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June 18, 2018

School board appoints two new assistant principals

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Amy Cackowski will work as M.M. Pierce Elementary’s new assistant principal and Sydney Kelly will work at Greenville Elementary.
Fauquier’s school board last week approved the hiring of two new assistant principals.

Amy Cackowski will start June 18 at M.M. Pierce Elementary School and Sydney Kelly will start July 1 at Greenville Elementary.

M.M. Pierce Elementary School

Ms. Cackowski will join Pierce Elementary as assistant principal, replacing Dennis Adkins, who retired.

“I can’t wait to get to know the Pierce community,” Ms. Cackowski said. “I look forward to working with (Principal) Laura Hoover to support teachers and help create a positive environment for all students to succeed.”

Ms. Cackowski has spent nine years at Bradley Elementary, where she previously taught first, third and fifth grade, and served as the school’s math specialist.

A Fauquier native, Ms. Cackowski attended Ritchie Elementary, Warrenton Middle, and Liberty High schools.

She looks forward to continuing her career in Fauquier and to giving back to the community that had such a significant impact on her.

The influence of teachers at Ritchie led Ms. Cackowski to become an educator.

“I was inspired by many of my elementary school teachers, but especially Mrs. O’Bannon and Mrs. Cicotello,” she said. “I still remember the first time I walked into their classrooms and the way they really got to know me as an individual. It left an impression on me, and I made sure I did that for each and every one of my students.

“I want to continue this practice and build lasting relationships with students, teachers and staff, and parents of the Pierce community,” she added.

Ms. Cackowski became a leader at Bradley through her involvement with various committees — PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), RTI (Response to Intervention), Social Committee, and the PTO. As she mentored and collaborated with many teachers, she made sure to keep one focus — doing “what’s best for our kids.”

She decided to become a school administrator “to have a bigger impact on the success of students.”

Ms. Cackowski earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from the University of Mary Washington and an endorsement in K-12 educational leadership.

Ms. Cackowski and her husband, Matt, have two daughters — Marissa, a rising 2nd grader, and Kennedy, a preschooler.

In her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking and watching her girls play soccer.

Greenville Elementary School

After teaching for twenty years at Mary Walter Elementary School, Sydney Kelly will join Greenville Elementary School as assistant principal, replacing Jasmine Carpenter.

“I’m so excited to have been selected for such a great school. I am looking forward to learning more about the Greenville community and forming lasting relationships with the students, their families, and the staff,” Ms. Kelly said.

She received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Radford University in 1995 and will complete her master’s degree in educational leadership from California University of Pennsylvania this summer.

Ms. Kelly began her teaching career in Augusta County as a kindergarten instructional assistant and then a second-grade teacher.

In 1998, she started working at Mary Walter Elementary where she has taught first, second, third and fourth grade.

Ms. Kelly has worked as Mary Walter’s instructional technology resource teacher for the past four years.

“As I began to work closely with other educators, I found innovation, professional development, and leadership to be at the forefront of my passions,” she said. “I wanted to be more of a change agent and reach more students and educators, thus turning to administration and school leadership.”

Ms. Kelly seeks to bring more innovation to teaching and learning.

She is also excited to work in a positive and fun environment while following her mantra — doing things in a “happy, cheerful, manner.”

Ms. Kelly and her husband Eric, a music teacher at Mary Walter, have two children: Parker, a rising sixth-grader at Cedar Lee, and McKenna, a rising second-grader at Mary Walter.

Ms. Kelly is a classically trained pianist and enjoys singing and songwriting as well as playing various instruments including the ukulele, percussion and harmonica.

She performs with her husband at local venues and also enjoys running, cycling, knitting, crocheting and sewing.

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Stacie Griffin · July 1, 2018 at 10:15 pm
Congratulations to both of you and to all of the children who will benefit from your leadership, guidance and experience. Wonderful news for our community!
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