Today, Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent, and Mr. John Wright, School Board Chair, met with the Randolph Elementary School faculty to introduce Mrs. Melissa Reams as the next principal of Randolph Elementary School. Mrs. Reams, a resident of Goochland County and a parent of two Randolph students, replaces Mr. Dan Gardner, who resigned effective June 30 to assume an administrative position in Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Mrs. Reams joins Goochland County Public Schools after nearly 16 years in public education, including experience in Henrico and Chesterfield County Public Schools as a first grade teacher, math teacher in residence, fourth grade teacher, associate principal, and most recently as principal of Greenfield Elementary School in Chesterfield County, where she has served as principal since 2016. At Greenfield, Mrs. Reams has led a faculty and staff to meet the needs of a student body of over 600 students where 22 languages are spoken.
Mrs. Reams was the recipient of the 2020 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership for Chesterfield County Public Schools in 2020. This award recognizes one principal from among all schools in each of the four metro Richmond school divisions and is initiated on recommendation of the faculty. Mrs. Reams was selected from among principals of over 60 schools in Chesterfield, and her award will be used to diversify the school’s inventory of culturally relevant literature, allowing all students to see themselves in the books they read.
“I cannot wait to build upon the amazing things already happening at Randolph Elementary”, Mrs. Reams says. “It is a true privilege to be named principal in the county I live and at the school my children attend. I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff and community. I am thrilled to begin this journey together.”
Mrs. Reams is active in the Virginia and National Associations of Elementary School Principals, participated in the 2017-2019 University of Virginia SCOPE program for aspiring leaders, and has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her teacher certification from the University of Richmond, and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Randolph and Goochland County community will have several opportunities to meet Mrs. Reams prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. She will begin effective July 1.
Mrs. Melissa Reams