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Staff Bio

Administrative Team

Mr. Ryan Stein, our collaborative principal, feels lucky to be a part of the Greenwood family and firmly believes that nothing great can be accomplished without enthusiasm. For the past 17 years, 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, and enhancing a sense of belonging. He has been awarded the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), Virginia’s Super Teacher Award (2011) and featured on the Rachael Ray Show as a top five national educator (2012). Recently, Stein received the Chris Corallo, Distinguished Leadership Award (2017), in his first year as principal at Greenwood Elementary School, was the winner for the R.E.B. Leadership Award for Excellence (2021), recipient of the Administrator of the Year by the Henrico County PTA Counselor, and was lucky to be a part of an incredible team of teachers that were recognized by The Virginia Board of  Education as a 2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award recipient.  Stein conducts college and teaching workshops sharing his enthusiasm and innovative ideas on how to differentiate, engage, and inspire students. He has created music album, Ryan Stein Presents History MVP, containing 20 songs filled with the social studies content. Recently, he has written a book with Jen Berdux titled Lifeline 65: How Small Connections and Big Enthusiasm Can Change Education.  Stein, Randolph Macon graduate in 2004, received his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. As the principal at Greenwood Elementary School, Stein’s 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. His Greenwood 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. As a student, teacher, administrator and father, Mr. Ryan Stein has a true passion for making a difference in the lives of children. Most importantly, Stein married the love of his life in 2011, Kimberly, and they have two children Bryce Alexander (7) and Bexley Anne (6). 

Mrs. Lesha Jackson, our Associate Principal, believes that school must be a safe haven for all students.  She became an educator because of her love for children and desire to ensure that all students have someone who values them and sees their potential. After completing her Masters of Teaching degree at the University of Virginia in 1991, she started her teaching career at Skipwith Elementary School. She transitioned to Greenwood in 2004, as the Resource Teacher, when the doors of the school first opened. With over 25 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, she understands the importance of establishing positive relationships with all stakeholders in order to achieve individual and collective success. Her vision for this school year is to work with staff members and our Greenwood families to create and maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment in which all students will flourish and become empowered to actively participate in their own academic and social/emotional growth by taking risks and practicing self-advocacy.  Her educational philosophy is that there is no one size fits all model for teaching and reaching students; fair and equal are not the same. Throughout this school year, she plans to model authenticity and show our students that EACH of them, in their own uniqueness, help make Greenwood the special place it is. 

Mr. Jordan Truda, our Student Support Teacher, is pumped for his third year of helping to bridge gaps for our students, teachers, and community. He completed his Master’s of Teaching in 2012, through Virginia Commonwealth University, before starting a six year tenure as a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher at Broad Rock Elementary School in Richmond.  He joined the Greenwood community as the Resource Teacher in 2019, and has thoroughly enjoyed the life-altering experience of working with and for such an incredible group of people.  During that time, he completed his Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision through the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Truda believes deeply in creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and understanding for all members of the school community.  He sees great value in the diversity of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences that each member brings forward. His vision for this year is one where we reignite the joy of learning for our students, engage the passions of our teachers, and rebuild the community that weathered the challenges of the last year with great courage.

Mrs. Jacquelyn Simien-Jones aka “Mrs. Jae” is grateful to be entering her fourth year as Financial Secretary at the “Wood”.  Mrs. Jae was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is very proud to be a Louisianian from the Bayou.  With that being said, being a Greenwood GATOR is in Mrs. Jae’s DNA.  She loves the New Orleans Saints and believes strongly in FAMILY, hugs and sweet tea. Mrs. Jae’s favorite word is SPARKLE.  She says, “it is her word for LOVE”.  Mrs. Jae is always spreading SPARKLE everywhere she goes.  Mrs. Jae has been married to her wonderful husband Terrence for 27 years, they have two grown daughters’ (Ashley and Andrea).  She has five adorable granddaughters’ (Kamryn, Kaidyn, Kendall, Kenzee and Khloe) and one handsome grandson (Jalen) whom she calls her “Grandbugs”.  She also has three Chihuahuas (Chi Chi, Lu Lu, and NOLA).  Mrs. Jae loves a celebration, and every holiday is her favorite holiday (Christmas) being her favorite. She is an eclectic music lover. Her favorite things in life are her Grandbugs, ladybugs, GATORS, pjs, seahorses, baking, and anything creative. Give her a budget and watch her make it happen. “You Already Know,” Mrs. Jae is looking forward to being Optimistic for everyone at the “WOOD” for this 21-22 school year.  GO GATORS!!!

Mrs. Christina Medico, our office registrar, is so excited to start her first FULL year as a Greenwood Gator. She was born and raised in New York and moved to Chesterfield County in 2014 with her husband and son. She has been working with children for over 20 years. She has done everything from  being a camp counselor, teaching infants all the way up to school age, to running childcare centers. One of the best things she learned from working with children is that they can teach us just as much as we can teach them.

Mental Health and Wellness Support Team

Ms. Holly Guelig, our school counselor, is excited to start her 9th year at Greenwood Elementary School, which she proudly refers to as her “second family.” She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education. She has specific training in Trauma and Crisis Management, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Mindfulness. Additionally, she is an HCPS Social and Emotional Learning Content Developer, has served in various leadership and speaking roles within her field, and is the co-host for Edspire Podcast. She has 13 years of experience working in counseling, recovery support, grief, behavioral, and mental health services. More importantly, Ms. Guelig is relentless in her passion for helping her Gators grow into strong, healthy, and thoughtful learners, and strives to be a game-changer for her students. Her vision for Greenwood is to provide a child-centered, culturally responsive, comprehensive, developmental, data-driven school counseling program that enhances student potential and academic achievement. Her plan for this year is to teach weekly lessons, provide small group and individual support that focuses on strengthening mindsets and behaviors for student success. She will work in strategic partnerships with the mental health and wellness support team, teachers, administration, families, and with the community to facilitate a trauma sensitive support-system that ensures all Greenwood students are prepared with the social and emotional wellness skills to be lifeready.

Ms. Kaitee Nicholas, our school counselor, is excited to start her 1st year at Greenwood Elementary School! Ms. Nicholas is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish, and a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Nicholas will be getting married this fall to her fiancé, Anthony, and a big part of their family are their three dogs, Evie, Dazzle, and Dwight. Before coming to Greenwood Elementary School, Ms. Nicholas was a School Counselor for two years at Cedar Forest Elementary School in Spotsylvania County. While working to become a professional School Counselor, Ms. Nicholas worked a lot with children during her time as a camp counselor and Field Hockey Coach for various clubs, schools, and camps in the Richmond area. Ms. Nicholas is dedicated to cultivating supportive, stimulating, and inclusive environments to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential. Her vision for Greenwood is to provide a data-driven, comprehensive, and developmental school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of all students preparing them to be lifelong learners. Her plan for this school year, along with meeting the needs of all students through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual support, is to establish and develop partnerships with staff, families, and community members to ensure all Greenwood students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to be successful in our ever changing society. 

Mrs. Jennifer Chenault, aka Nurse C, is excited to start her 2nd year at Greenwood! She is a registered nurse who has worked at VCU Medical , as well as a rheumatology clinic. She is a Mom to 8 year old Eli, and wife to her high school sweetheart Chris, as well as Mom to dog Randolph and hamster Jeffrey. Her whole family loves music, and especially loves a good concert.  She is always there for anyone who needs a hug or a smile, and will dance on demand! She gets happy when she sees great handwashing skills too! She loves being a school nurse because healthy kids make happy kids!

Mrs. Lori Knitter, our school psychologist, serves Greenwood, Echo Lake, and Ratcliffe Elementary Schools. She has been a school psychologist with Henrico County for 12 years. Mrs. Knitter taught math before returning to James Madison University for graduate degrees in school psychology. She is married to Kevin, and they have 2 awesome daughters and an ancient, spoiled dog. Mrs. Knitter is passionate about making sure that kids have the tools they need to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. She firmly believes that (in the words of author Ross Greene) “kids do well if they can. ”  She has led several PLCs and given professional development seminars on helping to identify and solve kids’ unsolved problems. Mrs. Knitter was the Christie Award nominee for Johnson Elementary School in 2015 and the Christie Award nominee for Echo Lake in 2020. In her free time she enjoys reading, canoeing, being outside, and hanging out with her family. Mrs. Knitter’s other passion is being the Feed My Starving Children Coordinator at Gayton Church, which has provided and packed over 2 million meals for hungry kids thus far. You can visit her website at: https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/schoolpsyched/home

Mrs. Jennifer Robinson, our Family Advocate for Early Learning Preschool, has served Greenwood, Echo Lake, Skipwith and Springfield Park Preschoolers for 2 ½ years. Mrs. Robinson was the School Secretary at Echo Lake Elementary for 13 years prior to changing careers with HCPS. She attended New River Community College. Her vision for the 2021/2022 school year is to connect families with valuable resources to improve the daily lives of children at school and home. Her love and passion for our early learners is what drives her to help families in need. If your family has an obstacle to overcome in order to thrive- Keep Calm and Let the Family Advocate Help YOU! 

Ms. Lauren Bache, our school social worker, is going into her third year as a school social worker. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and her Master’s in Social Work from VCU. In her free time, Ms. Bache enjoys hiking and being outside as much as possible. Ms. Bache loves her three fur children and her fiancé, Matt. She is very excited to work with students, families, and staff that are a part of the Greenwood family. Let Ms. Bache know how she can help support you!  

 

Instructional Coaches and Specialist

Mrs. Maura Farmer, our Reading Specialist, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Degree in Psychology and earned a  Master’s Degree in Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement from Regent University. Mrs. Farmer is thrilled to be beginning her journey as Greenwood’s Instructional Reading Coach, after spending 15 years as a classroom teacher.  She believes that reading is (almost) as important as breathing, and students learn best when they feel safe, respected, and have a voice in the classroom. Mrs. Farmer is excited to partner  with students, teachers, and families to support literacy growth and development, and hopes to inspire our Gators to find their true passion for reading beyond the literacy block. 

Danny Jones,  our Innovative Learning Coach, graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Degree in History and received his teaching license from the University of Richmond. Mr. Jones has his Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning – Leadership from Liberty University and has, recently, got his endorsement in Educational Leadership from Longwood University where he was able to enhance his knowledge on how to consistently empower staff/teachers and inspire students to overcome social/academic challenges. He has taught in Henrico County for the past 11 years. His first two years were as an Instructional Assistant, the next 6 years as a first-grade teacher, and is now entering into his 3rd year as an Instructional Coach. Mr. Jones has a passion for planning amazing lessons with our talented teachers looking to find ways to incorporate deeper learning concepts that encourage and push our students to think like future leaders! Mr. Danny Jones’ vision for the 2021 school year involves providing the students at Greenwood Elementary with explorative learning opportunities that allow them to learn using their life-ready skills.

Mrs. Jennifer Coleman, our Instructional Math Coach, graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Human Development and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. Her learning journey continued by earning her Math Specialist endorsement from Virginia Commonwealth University and Leadership endorsement from the University of Virginia. She currently is working towards her instructional coaching certification in order to grow as a person and support her colleagues better. This will be her 20th year as an educator in Virginia. Mrs. Coleman is married and has 3 rescue dogs and a cat. She loves to do yardwork, exercise, play golf, and relax with her family.

LAMPS Team 

Mrs. Amy Coward (Library)  believes that the library is a place to help students fall in love with reading, to learn to think critically, become knowledgeable researchers, grow as global citizens, collaborate, engineer, create, and make.  She believes that every student deserves to see themselves represented in the literature that surrounds them, and that they develop empathy by reading about different life experiences than their own. Her vision for the library and library time is that it should always be a safe space for students to be themselves, ask questions, pursue passions, and share ideas. Mrs. Coward 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 University. She has worked in school libraries for over 18 years, and this is her 9th year at Greenwood.  She is grateful for her husband and two teenage sons, and spends time outside of school reading, geocaching and cheering for her boys’ wrestling teams.  

Mrs. Andrea Hobbs (Library) is excited to begin her ninth year in the Greenwood library.  She is a true embodiment of a lifelong reader. Her love of books was first discovered 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 delights in reading in her spare time. She also enjoys being active and being a part of the local CrossFit community. She enjoys spending time with her family and two cats. Mrs. Hobbs loves being a part of the Greenwood Library Team and following her passion of encouraging and cultivating the love of reading in young children.

Mrs. April Barlett (Art) is beginning her sixth year teaching art at Greenwood and her seventeenth year teaching in Henrico County Public Schools!  She is a native of Richmond and a proud graduate of Open High School and VCU (go Rams!).  She earned undergraduate degrees in Crafts and Art Education as well as a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Ms. Barlett is married to a fellow educator and has two active sons who are 11 and 12.  Her family loves traveling, visiting all kinds of museums, going to the movies and hanging out with their giant dog, Julep.  Among her favorite destinations are Italy, Iceland and Montreal!  Her goal as a teacher is to provide engaging learning opportunities for children to create, collaborate and communicate by integrating art with science, technology, history, literature and math.  Students will learn about a diverse group of art and artists from all over the world.  She has a passion for exploring ways art can impact the community in positive ways and loves developing projects that inspire students to make the world a better place!  Her plan for the 2021-2022 school year is to integrate more contemporary and local artists into the Greenwood art room!  If you are interested in sharing your talents with our emerging artists, please let her know!   

Mrs. Maria Murphy (Music) is excited to begin her 32nd year in Henrico County and her 14th year at Greenwood!  She is a native of Hampton, VA. Coming from a large musical family, her love of music started at a very young age. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received her bachelors in music education. She is also a part time minister of music at Saint James United Methodist Church in Hampton, VA.  She released a CD “Passionate Rose” consisting of classical piano pieces. She believes that every child is valued and can be successful. Her goal is to instill a love of music to her students through creativity, theory, singing and movement. She enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, playing the piano, shopping, and being a wonderful auntie to her nephew and two nieces.

Ms. Melissa Elkins (PE) is thrilled to begin her fourth year of teaching and third year as a Greenwood Gator! She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University(Go Rams!) with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science and attended Virginia State University for Health and Physical Education PreK-12. Her vision is to teach the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Her goal for this school year is to motivate students to enjoy physical activity, health and movement. Physical activity not only changes the body, physical activity changes your mind, attitude and mood. She believes small gestures can make a difference in people, never underestimate the power of a high-five or hug! In her spare time, Ms. Elkins enjoys spending time with her dog Rokko and competes in Olympic weightlifting competitions. Stay Active and keep moving Gators!

Mrs. Shannon Wakefield (Gifted) is thrilled to be a Greenwood Gator for her sixth year as the Gifted Resource Teacher and 13th year teaching. She attended JMU (Go Dukes!) where she received her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Her career began at Fair Oaks Elementary where she taught 1st-3rd grade and earned her gifted endorsement through the University of Richmond. In 2017, Mrs. Wakefield achieved National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist with a focus in Gifted Education. She believes in every student and loves helping them find their passion for learning. Perseverance is important in her classroom as students learn it is ok to make mistakes and how to grow from them through problem solving, critical thinking, and communication. Mrs. Wakefield teaches because she loves to see students have a “lightbulb” moment as they accomplish tasks they thought were impossible. Her plan for this school year is to continue to build long-lasting relationships with all the incredible students, staff, and Greenwood community through lessons, collaboration, and enrichment clubs. 

Mrs. Valerie Anderson (ESL)  is entering her 7th year as the LIEP teacher at Greenwood and her 17th year in education. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech, received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Radford University, then many years later earned her ESL endorsement. She believes all students have the right to an education filled with care, thoughtfulness, and respect. She wants to see all students enjoy their educational experience, feel safe while at school, and feel like a part of a family community. Mrs. Anderson loves learning about different cultures and various parts of the world. Her students teach her about these things! This year, her plan is to continue to build on current relationships with her students, families and the community, as well as create new relationships. Her goal in the classroom is to try more project based learning activities and incorporate more real world, hands-on, and interactive  lessons into her curriculum this year. She looks forward to another year of teaching and learning from her students.

Preschool

Mrs. Jan Wheeler is an Early Childhood Exceptional Education teacher with more than 25 years experience.  She grew up in Buffalo, NY, and graduated from Sweet Home High School.  She moved to Ohio to  attend Ashland College where she earned a degree in Exceptional Education.  Mrs. Wheeler has taught students of all ages, and is especially fond of preschoolers.  For the past 20 years, Mrs. Wheeler has worked with preschool children and their families. Currently she works as a preschool evaluator and is responsible for the evaluations and placement of preschool children requiring exceptional education services.  Mrs.Wheeler believes that all children can learn and be successful given the proper  tools. She also believes in the importance of building positive relationships with families for optimum success of children.  Mrs. Wheeler is married and has 3 grown children.  She is also a sign language interpreter.

Ms. Courtney Gibbons Plowcha is an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Peer Models Preschool teacher at Greenwood Elementary School. She has been teaching Exceptional Education in Henrico County for 19 years and this school year is her 13th at Greenwood. Ms. Courtney received her Undergraduate Degree in Speech Communication and Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her Master’s Degree in education from VCU with endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities, and Multiple Disabilities. She is married to an HCPS middle school teacher and has a daughter who attends Henrico schools as well.  Ms. Courtney takes a holistic approach to education and is passionate about the positive impact early intervention has on the lives of children with unique learning needs. She believes that communication is the key to learning and strives to create a language-rich, developmentally appropriate classroom where children learn through play. Ms. Courtney is so excited to meet her preschool Gators and their families, and to build a joyful learning community together.  

Mrs. Tracy Seay is excited to be entering her 3rd year as the Early Learning Preschool Instructional Assistant. She has been at Greenwood a total of 5 years, and has worked with young children for 14 years. Tracy is the mother to 5 amazing boys (all of which have been at Greenwood). She is excited to meet her new kiddos this year.  She believes children learn from a young age and it is very important for that social connection. Kids thrive by being a part of a group and hands on activities is very important.  Making a difference and helping children is what makes my heart happy!

Mrs. Teresa Jones is excited about entering her 7th year as 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 an 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 financial 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 starting her 16th year of teaching in a PreK classroom, going into her 7th year at Greenwood Elementary.  She is happily married to her amazing husband Warren, to whom she’s been married for going on 34 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 86 yr old mom), and finding some quiet time with her husband.  Mrs. Jones believes that all children can learn when given the proper resources.  This year she looks forward to another fabulous year in the “Preschool Family” at Greenwood and preparing her class for a smooth transition into kindergarten.  She will strive to make each child feel safe and develops to the best of their abilities because they were nurtured, supported, and encouraged by the school environment.  We will embrace this year’s theme: “Be Here, Be You, Belong”

Ms. Ashley Barnes is excited to be entering her 7th year as the Early Learning Preschool instructional assistant. She attended Care Courses and received her CDA in Early Childhood Education. For the past seven years Miss Barnes has been working with preschool aged children to help them better their skills academically, and, socially and emotionally. Miss Barnes attended Greenwood as a student, and is very happy to be able to be back and working with some of the teachers that she learned from growing up. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, going to the movies and shopping. She believes that all children learn and grow socially and academically by being able to work together and have hands on learning experiences. This year Miss Barnes is super excited to meet her 7th group of preschoolers, and help them strive to be ready and prepared for Kindergarten. She will work hard to make sure that each child receives the love, care, and attention that they need in order to be successful not only in preschool but moving up to kindergarten as well.

Ms. Katherine Miller is excited to be starting her sixth year as an early childhood special education teacher and her fourth year as a Greenwood Gator! She was born and raised in Richmond and is a proud product of Henrico County Public Schools. Ms. Katherine graduated from VCU in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and again in 2015 with a Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education degree. After graduating she worked at Greenwood as an instructional assistant in the preschool autism classroom (the same classroom that she now teaches in!) before leaving to teach pre-K in Hampton, VA. Coming back to teach in her old classroom at Greenwood has been one of her best decisions and she feels fortunate that she gets to work with an amazing staff that makes every day fun! Even after four year,  working in the preschool autism classroom is STILL her dream job and she can’t wait to meet her students and see what this year brings! She believes that students do their best work when they feel loved and accepted and her educational philosophy is rooted in building meaningful relationships with her students in a safe and respectful environment. She loves teaching social and emotional skills through play and having opportunities to collaborate with the rest of the preschool team. Outside of school she likes to spend her free time relaxing in a park or hiking with her dog, Joni. This year she is excited to collaborate with the rest of the amazing preschool team and watch her students shine!

Mrs. Lauren Dean is excited to start her fourth year as a Greenwood Gator as an instructional assistant in the preschool autism classroom. She has over fifteen years’ experience working with preschool age children and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Harford Community College. Mrs. Dean is married to her wonderful husband Rob and they have two daughters Abby and Breanna who also attend Greenwood. Mrs. Dean believes in relationships and getting to know the student you are working with.  She finds joy working with the preschoolers and families. Mrs. Dean is excited for the upcoming school year and to meet her new class and feels honored to be a part of the Greenwood family especially the preschool team. 

Tarsha Ashford is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Special Education.  She spent 2 ½ years working with individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum disorders at The Faison School before becoming a special educator for Henrico County Public Schools.  Ms. Tarsha was a Longdale Tiger for 9 years before turning into a Greenwood Gator!  She loves the population that she serves and puts forth 100% in ensuring they succeed.  It is Ms. Tarsha’s desire that educators serving different populations of children will have a heart to understand behavior, will learn about environmental and cultural differences, will gain compassion for those who learn at a slower rate or differently, and consider the level of frustration felt when communication skills are lacking so that all children can be included.

Ms. Kim Carr is very grateful and excited to be starting her 14th year as an Instructional Assistant at Greenwood.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim lives here now with Tom, her husband of almost 26 years. She has 4 daughters,  3 granddaughters, and 2 crazy cats. Kim graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has worked in Exceptional Education since 1993. She chose to work with students with special needs because of her sister Erin, who has Down’s Syndrome. Kim believes that all students can learn and be successful in life, and that having a strong relationship with students is the key to making this happen.

Kindergarten

Mr. Dennis Beck is in his eleventh year of teaching and his third year at the best school around, GREENWOOD! He attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. While teaching first grade in Spotsylvania county, he attended George Mason University and earned his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural/Multilingual Education with an endorsement in ESOL PreK-12. After his seventh year of teaching, he decided to explore the world. He moved to Madrid, Spain where he worked as a language assistant in two high schools. His philosophy of education is that all students enter our classroom with such diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences that need to be celebrated. There is so much we can learn from one another and we can grow to be ONE FAMILY. He is passionate about building relationships with his students that can reach beyond the classroom and school. He teaches because he knows that the experiences that his students have in school will impact their future and he wants to ensure that they are life ready. He plans to welcome his new KinderGators into a safe and loving environment as they embark on their new educational journey! Outside of Greenwood, Mr. Beck loves to spend time with his family and friends, as well as staying active in recreational activities.

Ms. Kaitlin Johnson is in her ninth year of teaching. She attended East Carolina University and graduated with her degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Child Development and Family Relations. During her first year of teaching, she began attending the University of Richmond and graduated with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Gifted Education. Her philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow academically, socially, and emotionally. She is passionate about Project Based Learning, providing discovery learning opportunities, and incorporating STEM in her classroom. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students find their love for reading and watching their imaginations run wild. When not at school, she loves spending time with her two pit bulls, Dallas and Samson!

Mrs. Robin Milwit has been a part of the Greenwood Community for the past 14 years as both a parent to two former Greenwood Gators and a teacher embarking on her 10th year!  She taught in Maryland before moving to Glen Allen and is certain that there is no school quite like Greenwood!  She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and received both her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Adult Education and Communications Technology. Her love for teaching began when she was fortunate enough to receive an internship with the Mister Rogers Neighborhood production company. There, she learned the magic of helping children thrive on their curiosity, become sincerely empathetic, and discover their purpose and potential by appreciating their authentic selves. She believes in helping children understand that “what is mentionable is manageable,” and her goal for this year is to give her ‘Milwit Marvels’ the building blocks to form the highest and truest expressions of themselves. The word, “Marvel” is the universe in which superheroes live. It also means, “to wonder.”  This school year, her little superheroes will be able to see themselves in everything they learn. They will ‘marvel’ at the amazing things they will be able to do by the end of the year and they will do it with a sense of belonging, lots of giggles, challenges, and encouragement.  Outside of school, she is a fitness instructor at American Family Fitness and LOVES to root on her Steelers!  She lives with her husband, Kyle, her two children, Zack and Cammie, and her crazy dog, Milo.  She is SO EXCITED to meet her new Milwit Marvels!!

Mrs. Emily Thompson is excited to embark on her fourth year of teaching at Greenwood Elementary! After graduating from the University of Virginia, she moved to Key Largo, Florida where she held her dream job as a marine mammal trainer working with dolphins! Five years later, she and her husband relocated back to Virginia to be closer to family, and Mrs. Thompson completed a teaching graduate program at the University of Richmond. She is thrilled to be currently living her dream job as a Greenwood teacher, and she looks forward to challenging each of her students to engage in lifelong discovery and learning opportunities. She is thrilled to be in-person with her KinderGators this Fall and believes that by encouraging each student’s creativity, inspiring curiosity, and promoting positive moral values, her students will be leaders to make the environment and the world a better place. Mrs. Thompson can not wait to meet her new Gators and welcome them into this amazing Greenwood family! Outside of school, she enjoys cuddling up with her 9-month old son Finn and a good book, going on long walks with her husband Joe, and snuggling with her kitties Tiger Lily and Pockets.

Ms. Kayla Compton  is in her fifth year of teaching at the best school around, GREENWOOD! She attended 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 the students in a local elementary school. Her teaching philosophy is that all children are unique and must have an inspiring environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. She will provide a safe environment where students can share their ideas and not be afraid to take risks. Ms. Compton believes that it is essential for students to have access to hands on learning with their peers. Working hands on with others will help grow the foundation for a love of learning and working together. “Teamwork makes the dreamwork” in room 108! Ms. Compton cannot wait to meet her 2021 dream team. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. You can catch her out by the pool, on the kickball field, or at the gym. She has two crazy cats, Mack and Maya, and is on the lookout for the perfect puppy brother!

1st Grade 

Meredyth Rutman is joyfully starting her twentieth year of teaching!  She is proud to say that she has been a Greenwood Gator since the school opened in 2004!  She grew up in New Jersey and then made her way to Virginia for college.  She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction…GO HOKIES! During her collegiate years, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy and Switzerland, where she learned about the Reggio Emilia teaching approach.  This style of teaching focuses on meeting the needs of every child, in a way that is meaningful and engaging.  She fully embraces this mindset and strives to make her classroom a place of love, acceptance and growth…where the academic, social and emotional needs of every child are nurtured and cultivated.  After college, she married her sweetheart and love, Rhett  and they have two sensational children, Casey…a 15 year old dancer and Tyler…a 13 year old baseball player!  Mrs. Rutman is tremendously excited about the upcoming school year and feels so thankful to be a part of this amazing Family!  Greenwood Elementary is not just a school…it’s so much more than that…it’s a place where magic happens!  

Ms. Lyndsey Smith is going into her 8th year of teaching and her 5th year at Greenwood. Her love for Henrico runs deep as a graduate of the County. She received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from VCU (Go Rams). Ms. Smith’s favorite part about teaching first grade is seeing her students’ love for reading come to life. She loves utilizing the House System to encourage community, independence, and ownership. Her philosophy revolves around equity and inclusion, acting as a facilitator to meet all students’ needs.  Ms. Smith knows that with a positive outlook and the will to make it great – we will have an amazing year! Let’s Go Gators!

Mr. Scott Miles is in his third year of teaching, and his first at Greenwood Elementary. He graduated from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY with a BS in Childhood Education/Special Education (1-6) and an extension in early childhood education. For the past two years he has been teaching fourth grade in Clearwater, FL. This summer he moved to Virginia and is very excited to join the Greenwood family (Go Gators!). His educational philosophy is to hold ALL students to high academic and moral standards through equity and inclusion. He believes students should be challenged to apply their learning in authentic ways through project- and problem-based scenarios, and to use hands-on experiences and technology to question and solve real-life problems. It is his mission to have students realize their passions in life as educators have done for himself. Throughout this year, he will continue to motivate and inspire students each and every day to unlock students’ passions and engage in collaborative activities while meeting the needs of all students. 

Ms. Sarah Vrhovac is excited to jump into her fourth year of teaching, and is even more excited to be a Grateful Greenwood Gator!! Ms. V graduated from Longwood University in 2018. While attending Longwood she played four years of Division One field hockey. Ms. V continued her education at JMU where she earned a Masters of Reading Education in 2020. Ms. V’s goal is to build strong, positive relationships with each of her students and families. Ms. V strives to meet each student’s needs in a meaningful and unique way, while empowering students to find their voice and passion. She is looking forward to learning alongside her students through adventure and creativity! Go Gators! 

2nd Grade

Ms. LeYuani Wilson is a product of Henrico County Public Schools.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from JMU, and her Master’s in Education, as well as her Gifted Endorsement, from VCU. Ms. Wilson has enjoyed teaching for twenty-six years, and has taught eleven years at Greenwood. She believes in presenting her students with project-based learning opportunities that cultivates their creativity, develops their critical thinking skills and ultimately places them on the path to becoming global citizens. Her vision is to create a classroom environment where students feel comfortable exploring endless possibilities while working collaboratively to achieve success. She enjoys getting to know her students during her morning meetings and building relationships with them that extend beyond the classroom. Ms. Wilson is excited to meet her new Gators, and believes that with love, support and encouragement they can achieve success in all social, emotional and academic areas. Bring on the ‘21-22 school year! Let’s Go, Gators!

Mrs. Cindy Leigh has taught for over 36 years, 32 of which have been in Henrico County!  She has been a Greenwood Gator since the school opened in 2004!  Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Eastern University, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University.  Mrs. Leigh began her teaching career in NJ before relocating to VA. She has taught 1st through 5th grades, and looks forward to teaching 2nd grade this year.  Mrs. Leigh is a cancer survivor, an experience that has inspired her teaching philosophy:  to challenge all students to set high goals and reach for them every day. Her vision is to create an experience in which students feel positive toward life and work together as a family of learners.  Because Mrs. Leigh believes every child is capable of achieving great things, she will challenge her students to open their world to success by having a positive growth mindset! Mrs. Leigh is excited to get her students started on their second grade journey!

Ms. Katie Hall is excited for another exciting year at Greenwood and to join the second grade team!  She grew up in western Hanover County and 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. She taught first grade for three years and Kindergarten for two years. Ms. Hall fully embraces the growth mindset perspective, believing that all children will learn — and develop a love of learning! — by challenging themselves and building a confident inner voice.  In her room, there is a saying: ‘when you make mistakes, your brain grows!’ She hopes to show every child that missteps should be embraced and celebrated, not feared. Ms. Hall teaches to help every student feel loved and welcome, and know that school is a place for them to feel safe and free to explore, ask questions, make mistakes, and express themselves. Ms. Hall is thrilled to welcome back Greenwood students and families, and make this year a memorable one!

Mrs. Kaitlyn Glessner, formerly Ms. Kaitlyn Thompson, is pumped for another year teaching second grade at Greenwood! Mrs. Glessner grew up in Fredericksburg and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Liberty University. Mrs. Glessner is in her tenth year of teaching this year!  She previously taught in Spotsylvania County for seven years, teaching Kindergarten, second, and third grade.  Mrs. Glessner started at Greenwood teaching Kindergarten, moved up to second grade last year, and is excited to be staying in second grade this year!  Mrs. Glessner believes in a classroom culture where students feel “at home” and comfortable to be themselves, take chances, make mistakes, and LEARN!  She sees her students as a family and works hard to create a sense of belonging and togetherness in the classroom.  Mrs. Glessner’s goal as a teacher is for students to love reading, love exploring, love discovering, and love learning!  She is excited to help each student gain more confidence academically, socially, and emotionally. This year at Greenwood is going to be the best year yet and Mrs. Glessner is SO READY for it! 

Ms. Cathy Gaitor is thrilled to be joining the Greenwood family!  She graduated from Longwood University in 2008 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  After graduation, she taught for six years in Chesterfield County.  In 2014, Ms. Gaitor had a daughter and focused her energy on her family.  She remained active in education as a consultant for DimensionU Inc. and most recently as an Office Administrator at Redeemer Episcopal Day School.  She is so excited to be back in the classroom for the 2021-2022 school year.  Ms. Gaitor enjoys creating and maintaining a nurturing environment, where children feel loved and appreciated.  She embraces hands-on learning, creativity, and challenging her students to do their best.  She is looking forward to a fabulous first year at Greenwood! Go Gators!

3rd Grade

Mrs. Nicolle Farrar is a product of Henrico County Public Schools.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Masters of Teaching Degree in Teaching Early Childhood Education.  Mrs. Farrar has been a Greenwood Gator since it opened. She has taught kindergarten, first, second and is currently teaching third grade. She is eager to begin her 26th year of teaching.  Mrs. Farrar teaches with the hope of motivating and inspiring students to think for themselves in a safe and welcoming environment that encourages risk taking. Mrs. Farrar believes every student can grow academically, socially, and emotionally when they feel loved and respected.  She is looking forward to fostering a classroom where her students communicate and collaborate as they encounter the daily challenges of the third grade curriculum. Mrs. Farrar is ready for the 2021-2022 school year that is sure to be filled with enthusiasm towards learning!

Mrs. Leslie Wrighter is a product of Henrico County Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University. She is celebrating her twenty fourth year of teaching in Henrico and has been a part of Greenwood Elementary since its opening in 2004. She has taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Mrs. Wrighter teaches because she enjoys building relationships and helping students become more confident in themselves. She firmly believes that the best classroom is one filled with laughter. She strives to teach students to embrace differences, learn from mistakes, and to communicate effectively. Mrs. Wrighter is proud to teach at Greenwood and is excited to welcome students back to school!

Ms. Tricia Conlon is excited to start her fourth year as a Greenwood Gator and her eighth year teaching! Ms. Conlon is a graduate of High Point University in North Carolina where she began her teaching career. She is excited to welcome students into her classroom where learning is exciting and students are encouraged to take ownership and achieve their goals. Ms. Conlon’s embraces active learning through hands-on activities, classroom transformations, and the use of flexible seating. Ms. Conlon believes that our Greenwood Gators will change the world and as teachers it is her job to help them grow and succeed! Ms. Conlon cannot wait for the 2021-2022 school year to start and to have an incredible year with her students!

Ms. Victoria Riss is looking forward to beginning her third year as a Greenwood Gator! Ms. Riss graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelors in Media Arts and Design and attended the University of Virginia where she earned her Masters in Teaching. Ms. Riss believes it is important for students to collaborate, share, and reflect often. Building relationships with her students and giving her students time to connect with each other promotes an environment in which students feel safe to engage in productive risk-taking. Ms. Riss strives to foster the growth of global citizens through hands-on activities, collaborative work opportunities, and project-based learning. She looks forward to welcoming students back to school in the 2021-2022 school year!

Mrs. Karen Martin is excited to begin her sixteenth year of teaching at Greenwood!  She graduated from the University of Virginia (WAHOOWA!) with a B.A. in Sociology and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She worked for the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired for fourteen years before following her dream to become a teacher by returning to school at the University of Richmond to earn her teaching certificate.   Mrs. Martin believes that every child can be successful when they can learn in a safe and welcoming environment.  She passionately believes that reading is important, and the love of reading is equally important! Her vision for this year is for students to learn to communicate, build relationships and believe in themselves as they grow and succeed in 3rd grade.  When not at school, Mrs. Martin loves spending time with her husband, Shannon, sons Christopher and Benjamin as well as her superfriendly dog Roxy and crazy cat Peanut.  Mrs. Martin is thrilled to begin the 2021-2022 school year and is ready to help her students navigate the exciting journey through third grade!

4th Grade

Ms. Donna Kouri is all about the children entering her classroom every school day! Be Here, Be You, Belong! –will be the mantra we personify this year. We will travel this journey together and we will embrace our hopes and dreams for another great year at Greenwood Elementary. Individually we are good; together we are STRONG! The love of literacy will be enhanced and enriched through all aspects of our learning journey. Creating and developing an atmosphere of learning by connecting it with prior knowledge has proven to be great stepping stones for her students. Students feel the energy of the learning environment in her classroom. Ms. Kouri loves her profession of teaching and is thrilled to be working with 4th & 5th graders again. Her experience as an educator includes all of the grade levels of elementary education, and she has worked in several surrounding school systems. She feels she has come full-circle by teaching in Henrico Schools since all of her own public school education was in Henrico County: Skipwith Elementary, Tuckahoe Middle and J.R. Tucker High.  Let the 2021-2022 School Year Begin!

Ms. Carlee Parker was born and raised in New York, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education / Childhood Education. Ms. Parker then continued her education at  SUNY New Paltz earning her Masters Degree in Literacy Education. She  is extremely excited to be entering her first year teaching, and moving into Henrico County! Ms. Parker’s teaching philosophy is centered around the idea that students deserve to be an active member in their education. Naturally, children are curious, adventurous, and wonderers; as teachers, she believes it is our duty to foster these characteristics, not diminish them. Her vision for the year is to create a classroom environment that fosters the love and excitement of reading and writing in every student.  Ms. Parker is ecstatic to begin teaching the future leaders of our world and launch into her career at Greenwood Elementary school! 

Mrs. Lecia Meekins is excited about starting her 31st year of teaching. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2002, she continued her teaching career in Henrico County. She has taught grades first, third, fourth, and fifth. She believes that all students can learn and be successful. She loves teaching Math because she has  many strategies to unlock the Math secrets that make learning Math fun. Mrs. Meekins enjoys teaching because she thrives on getting “goosebumps” when her students show mastery. Her plan for this year is to motivate her students to meet their greatest potential through communication, collaboration, and hands-on activities. Mrs. Meekins is thrilled to welcome the students back for the new school year of 2021-2022!

Ms. Laurie Casey is a 4th grade teacher excited to begin her 21st year of teaching! Ms. Casey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University in 1998.  She has experience teaching second through fifth grade.  Ms. Casey believes that every child comes to school with special gifts and talents to share.  She strives to foster a lifelong love of learning and a collaborative environment in her classroom.  She is regularly found with a book in her hand and hopes to instill that love of reading in her students.  When she is not at school, Ms. Casey enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Gwendolyn and Addison, and their silly dog, Dakota.  Ms. Casey cannot wait to welcome her new Gators and experience a year of growth and many successes!

Ms. Amy Eberhard was born and raised in the Richmond area. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and her Master’s in Education. She began her teaching career in Chesterfield County, where she has taught 4th grade for the last 7 years. Ms. Eberhard’s is very excited to begin her journey in Henrico and at Greenwood! Her classroom is centered around the students. She instills a love of learning focused on engagement, fun, and a lot of laughs! She believes in empowering students to be the best version of themselves in and out of the classroom. Ms. Eberhard makes sure students are active in their learning, creators, innovators, and leaders. When not at school, Ms. Eberhard enjoys spending time with her family and her three year old son, Caleb. She cannot wait to welcome all the Gators back to school this year for the 2021-2022 school year!

5th Grade

Mrs. Kati Baum was born and raised in Upstate New York in the small town of Horseheads.  She came 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 17th year of teaching, 16 of which have been at Greenwood.  Mrs. Baum is proud to be a Greenwood Gator and loves teaching fourth and fifth grade!  She strives to make her classroom a place where her students feel valued and included.  Mrs. Baum believes in the importance of making learning meaningful, relevant, hands-on, and fun.  When she isn’t at school, her husband and three children keep her busy. Like Mrs. Baum, her three children are also proud of their Gator heritage.  Mrs. Baum is excited for the new school year and is looking forward to getting to know her new Gators!  

Mrs. 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 being inspired by many of her teachers, she knew that she eventually wanted to become a teacher. After high school, she went to University of Virginia. 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 eighth 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, and her vision for the year is to have students become more comfortable with reading and writing and enjoy it! 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 5th grade teacher, is a Richmond native, growing up the youngest of five, in North Richmond. After attending Old Dominion University, he worked in the private sector, most recently as a financial analyst. Mr. Taylor has been in the field of education for 18 years, starting as a full-time IA with Henrico County, while completing his degree in education with VCU and Mary Baldwin, before joining Richmond Public Schools as a Lead Exceptional Education Teacher. He returned to the county the following year, in the same capacity. This will be his 12th year teaching 5th grade, and his 6th as a member of the Greenwood family. Mr. Taylor’s philosophy is that all are a valuable asset to the school environment, and he seeks to develop a positive culture that students, families, and community will feel connected to, in various ways. His vision and plan for this year is that students will have a greater appreciation for their own uniqueness, along with enhanced acceptance of the same in others. Additionally, students will experience connections, collaboration, compassion, gratefulness, accountability, optimism, and respect that is community based and child centered. This will lead to students being life ready; which is greater than, but includes, being academically ready. Mr. Taylor teaches because he has a passion for helping students attain their true potential, which some haven’t fully realized. It is his honor and privilege to accompany them on this journey, and to be a member of their village. Mr. Taylor is married, with two children. He loves spending time with friends and family, holidays, and watching National Geographic Wild. One of his dream vacations is to go on safari in Africa.

Mrs. Carter Turner is a 5th grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary. She is a product of Hanover County Schools, graduating from Mechanicsville High School in 2003. After high school, she attended James Madison University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. Greenwood has been her home for her entire teaching career of 14 years! As a language arts educator, her goal for her students is to develop a love for reading and writing. She believes that all children are unique and have something special they can bring to their own education. Students need to be encouraged as readers and writers and establish their own goals for learning.  Her mission  is to help them set, attain, and celebrate these goals. Mrs. Turner is looking forward to another amazing year at Greenwood. Go, Gators!   Outside of school, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, her daughter, Olivia, and their cuddly dog, Zoe. Boating and relaxing by the  water are some of their favorite activities to do as a family!  

Mrs. Mandi Green graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and earned her teaching license through the graduate program at Lynchburg College. This will be her tenth year as a classroom teacher with experience in third, fourth, and fifth grade. She believes that school is not only an opportunity to gain knowledge, but also a chance to obtain relationships, life lessons, and meaningful experiences. Mrs. Green envisions her school year to be filled with life ready activities that not only challenge students to think critically, but also to problem solve with their peers and present their ideas in an organized, innovative manner. Mrs. Green teaches because she believes that every child deserves to have an educator who will advocate for them to become the best person that he or she can be. Mrs. Green lives in Hanover County with her husband, two sons, Easton and Beckett, and several pets. She loves being outside, riding horses, fishing, and being on the water.

Exceptional Ed and Student Support

Mr. Jake Anderson, our exceptional education teacher,  is pumped to start his fourth year teaching at Greenwood Elementary!! He earned his undergraduate and Masters Degree at NC State University.  Mr. Anderson believes that there is greatness in everyone and everyone can succeed. The Jimmy V quote “Don’t give up, Don’t ever give up” helps Mr. Anderson guide not only himself, but also his students. Mr. Anderson teaches to help his students find something they love and to give them opportunities to be successful. This school year, Mr. Anderson plans to bring new energy to our house system both in and out of the classroom which will help students feel a sense of belonging returning to the school environment. Mr. Anderson always strives to build positive relationships with students and their families and to help make Greenwood a second home. When not at school, Mr. Anderson enjoys being outside with is wife, 3 year old son, and puppy, Leia. Mr. Anderson is very much looking forward to the birth of this daughter this school year! Mr. Anderson loves sports and movies especially the Star Wars franchise. He cannot wait to have an amazing school year!

Mrs. Lori Perkins is our school Physical Therapist serving Greenwood along with several other schools in the Central East zone of HCPS. She serves on one of the Preschool evaluation teams along with providing  school based Physical Therapy services for elementary, middle and high schools and enjoys seeing the growth and progress of her students. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. Mrs. Perkins is married with 2 grown children and recently added a daughter-n.law to her fun family. Mrs. Perkins loves helping children increase their independence and build on the strengths of each individual student. She loves the team atmosphere at Greenwood to help support each student to reach their full potential. 

Mrs. Jennifer Koslow is eager to start her twelfth year of service as a Speech-Language Pathologist! She is grateful to join the team at Greenwood Elementary after four years in North Carolina. She was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in 2008, and her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia in 2010. She started her career with HCPS in 2010, and she was proud to be the Christie Award nominee for Kaechele Elementary in 2014 and Deep Run High School in 2017. She enjoys working with people across the lifespan (with experience in the hospital setting, long-term care facilities, public and private schools, and early childhood programs including classroom, daycare, and home-based services), but she especially loves being part of a team and contributing to a vibrant school community. She believes that greatness is not achieved alone, and working with families, teachers, classmates, and anyone else on a student’s team is essential for the best student outcomes. She has a passion for supporting students on the journey to achieve their greatest independent communicative potential.  Her enthusiasm for her work is driven by the belief that communication is a human right, and everyone deserves the opportunity to find and use their unique voice. She thrives on providing advocacy and contributing to finding solutions for a range of communicative needs. She is committed to researching and utilizing the best methods to provide individualized speech and language instruction. Her goal is to empower students to confidently communicate with staff and peers in the classroom and throughout the school environment.

Ms. Rachel Parks, our exceptional education teacher, is over the moon about her first year at Greenwood Elementary! She is from Glen Allen, VA and is a product of Henrico County Public Schools, graduating from Glen Allen High School in 2016. From there, she attended Longwood University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Exceptional Education. Currently, she is working towards getting her Master Degree in Exceptional Education at Longwood University. Prior to working at Greenwood she had the opportunity to work at Twin Hickory Elementary School, as a classroom monitor. Ms. Parks has a wide range of experiences working amongst children with diverse abilities. She believes that the classroom is a living community with unique learning styles. By incorporating different teaching methods and blending those unique learning styles, she can create a successful classroom for each and every student! Ms. Parks became an educator because she wants to help advocate for students like her teachers did for her throughout her education. Ms. Parks is dedicating her first year of teaching to her Gam (grandma), as she was her biggest inspiration and supporter all throughout her life.

Mrs. Janiece Ross our exceptional education teacher, is excited to begin her 4th year at Greenwood Elementary!! Going into her 21st year of teaching, she is a lifelong learning having her Bachelors, Masters, and Post-Masters certifications from Old Dominion University, Virginia State University, and The George Washington University. Mrs. Ross also received training and has course work at Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Virginia- Charlottesville and Wise campuses. She believes in building students up through instructional successes, and through relationships with them and their families. By creating a safe place to make mistakes, ask questions, and even confide in, Mrs. Ross remains in contact with more than a few former students and families! Her students believe in themselves knowing that the expert in anything was once a beginner. Beginning and learning new things can sometimes be hard, but with the right practice and strategies, the hard things won’t always be hard! With a sparkling new planner in hand, Mrs. Ross is ready to plan new adventures and time with her husband, their two year old daughter, their mixed poodle fur baby Buddy, and their village of close family and friends. A new school year brings new opportunities to create positive experiences and relationships that will last a lifetime! This year, Mrs. Ross is ready for just that! Let’s Go Gators!

Shanna Crawford is a Full-time Instructional Assistant with Greenwood Elementary School. Ms. Crawford is blessed to be a mother to a daughter who is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in Art Education and a son who is a sixth grader at Fairfield Middle School in the International Baccalaureate Program. Ms. Crawford was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia. Ms. Crawford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Leo University majoring in Criminal Justice. She began her career as a Paraprofessional with Newport News Public Schools in 2002 until relocating to Henrico County, Virginia in 2012. Ms. Crawford joined the Greenwood Elementary School family in January of 2013. Ms. Crawford is also a Henrico CASA volunteer, advocating for abused and neglected children. Her continued passion is to be a positive light in as many children’s lives as she possibly can. Ms. Crawford loves being a Greenwood Gator and looks forward to another great school year.