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Notes from the Principal

Join me in congratulating Kris Paul and Teresa Overstreet for being voted the TJES Teacher of the Year and the TJES Education Support Person of the Year respectively!  Mrs. Paul and Ms. Overstreet are both outstanding educators who both care very deeply for all students.  These ladies excel at engaging all students to work to their fullest potential regardless of any situation.  Each of them have a wonderful love for education, senses of humor and charisma that makes them stars at TJES!

Please welcome back Mrs. Paula Milas to TJES!  She is returning to her role as the original TJES secretary.  She is scheduled to begin on March 26th.

We have experienced a sharp increase in the absenteeism at our school.  The rate for Chronic Absenteeism was less than 5% in 2015-16, but increased to 23% in 2016-17!

Next school year VA schools will be monitored under the revised Standards of Accreditation (SOA).  The revised SOA provides a more comprehensive view of school quality and expands accountability beyond pass rates on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and high school graduation and completion. In addition to SOL test scores in reading and math, the revised SOA looks at attendance.  Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year, regardless of reason.  Schools with less than 15% of its students being chronically absent are in the acceptable range.  Schools with a higher chronic absenteeism will need to develop an improvement plan in that area.

Our increased rate of absenteeism (23%) for last year and our current rate will cause our school to develop a specific plan to improve attendance.  We ask for your help in reducing absences whenever possible that is not related to an illness requiring a student to remain home. 

TJES is in need of a father/grandfather who is able to serve in a leadership role for our WatchDOGS program.  Our WatchDOG volunteers have greatly diminished since the Winter Holiday.  If you are interested in helping to keep this important program going at TJES please contact the school office.

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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