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    Jamill Jones, President, VAESP

I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education and I look forward to serving as your President of VAESP.  As we navigate into this very thought-provoking and essential time, I want you to know that I am dedicated to representing you and our organization. As we move forward to this amazing and unique year, all signs point to another incredible and productive school year. I believe that each of your skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your students. Moreover, we all welcome our hard working and conscientious custodians who have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning our facilities. Many of you have active PTA who are gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed  surrounded by a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting  high level learning.

Please remember that you are not alone during this pandemic! Thousands of educators are being challenged just as you are with the possibility of being furloughed, grief, illness and the like.  This is a time of risk where we can choose to be our best or be our worst. We are seeing a dichotomy in every story.

We have the most important commodities right now in our health and knowledge. Knowing and understanding all of this enables us to ensure that we are the best we can be during this vital time.   It is important that we demonstrate our humanity by giving and sharing with those who are less fortunate than we are or who are struggling just to survive. . A crisis is best managed by controlling the narrative, planning, then practicing literally one minute, one student, and one issue at a time. To do too much simultaneously risks being overwhelmed. In closing, losing self‐care is to lose your higher level thinking, as well as your knowledge and skills for staff, students, and more importantly YOURSELF.

Welcome Back Colleagues!

I hope you had an opportunity to take some time to reflect and get some much needed rest during these challenging times. Hopefully you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning team and community.

Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals

1805 Chantilly Street

Richmond, Virginia 23230

804.355.6791    Fax: 804.355.1196

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​You MUST renew your 2020-2021 membership no later than September 30, 2020 or you will lose your accumulated active membership benefits!  Don't hesitate, do it today!  Contact Eric Kelly at (804) 355-6792 or email at for additional information and assistance.  

VAESP has a Joint State relationship with NAESP.  When you join VAESP, you also join NAESP

New Year, New Reality