PWCS staff members are shining stars at Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference
Posted on 07/02/2019
Group of PWCS staffSeveral administrators from Prince William County Public Schools were recognized recently at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) held in Williamsburg.

Andrew Buchheit, principal of T. Clay Wood Elementary School, was sworn in as the association’s president for 2019-20 and was recognized with the Professional Development Award.

Nathanial Provencio, former principal of Minnieville Elementary School who is now serving as the associate superintendent of eastern elementary schools, was named the National Distinguished Principal. Debbie Ellis, assistant principal at Minnieville Elementary was named National Outstanding Assistant Principal. Geof Brunson, assistant principal at The Nokesville School, and Beth Nuckles, assistant principal at Henderson Elementary School, were recognized with a regional assistant principal award.

“The focus of the conference was how could we as school leaders continue to support our students, staff, schools, and community,” Buchheit said. “School leaders directly influence the culture of the school by keeping the focus on the whole student, maintaining quality and equitable instruction, supporting and growing teachers, fostering a positive social emotional climate, developing, and nurturing home partnerships and family engagement and stakeholder attitudes and expectations.”

In one of the culminating sessions, PWCS Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts shared how his participation on Twitter has helped him develop better relationships with parents, students, and staff. Keynote Presenter Joe Sanfilippo, co-author of Hacking Leadership, shared specific strategies he uses as superintendent of his school division to celebrate and recognize his schools. Eric Cardwell, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, talked about nurturing relationships with all stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. James Lane, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, shared the profile of the VA Graduate and their new theme – “Virginia is for Learners.”