When Dr. Toogood began his assignment as principal at Jennie Dean Elementary School, he feels privileged to join the Jennie Dean Elementary team. "I look forward to our shared success as we come together to continue the rich legacy of Dean Elementary," he said.
Dr. Toogood has implemented a new mission and vision for Dean Elementary as he goes into his third year at the helm. This mission and vision are connected through our new mantra: “Achieving Success: Now and For the Future.” Dr. Toogood, after spending ample time interacting with the school’s staff and resources, has presented a vigorous plan to raise the level of achievement and sustain the excellence that is so much a part of the tradition of the school. Dr. Toogood firmly feels "A firm foundation has already been laid. As we build upon it, we will do so with a clear vision, a strong sense of determination, and firm dedication. The journey ahead of us is paved with the strength of an aligned curriculum, a competent staff, and most importantly, motivated scholars. Together we WILL achieve our best!"
Kara Mills joins Jennie Dean as new Assistant Principal!
Kara Mills has joined the Jennie Dean Elementary team as their new Assistant Principal. Mills has been a part of the MCPS family since October 2010 when she accepted a position at Osbourn High School as the ESOL Department Supervisor. During her year at Osbourn, Mills provided leadership to nine teachers who served more than 500 ESOL students. Among her many responsibilities, she also facilitated department meetings and coordinated testing and scheduling for the department. Gifted with both conversational and written Spanish skills, Mills worked diligently at Osbourn to ensure the ESOL program was a success. She hopes to utilize all her skills to the benefit of the Dean community as well. Before coming to Manassas City Public Schools, Mills worked as a 4th grade teacher with Orange County Public Schools and as a 3rd grade teacher with Escambia County Public Schools both in the state of Florida. Mills is a 2003 graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she earned a B.A. in Radio/TV-Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She also earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from UCF. Mills holds certifications in Elementary Education (K-6), English (6-12), English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12), and Administration and Supervision (K-12).
Congratulations Ms. Mills!