Meet our Administration
Ms. Gabriel Chidester, Principal
Thank you for such a warm welcome as I embark in my new role as Principal of Conn Magnet Elementary School. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I also hold a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the field of Educational Leadership and Administration. I am licensed in K-6 Elementary Education, K-12 Reading, K-6 Exceptional Children- General Curriculum, and as a K-12 Principal. During my 16 years in education, I have served in the role of a special education teacher, classroom teacher, Instructional Facilitator, Literacy Coach, and Assistant Principal all at the elementary level. I believe all students deserve to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning each day. I was a Teacher of the Year finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools and a Cary Chamber’s Honor a Teacher Program finalist during my years as a teacher. In 2018, I was selected to be a member of the first inaugural Assistant Principal Leadership Academy cohort through RTI International. I am a dedicated and passionate educator who enjoys supporting the growth and development of those I serve. I look forward to working with each one of your families on our educational journey together. I am proud to be the new leader of our CONNmUNITY!
Ms. Deborah Edwards, Interim Assistant Principal