 2017.  Greenwood Elementary is her second home and cannot wait to meet her students and have the school year to begin. A great 2018-2019 School Year lies ahead!

 

 

Mrs. LeYuani Wilson is a product of Henrico County Public Schools having attended Pinchbeck Elementary, Byrd Middle, and Douglas Freeman High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from JMU, where she was a cheerleader and track athlete. She worked in television as an Outside Promotions Director until she earned her Master’s in Education from VCU. Ms. Wilson has enjoyed teaching for 23 years. She has taught eight years at Greenwood and has been honored to receive the Henrico21 award three times. Last spring, she earned her gifted endorsement from VCU. She is the proud mother of four wonderful children-2 daughters, Halston and Jantsen, and girl/boy twins, Britton and Braeden. She loves to spend her free time traveling, eating out with her family, reading, cheering on her children at their high school and college track meets, and whenever the opportunity presents itself, relaxing by the beach. She’s excited to meet her new third graders and to present them with unique learning opportunities throughout this school year!

Mrs. Leslie Wrighter, a third grade teacher, is a product of Henrico County Public Schools. She attended Longan Elementary School, Tuckahoe Middle School, and Tucker High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University. She is celebrating her twenty second year of teaching and has been a part of Greenwood Elementary since its opening in 2004. She was recognized as Greenwood’s Teacher of the Year in 2008. She is married and has two daughters, Kieran age 14 and Kellie age 11. She spends many hours watching Kieran play softball and Kellie participate in karate. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing with neighbors and taking walks with her daughters and her black lab. Mrs. Wrighter is proud to teach at Greenwood and is excited to welcome her students back to school!

 

4th Grade Team                                                                                                                                                                                               

Mrs. Mandi Green  is so excited about starting her seventh year of teaching this fall! Mandi grew up in the suburbs of Lynchburg, VA, and knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009, where she was a cheerleader for both the football and basketball teams. GO HOKIES!! Mandi now lives in Hanover County with her husband and two young boys. She loves fishing, swimming, being outside, spending time with her family, decorating her home, and shopping! Mandi is looking forward to a great year in fourth grade and can’t wait to meet her fellow Gratos House members!

 

 

Mrs. Maura Farmer is thrilled to moving up to 4th grade!  Mrs. Farmer is embarking on her 13th year in the classroom, having taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.  She is an RVA native and graduated from VCU with a B.S. in 2006, and earned her Master’s Degree in 2014 from Regent University.  Mrs. Farmer has a passion for reading, and hopes to inspire her students to become lifelong learners and avid readers. When not at school, Mrs. Farmer enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, reading (everything!), and watching sports.  Mrs. Farmer loves being a Greenwood Gator, and is looking forward to working with her students and their families!

 

 

Mrs. Lecia Meekins a fourth grade teacher, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and in Petersburg, Virginia. She graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she began her teaching career in Norfolk Public Schools. She taught grades first, third, and fourth.  In 2001, she moved to Henrico, Virginia where she has continued teaching grades fourth and fifth. She is a proud mother of one son. He is attending Liberty University and is working on his master’s in Sports Management. She is an active member of her church and neighborhood civic league. In her spare time Mrs. Meekins enjoys spending time with her family and riding her motorcycle with her husband Ricky and friends. Mrs. Meekins is looking forward to a fantastic year in fourth grade.

 

Mrs. Jessica Stone, is thrilled to be a new 4th and 5th grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary. She attended public school in Rockingham County, and taught there the past four years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Pre-k through 6th grade from Bridgewater College. Currently, she is taking classes to achieve a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Students can expect to use technology often in her classroom. Mrs. Stone was previously a 6th grade Reading and English teacher and is excited to continue to teach Reading and English as well as VA Studies. She recently moved to Richmond with her husband after their wedding in mid-July this year. Her husband, Phillip, is a medical student at MCV studying to become a surgeon. In her spare time, Mrs. Stone can be found reading a book, going to the gym, drinking coffee, or taking her 8 pound Morkie, Leo, for a walk. Mrs. Stone is so excited to be teaching in Henrico County and is looking forward to a great year with her students!

Mrs. Carter Turner is a fourth grade teacher, grew up in the Hanover District.  She attended Battlefield Elementary, Stonewall Middle, and Lee-Davis High School.  Mrs. Turner is a JMU graduate- Go Dukes! She received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at Greenwood her entire career of 11 years.  In her spare time, she likes to travel with her husband and their dog, Zoe. One of her favorite places to visit is Charleston, South Carolina. She also enjoys reading, going to the gym, and trying out new restaurants. Mrs. Turner looks forward to a great year with her fourth graders!

 

 

5th Grade Team                                                                                                                                                                                              

Mrs. Kati Baum was born and raised in Upstate New York in the small town of Horseheads.  She made her way to Virginia in 2002 to attend Radford University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She began her teaching career in Stafford County, but soon made her way to Henrico. In 2009, Mrs. Baum earned her gifted endorsement from UVA.  She is excited to begin her 14th year of teaching, 13 of which have been at Greenwood.  Mrs. Baum is proud to be a Greenwood Gator and loves teaching fourth and fifth grade!  When she isn’t at school, her husband and three young children keep her busy. The two oldest (Lily and Landon) are also proud to be Gators.  They enjoy reading together (especially Harry Potter), being outside, and Disney vacations!

 

Mrs. C. Edwards a fifth grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School. She was born in Richmond, Virginia and attended Richmond Public Schools. She graduated from John Marshall High School.  She attended Radford University receiving two degrees in the Field of Education. A degree in Early Childhood Education and a degree in Upper Elementary. Her first teaching experience started with Richmond Public Schools.  Later seeking employment with Henrico Public Schools, she taught 3rd and 5th grade at Glen Lea Elementary School and 5th grade at Baker Elementary School.  She taught 5th grade for 13 years at Greenwood Elementary School.  Mrs. C. Edwards loves teaching, and is a very family oriented person.  She loves spending time with her husband and two children, Brittani and Carlton, Jr.  Mrs. C. Edwards and her family loves to travel and to attend her son’s track meets. Their favorite place to visit is Disney World, enjoying all of the major attractions and electrifying parades.      

Ms. Anne Koenig  is a 5th Grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary.  As the child of a career-long Henrico first-grade teacher, she grew up “behind the scenes” of an elementary school classroom. Raised in Rockville, she went through Hanover County Public Schools and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 2001. After having many teachers that inspired her, she knew that she eventually wanted to become a teacher. After high school, she went to University of Virginia and majored in Foreign Affairs-Politics and Anthropology. After a three-year stint working in sales, marketing, and business management in Falls Church, Virginia and Washington, DC, she moved back to University of Richmond to get her Masters Degree in Education.  After substitute teaching around the county at various schools, Mrs. Koenig taught kindergarten and fifth grade at Highland Springs Elementary for five years. This will be her fifth year at Greenwood Elementary teaching fifth grade. She loves fifth grade because she watches students transition into young adults who are ready for middle school. She also loves the subject matter, especially math and science. When not at school, she loves spending time with her husband and two young sons, Asa and Gus, and little dog, Lilly.

Mr. Charles E. Taylor, Jr., a fifth grade teacher, is a Richmond native, growing up the youngest of five, in North Richmond. After attending Old Dominion University, he started his career in corporate America, most recently as a financial analyst. He has been in the field of education for 13 years, starting as a full-time IA with Henrico County, while completing his degree in education with VCU and Mary Baldwin. He spent one year as a lead exceptional education teacher with Richmond Public Schools, before returning to Henrico County in the same capacity. He has taught 5th grade for the last 9 years. The 2018-2019 school year will be his 3rd with the Greenwood family. In his spare time, Mr. Taylor enjoys relaxing with his family, celebrating holidays, and watching Nat-Geo Wild. One of his dream vacations is to go on safari in Africa. #We Are Family! #Welcome To Our House!

 

Exceptional Education                                                                                                                                                                                   

Samantha Hilton (Ex. Ed Teacher), is thrilled to join the Greenwood family as an Exceptional Education teacher! This is her fifth year teaching Exceptional Education for Henrico County Public Schools. Ms. Hilton earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s degree in Special Education from Radford University. Not only has Ms. Hilton worked with students in Virginia, but she has traveled to Malawi, Africa to work with teachers and students to help provide services for all learners! Originally from Tappahannock, VA, Ms. Hilton likes to consider herself as a “rivah rat”! When not in the classroom, she loves to spend time with her family, discover new restaurants throughout RVA and is busy trying to keep up with her one year old, Anne Wesley! Ms. Hilton is so excited for the new school year and to be apart of the Greenwood community!

Mr. Jake Anderson (Ex. Ed Teacher), is excited to join the Greenwood family! Born and raised in Durham, NC, Jake earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management from NC State University. He began his professional career as a Youth Development Director with the YMCA of Greater Richmond by leading elementary afterschool and summer day camp programs. His passion for teaching and leading students to become the best version of themselves sparked his move to education. Jake and his wife love spending time with their newborn son AJ. They also enjoy hiking and exploring all that Richmond has to offer with their dog BBQ. In his free time, Jake enjoys cheering on the Duke Blue Devils and Carolina Hurricanes. He is also a huge Star Wars and Disney fan. Jake cannot wait to make a positive influence in the lives of the students at Greenwood Elementary.

Ms. Lynn Orange (Speech), our Speech Language Pathologist, was born and raised in Damascus, Maryland.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University.  She spent the first 12 years of her career working mostly in the medical field with stroke patients in various rehabilitation settings.  In September 2001, Ms. Orange joined Henrico County Public Schools where she worked for 10 years at Jacob L. Adams Elementary School. She was thrilled when she had the opportunity to join the Greenwood Gator family in 2011.  Ms. Orange has lived in the Greenwood Elementary community for over 25 years. She is the proud mother of three daughters who live all across the country – Kelly in Manassas, Virginia, Erica in Seattle, Washington, and Alyssa in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is thrilled to be a proud grandmother to Finn who is now a curious and mischievous one year old. She travels as often as possible to Arkansas to play with Finn!  Ms. Orange is a huge sports fan, especially college football and basketball. She can be found cheering on her favorite teams, Florida State and Arkansas, every Saturday in the fall. In her spare time, she also enjoys working in her yard and reading a good book.

Ms. Julie Wingfield (Instructional Coach) is extremely excited about joining the Greenwood family in her new position as an Exceptional Education Instructional Coach.   She has twenty –five years of progressive experience and accomplishments as an administrator and teacher in K-8 exceptional education.  Ms. Wingfield is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Political Science and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.  Additionally, Ms. Wingfield obtained her Special Education Endorsements from University of Virginia. She believes that literacy is the key to all academic success and building schools around scientifically based instruction, will give all students the tools they need to succeed, not only in school, but in life.  When Ms. Wingfield is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the movies and live music events, and playing with her Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Lana Dot Mae.

Ms. Shanna Crawford  (Instructional Assistant) was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia. She is the mother of a sixteen year old daughter who is a rising eleventh grader and an eight year old son who is a rising third grader. She attended St. Leo University (SLU) and earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. Shanna’s experience working with exceptional education began in 2002 while working as a Para-professional at Huntington Middle School in Newport News, Virginia. She remained in the middle school setting for ten years until relocating to Henrico County, Virginia to work at Greenwood Elementary School in 2013. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her kids, fine dining with friends, going to the movies, reading and shopping.   

 

Mrs. Lee Anne Mulligan (Instructional Assistant) was born and raised in Northern Virginia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1984, from George Mason University.  Upon getting married, she and her husband moved to Atlanta, Georgia where they had their daughter Emily and lived for 15 years. Ms. Mulligan returned to college at Kennesaw State University,  where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education. She has 15 years teaching experience in Henrico County, grades 2, 3, and 5, and is happy to be a member of the Greenwood Elementary family.

 

 

Ms. Marybeth Bradshaw (Instructional Assistant) is so excited to be joining the Greenwood team as an Instructional Assistant. Marybeth was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia along with her three older siblings. She is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education. Marybeth is planning on pursuing a Master of Education degree next year. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

 

 

Shirley Rivera (Instructional Assistant) is excited about joining the Gator family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resource Team                                                                                                                                                                                             

Rolando Tillman (PE) was born and raised In Glen Cove, Long Island (NY) along with three younger brothers. Growing up he was a very active boy that enjoyed sports and physical activity. Coming from a very large family, competition was always a part of daily life. His brothers, cousins, friends, and Mr. Tillman always created games that they could play in their neighborhood. The Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club helped introduce him to organized sports and the skills needed to be great in a specific sport. Even though he liked to participate in all the activities, Mr. Tillman quickly realized that baseball and basketball would always be his favorites. After graduating from Glen Cove High, Mr. Tillman decided to move away from home and attend Virginia State University. His love for sports, health and recreation helped him earn a Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education. Mr. Tillman loves being a Physical Education teacher because he can help improve his students’ performance in specific skills and teach them ways they can improve their overall health. Every day he stresses that physical activity is important in helping everyone grow physically, mentally, and socially. You can connect with the Greenwood Physical Education Dept. on Facebook!

Amy Coward (Librarian)  is a product of Henrico County Public Schools, having graduated from Varina High School.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from VCU and her master’s degree from Longwood. She has worked in school libraries for over 15 years and would not want to work anywhere else!  When not at Greenwood, she enjoys spending time with her family – her husband (and high school sweetheart) Rob, and sons Wes and Dylan (in 12th and 9th grades). She loves to cheer them on as they run cross country and wrestle.  Of course, Mrs. Coward also loves to read. Mrs. Coward is grateful to be a Greenwood Gator for the 6th year. She loves that she gets to know every one of our Gator students and help them to find great books and learn to navigate the world around them, using online and print resources.  She also loves the teachers and staff at GES and truly enjoys helping them support their curriculum with materials and lessons.

Mrs. Andrea Hobbs (Library) is thrilled to begin her sixth year in the Greenwood library.  She is a true embodiment of a lifelong reader. Her love of literature was first found at Claremont Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, where she was a library helper during fourth and fifth grade. Throughout high school, she worked part-time at the Arlington County Public Library. She graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia with a double major in Business Administration and Economics. Before joining the Greenwood staff, Mrs. Hobbs worked for Read Aloud Virginia, a non-profit that aimed to increase literacy rates in children while nurturing a love of reading. Mrs. Hobbs still adores reading in her spare time. She also enjoys being active and loves being a part of the local CrossFit community. She loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband and three children. Mrs. Hobbs could not be more excited to be a part of the Greenwood Library Team and follow her passion of encouraging and cultivating the love of reading in young children.

Mrs. April Barlett (Art) Mrs. Barlett was born and raised in Richmond, VA.  She is married to an educator and together they have two amazing sons who are 8 and 9 years old.  In her free time, Mrs. Barlett likes to travel with her family, visit all kinds of museums, bake and make cool stuff!  Mrs. Barlett is a proud graduate of VCU. She has bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Crafts as well as a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She began her teaching career in Henrico County in 2003, traveling between Quioccasin, Tuckahoe and Wilder Middle Schools. In 2004, she began 12 years teaching art at Arthur Ashe Elementary School.  Mrs. Barlett joined the Greenwood family in 2016 and loves making art with her creative and inspiring Gators!

 

Maria Murphy (Music) is excited  to begin her 10th year at Greenwood and her 28th year in Henrico County Public Schools. She is a native of Hampton,VA. Coming from a large musical family she was always inspired with music as a young child. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her bachelor’s degree in music education. She also taught at the School of Education at Richmond Piano for 7 years. In 1998 she released a CD “Passionate Rose” consisting of classical piano music. In addition to her love of teaching music to her students, she is also a part time minister of music at Saint James United Methodist Church in Hampton, VA. She and her husband Mark love to travel each year to Busch Gardens and Tyson’s Corner, VA to go shopping, and a family reunion in NC. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, shopping, and being a wonderful  auntie to her nephew Miles (8) and her nieces Ephie (6) and Miriam (3).

Mrs. Sarah McGrath  (Music) is excited about joining the Greenwood family. She will be joining our gator family every Monday so be on the lookout for Ms. McGrath leading our drumline and Monday performances.  Ms. McGrath attended James Madison University for her degree in Music Education.  She worked in Fairfax County for her first 2 years as a music educator and then moved to Richmond, Virginia to teach in Henrico County.  She also teaches at Harvie Elementary school.  In her free time, she teaches piano and voice lessons, and is also a part of the Richmond Symphony Chorus that performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in downtown Richmond.  She can’t wait to meet all the little gators and have a blast in music class!

 

Mrs. Shannon Wakefield (Gifted), is excited join the Greenwood family for her third year as the Gifted Resource Teacher. She can’t wait to begin her 10th year of teaching- all in Henrico County. She attended JMU (Go Dukes!) where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Her career began at Fair Oaks where she taught 1st-3rd grade and earned her gifted endorsement through U of R. In 2017, Mrs. Wakefield achieved National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist with a focus in Gifted Education. She is now beginning her 7th year as a Gifted Resource Teacher where she will be serving both Greenwood and Tuckahoe Elementary. Mrs. Wakefield grew up and still lives in Mechanicsville with her husband Kyle and son Oliver, who was born in March 2017.  In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends and enjoy the outdoors!

Ms. Karen Hues (Technology),  our Innovative Learning Coach, is a former Henrico County student.  She attended Longan ES, Gayton ES, Byrd MS, and Godwin High School. She attended and cheered for basketball and competition at Longwood University from 2002-2006.  After graduating with honors from LU, Karen began teaching 5th grade at Longdale Elementary. In 2009, she took on the role of Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. She currently works as the Innovative Learning Coach at Greenwood, Longan, Montrose, and Jackson Davis Elementary.  She enjoys helping teachers plan and implement innovative lessons in their classrooms. Karen enjoys traveling to the beach with her husband, Casey, and daughters, Chloe (9) and Kaylee (5).

 

Ms. Valerie Anderson (ESL) was born and raised in Midlothian, VA. After graduating from high school in 1999, she went off to get her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus on History and Psychology from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). She then went on to get her Masters in Elementary Ed. from Radford University. She began her career in education in 2005 and has since held various positions including being an Interventionist, homebound teacher, and classroom teacher. In 2014 she decided to take the classes needed to get her ESL endorsement and began working at Greenwood in 2015 as the ESL teacher. She has a great passion for working with her ELL students, learning their stories and about their culture. Ms. Anderson loves to travel, loves college football, enjoys dabbling in photography, going to festivals, and checking out the local farmers’ markets. She currently lives in Henrico’s west end with her husband, Jason, and dog, Sampson.

Mrs. Jennifer Coleman (Math), our Math Coach, was born in Atlanta, GA and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She made her way to Virginia Tech after high school graduation. During her time at VT, she completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Development. The first 5 years of her teaching career began in Fairfax County where she taught 4th and 5th grades. Then she moved to Richmond and taught 5th grade in Chesterfield, where she went back to school and earned her Math Specialist Endorsement at VCU. This led her to become a Title Math Teacher and then a County Math Coach. Math has always been a passion of hers, and it is her calling to ensure that others find the fun in math not the fear. When Jennifer is not doing math, she is working in her garden, out on the water, playing with her rescue dogs and cat, or relaxing with her husband.

Kimberly Gorenflo (Reading)  is excited to join the Greenwood Gator community!  She is beginning her 12th year in Henrico County Schools as a Literacy Coach.  In this job, she gets to work with students and teachers in her area of passion:  READING! Mrs. Gorenflo has been married to her husband Sean for 24 years and has two children that attend Douglas Freeman High School…Carson and Addison.  In her free time Mrs. Gorenflo enjoys spending time with her family at their many sporting events, gardening, visiting the beach and of course…READING!

Mrs. Irene Hatchett (Instructional Assistant) has been helping children throughout Henrico County for over 16 years.  Irene started her helping journey at Adams Elementary and has worked in six different schools, including Greenwood, which is great because she loves Gators!!  She has worked in every grade from K-5 and has enjoyed everyone of those experiences. Building positive relationships with students, helping them grow in confidence, knowledge and joy is at the core of everything she does.  When not at Greenwood, Irene can be found working in and photographing her garden, reading, or chasing three dogs and a cat, sewing or cooking a great meal for her husband of forty years Mike. Irene’s two children, Michael Flannery, who lives and works in Seattle Washington and Erin, a travel dialysis Tech, who lives everywhere, are the light of her Life.  Irene is looking forward to another Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious year at Greenwood. A huge NFL fan, Irene would like to close with, GO RAIDERS!!!

 

Student Support                                                                                                                                                                                                

Ms. Cheryl Eslinger is our school psychologist, serving Greenwood Elementary Gators for 9 years.  She has been a school psychologist for 23 years serving students in grades pre-school through 12th grade.  Ms. Eslinger grew up in a military family and had the opportunity to travel to different countries and states within the United States.  She received her undergraduate degree from George Mason University with a B. A. in Psychology.  Ms. Eslinger attended James Madison University for her graduate degrees and received a Masters of Arts and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology.  One of her roles as a school psychologist is to find out how students learn the best and to assist in problem-solving ways to help students be successful.  Ms. Eslinger’s interest and passion is to encourage building resilient students by identifying their strengths and assets.  She believes that you cannot truly help a student if you do not recognize assets and strengths.  When not at school Ms. Eslinger enjoys always receiving a warm welcome home from her two dogs, gardening, riding her bike and participating in her Bible study group.

Mrs. Angela Metz-White is our school social worker and has been serving Greenwood Elementary for five years. She was born and raised in Columbia, SC. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Alabama. Mrs. White moved to Richmond, Va to attend graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University where she obtained her Master’s in Social Work. She has experience working in non-profit organizations, counseling young children coping with grief/bereavement, and supporting clients in inpatient psychiatric settings. Mrs. White is married to her best friend, William, who is in the Army. She and her husband have a daughter, Annabeth, who is toddler age. When not serving others through social work, Mrs. White enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide, tailgating, sewing, watching reality tv, fashion, and swimming. She and her family often travel back south to see extended family, attend sporting events, and be beach bums! Roll tide!

 

Interventionist                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mrs. Jennifer Wilbur, our reading interventionist, comes from a family where education and the arts were big priorities. As a child she grew up attending state conferences and VDOE retreats with dad; and art festivals and gallery openings with mom. A Richmond native, Mrs. Wilbur loves her city and after graduating Summa Cum Laude from JMU, began her teaching career in Churchill where she received the Richmond City Beginning Teacher’s Award. Once married, Mrs. Wilbur and her husband James settled down near historic Ashland Virginia where she taught at Gandy and Henry Clay Elementary Schools. Mrs. Wilbur was awarded the Hanover County Teacher of the Year Award in 1996. Shortly thereafter, she took a 10 year leave of absence to raise her children. She’s now the proud mom of 2 sons –both pursuing medical interests  in college.  Her baby girl is a rising 8th grader at Hungary Creek.  While on “mom-break” she completed her Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) at Regent University and is also currently an adjunct professor at Reynolds Community College. Mrs. Wilbur loves to stay busy, but in her free time, you can find her traveling and trying new restaurants with her husband or chillaxing with her dog, Chance and her cat, Kitty Woo.

Mrs Sushma Adur (Intervention team) is very excited to be joining her friends at Greenwood Elementary. She was born in Karnataka state of India. She earned her Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics engineering from SJCE, Mysore, India. After getting married, she moved to Hamden, CT. She and her husband moved to Richmond when their daughter was born.She is a proud mother of an 8 year old who is a rising third grader.

Mrs. Lynn Schrader was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She attended State University College at Buffalo and majored in Early Childhood Development. Shortly after graduating, she and her husband, Dave, moved to Virginia.  Her first teaching job was in Franklin County as a Title 1 teacher. She taught kindergarten and first grade in Caroline County. For the last twenty years, she taught kindergarten at Hanover Academy in Ashland, Va. In her spare time, Lynn likes to go to the movies, read, have dinner with friends and spend time with her family. She has one son, Brett. This her third year as an Interventionist and she loves the students and faculty at Greenwood! Go Gators!

 

Mr. Bill Williams is in his 13th year teaching. He loves teaching and especially loves teaching the intervention students in Henrico County! He was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. In 2005, Mr. Williams moved to Virginia with his family. He has three sons and a daughter. All four were honor students and his youngest is a freshman studying creative writing at the University of Iowa. Mr. Williams earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a MS degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He has worked in Henrico County for the past 12 years as a Mathematics and Reading Interventionist at Colonial Trail and Greenwood Elementary School. 

 

 

Cafeteria Team                                                                                                                                                                                          

           

Maintenance Team                                                                                                                                                                                          

Mr. Dane Clark

Mr. Chris Biller

Mr. Mike Washington

          

Custodial Team                                                                                                                                                                                               

Mr. Ryan Childrey

Ms. Jacqueline Thomas

Mr. Winston Cain

Mr. Amir Youssef

 

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