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Principal’s Message

Ryan Stein


Greenwood Elementary School
Vision: “100% of students will be recognized for their participation in an extra curricular activity in order to create a greater sense of belonging.”
Mission Statement: 5 Houses, 1 Family
School’s Core Values: Grateful, Accountable, Trustworthy, Optimistic, and Respectful
20201 – 2022 Theme: Be Here! Be You! Belong


Greenwood Family, 

2021 – 2022 is our school year as we return to better! As your collaborative leader, I promise that I believe in all our students, and I take my job as an educator personally. My actions will prove that I support you and your family during this unprecedented time filled with challenges, uncertainty, and change.   I promise to always advocate for our Greenwood school community as I continue to lead with transparency and my heart. I will not make promises I can not keep, and I will never make an excuse for not reaching our school goals. I will speak the truth, insist upon brilliance, take risks, model what I expect, empower others to enhance instructional practices, and always make decisions with a kid first mentality.  I promise to lead with fire, think outside the box, be real, and always be available for our students, parents, and teachers. I promise to be our community’s equity champion, make all stakeholders feel valued, and hold people accountable for providing the most magical educational experience. 

My top priorities will remain safety in the building, student achievement, health and wellness of our students and staff, and continued improvement of instruction that supports the development of deeper learning environments and experiences. I will exude what I hope to create, lead with love, and enhance our sense of belonging for all stakeholders. I remain relentless in creating a nurturing and high quality educational experience that we are proud to call our second home. I want our students, staff, parents, and our community running through our doors excited about our students thriving academically, socially, and emotionally.  I believe that a child’s background does not determine what they will accomplish in education or in life. I take pride on building a culture of inclusion to maximize the strengths and potentials of our diverse learners. Therefore, I promise to continue to build a school foundation based on fun and love and treat our students as if they are my own children. 

This year our gators will once again be empowered to take risks, held accountable for their own learning, inspired to think critically, and serve outside of the school walls.  We will continue to support the foundation of social and emotional development of our future community leaders as they start the journey to becoming college and career ready. Students will be encouraged to pursue their passion, goals, and future as we create go-getters, decision makers, designers, creators, self starters, and dreamers. They will tap into their questions, their own sense of wonder, and empathy towards an audience. Students will be given choice, student ownership, and allowed time for inquiry in order to foster creativity and navigate their own learning. 

Greenwood is one of the highest achieving schools in the state of Virginia as indicated by the 2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award; however, we are so much more than our scores. We seek to create moments and memories that touch our hearts and souls and in order to accomplish this goal, we have the best teaches in the state! Our educators lead with contagious enthusiasm and passion with purpose as we wholeheartedly believe it is our job to provide our gators an unforgettable school experience. Our students will leave Greenwood with the skills set to become comfortable in what was an uncomfortable situation. Our students will engage in divergent thinking as they find new routes to solve complex problems, take creative risks, and challenge the status quo. Our relentless teachers will never become complacent, but instead remain wildly and unabashedly different as they continue the mindset shift from “required” to “desired.”  We believe that the future president of the United States is in our school, and therefore, we teach every lesson to reach unimaginable heights as we prepare all our students to have the job.  


Finally, please continue to follow our school website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for additional highlights throughout the year. Our PTA website is also loaded with useful information on how to get involved. We are a successful school due to the commitment and support from our PTA. No job is too small, and volunteering is a great way to meet new friends. Please consider committing your time this school year to make a difference for your child. This year more than ever, we must turn towards each other, not away from one another. Together, we will be the difference! 

If at any time I can be a service to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  It is my goal to make our building inviting for families throughout the school year. I value your feedback and suggestions. No matter what the future holds, we will be ready to educate and love your children while providing an equitable and safe environment for all our Gators. Greenwood Elementary is a champion among schools, and I have so much gratitude for being given the opportunity to serve our community. 


In partnership,


Ryan Stein
Greenwood Elementary School