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Principal’s Message

Greetings Pinchbeck Ray Families!

It is my pleasure to serve as the newly appointed principal at Raymond B. Pinchbeck Elementary School!

Let me share a little about my background. This year will be 16th in my educational career. I began in Petersburg as a 6th grade science teacher. The following year, I joined Henrico County Public Schools as a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science teacher at L. D. Wilder Middle School. I earned my Masters (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University during my time there.

Practically upon graduation, I became the assistant principal, then the associate principal at H. M. Ratcliffe Elementary School. Afterward, I transferred to Twin Hickory Elementary School as the associate principal. Two major milestones occurred during my time at Twin Hickory Elementary. I earned my doctoral degree in education (Ed.D.) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I got married!

Most recently, I served as principal of Short Pump Elementary School. While there, I had another personal milestone – the birth of my oldest child Adira. In each experience, it has been a joy collaborating with others to contribute to positive changes with my students and school community.

In my new role at Pinchbeck Elementary School, I am thrilled to combine my years of experience with the collective expertise of our school’s staff and partner with our families to create a relevant yet fun learning environment for our students. Our theme for the 2020-2021 school year is “STRONGer Together” as inspired by a quote from Helen Keller: Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much. Throughout this school year, we desire to build on the purpose of educating and developing our students as thinkers, leaders, and good citizens to our community and beyond.

I am confident that though our start is unprecedented and unlike anything we have ever experienced, we will make the 2020-21 school year one that inspires growth, strength, and persistence within our students and our school community as we purposefully work together. I look forward to working with you to make this year a great one!

Educationally yours,

Sarah E. M. Slaughter, Ed.D.

Pinchbeck Elementary School, Principal

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