Principal's Page

Notes from the Principal

We have come to a close of another outstanding school year.  I am very proud of the success that our students and staff have achieved with our end of year testing!  Many of our students showed some amazing growth with their reading and math skills.  Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for this success.

It is sad to see some of our staff members leave us this year.
Jody Turner (LMS), Sue Moore (PE), JoAnn Stocks (Paraprofessional), Justin Brown (Grade 3), Gretcen Preble (Paraprofessional), Abbie Thompson (Paraprofessional), Kelly Snyder (Grade 3), and Jillian Nash (ESL).
They are going to be greatly missed.  We wish them all the best in their next endeavors!

We welcome Julie Lacks to be full-time with our fifth grade team of teachers.  We also welcome Rachel Roller to our third grade team of teachers joining Nicole Tibbs who is transferring from fifth grade.  We also welcome Teresa White who is a paraprofessional transferring from New London Academy.  We have two teachers changing grade levels, Amy Hensley from third to fourth and Brandi Beneke from K to second.

I am very excited to announce that we will be implementing a 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."
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.

We will also integrate the SFA Solutions Teams with our staff.  These are processes and tools that help staff target specific aspects of the school (such as Instruction, Families, Community, Interventions and Attendance).  This will help staff teams target the listed areas to make an impact on student achievement.

We will continue to explore ways to bring the SFA reading curriculum to our school in the coming school year.  To learn more information visit their website at http://www.successforall.org/.

Our students enjoyed two wonderful days of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)​ during our final week of school.  It was an excellent experience for our students.  We are already planning to have these experiences again for the upcoming school year.

We will continue our WatchDOGS program in the upcoming school year.  We are finding that serving half-days are the optimum hours for these father figures to participate at school.  Please call us if you are interesting in helping out.

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.  Their 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.  Their daughter attends Bedford County Public Schools.