Maritsa Alger

Member at Large

I am the Principal of T. Clay Wood Elementary School in Prince William County. I serve as the liaison between the members of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and our National Association, NAESP.  I coordinate the membership campaigns for VAESP and advise the NAESP and VAESP Board of Directors on policies and programs. I am also part of the NAESP President Nomination committee. Please feel free to contact me ( if you have questions about VAESP or NAESP, interested in information about membership to VAESP/NAESP or would like to provide feedback on any of the Associations programs and events. 

I am thrilled to serve as President-Elect for VAESP. In my 4 years on the Board, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people on the state and national level. In my role as President-Elect, I would like to hear from you about how to best serve you. My passion is and always has been to mentor aspiring leaders, while networking and learning alongside current leaders.  Our organization is one that not only embraces collaboration, but promotes it on every level.

As we embark upon the 2016-2017 school year, I ask that you join me in the quest to make our organization much stronger. I would like to share how I managed to get 100% Administrator participation in our local organization and how we worked collaboratively with each other, as well as our Superintendent to build our capacity as leaders. My theme for this school year is, TeamWork Matters. The acronym for TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) is so apropos. I implore your help with increasing VAESP membership and joining our TEAM!

I can be reached at Please email me with your questions, ideas, thoughts on how VAESP can best serve you!

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Cheryl Jordan


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am honored to serve as the President of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals this year. I have been an active member of VAESP since 2000, when I started as an assistant principal in Chesterfield County. I have previously served on the VAESP Board as a Director of the Capital Zone for four year before becoming the President Elect last year.  

Like many of you, I just love the start of a new school year. It is a time of possibilities, fresh ideas and new opportunities. I believe we are facing an equally exciting time in K-12 education for our state as well. As an organization, VAESP has been an integral part of the recent changes to SOL testing. VAESP will continue to advocate for school leaders and have a voice in many of the decisions that are being made to improve our schools. Our mission will be to focus on more ways VAESP can help principals and assistant principals meet the increasing and changing demands of our jobs. 

As I start my 27th year in education, I remain optimistic in our profession and all that we do to support teachers and engage students, so that our schools are thriving and successful. If there is anything that we as an organization can do to help you face the challenges in your role of principal or assistant principal, please let me ( know! 

Are you ready to be a part of the 2016 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Conference?  As the Member at Large for VAESP, I am responsible for organizing the annual conference side by side with the Executive Director and members of the board.   Each year we explore conference topics, speakers, and experiences that are meaningful and memorable.  We personally take the time to meet potential keynote speakers to then decide if the person is a match for our leaders.  We develop the conference experience and schedule with you in mind knowing that everyone's time is valuable. We are excited to host the 2017 VAESP Conference, June 25-27, 2017 at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront!  Send me ( your topic ideas or names of educators that you would like for us to consider as guest speakers.  We are here to serve you and make your next conference experience one to remember.  I look forward to seeing you at the beach in June.

Rachel Foglesong


Andrew Buchheit

NAESP State Representative

Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals

1805 Chantilly Street

Richmond, Virginia 23230

804.355.6791    Fax: 804.355.1196

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