Principal's Page

Notes from the Principal

We are excited about the endorsement of the GAT2 program that TJES has integrated this school year.See the following article at the following website,, for the full article.
"Success for All's "Getting Along Together" program has been reviewed and approved as a SELect program by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), the world's leading organization advancing one of the most important elds in education in decades: the practice of promoting integrated academic, social, and emotional learning for all children in preschool through high school. The program also received CASEL's highest ratings for practices that promote SEL in classroom, school-wide, and family contexts."

The staff and students of TJES are saddened by the loss of our Top WatchDOG Gary North.  Mr. North made a big impact on the students and fathers at our school.  He will be greatly missed by us all.  Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers!

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. 

Be sure to check the school’s website,, 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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