Principal Barbara Childress was recently selected to open Echo Lake Elementary School in Glen Allen, due, in part, to the instructional leadership she has exhibited throughout her career. In her former position as principal of Dumbarton Elementary in Richmond, Mrs. Childress established a database of state Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores to help teachers target areas of improvement. She supported her staff by providing each teacher with a diskette that contained key information about their new students at the start of the school year. A pioneer in the district's effective use of technology, Mrs. Childress led the development of KIDMAT, an assessment tool that helps identify and target instructional needs.
1972 Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S.