Principal's Page

Notes from the Principal

Thank you to everyone who donated gifts to our Angel Tree program and food for TJES families!  Our SCA representatives were able to assist with sorting and boxing gifts for children again this year.  Thank you to Mrs. Torrence for her tremendous help in coordinating this program.  I also want to thank Mrs. Jones of the Salvation Army and the many volunteers who have helped with this wonderful program!

We would like to thank all of our Career Day parent presenters.  There were some amazing presentations enjoyed by students and staff alike.  Thank you all for donating your time and talent to help spark student interest about their possible future careers.

On behalf of the TJES Staff, I want to extend a big thank you to those that sent food for the staff brunch on Monday, December 18th.  That was an amazing meal of delicious food that was healthy and satisfying. 

Our PTA is so amazing with all of the activities they conduct for our TJES families!  I am very grateful for the hard work and efforts of a small number of very dedicated volunteers.  Events such as the Fall Festival, Read-A-Thon, Sing-A-Long, and Santa Shop (just to name a few) would not happen without their work.  Won’t you consider joining these dedicated few to help spread the work among many?  There are many events that cannot continue unless we get more volunteers to take on small tasks.  Consider joining our PTA Board or helping with an event so you can have a greater impact on the things that we are able to do for our families. 

I am very excited to see the progress and impact of our new social emotional learning program from the Success For All (SFA) Foundation called Getting Along Together (GAT).  SFA describes this program as,

"Students learn thinking and cognitive skills, emotional management, as well as interpersonal and social skills.  Collectively, these skills and strategies will help create a peaceful school environment where students are empowered to manage their behavior, decrease conflict, and increase receptivity to learning."‚Äč
Teachers will be trained in this curriculum and given the materials to teach specific weekly lessons throughout the school year.  This approach is similar to the Responsive Classroom philosophy in which staff have been trained.  GAT provides specific tools and lessons to support teachers and students.

Be sure to check the school’s website, 
www.bedfordtjes.sharpschool.net, for important announcements and calendar information.

 

Andy Greenough

Thank you to Miss Virginia, Michaela Sigmon for the inspiring message of "Making it Matter" which she shared with our school on January 30, 2017!  It was great to meet a young lady from my home town representing our State!




 Thank you to Miss Virginia, Savannah Lane, for her inspiring message during her visit to TJES on Friday, March 18, 2016!

Miss VA Savannah Lane with Andy Greenough & Jeanie Floyd

 








Andy Greenough began serving as the principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary in July of 2009.  He previously served as the principal of New London Academy from 2006 to 2009.  Prior to becoming a principal, Mr. Greenough served as the assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary for the 2005-20006 school year, and at Forest Middle School from 2002 to 2005.  Mr. Greenough taught third grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary from 2000 to 2002, and second grade at New London Academy from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Greenough previously worked for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office serving as a D.A.R.E. Officer, Training Coordinator and a variety of other positions within the department.  While serving as the training coordinator he was a State certified firearms, defensive tactics and first aid instructor as well as being trained as a Glock armorer & firearms instructor.

Mr. Greenough earned his Master of Education in Education Leadership from Lynchburg College.  He completed his teacher license at Norfolk State University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance Management from Old Dominion University.

Mr. Greenough is originally from Chesapeake/Virginia Beach, but moved to the Bedford area in 1996.  He is married with two children.  His son is a graduate of Bedford County Public Schools and Central Virginia Community College Early College program.  He now attends James Madison University, “Go Dukes,” and is pursuing a degree in Psychology.  His daughter attends Bedford County Public Schools.


 

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