Meet our Administration
Ms. Gabriel Chidester, Principal
It is my honor to introduce myself as the principal of Conn Magnet Elementary School. I am grateful to be a part of the rich legacy of Conn Magnet Elementary. I believe every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged and engaged in their learning each day, therefore I am dedicated to promoting, understanding, and creating equitable learning environments for our students. Throughout my years in education, I have contributed to the work focused on equity leadership through my participation and involvement in various committees and teams.
I am a transparent leader who understands the importance of clear, consistent, and effective communication. I am a team player who values the input of others as we work together to make sound educational decisions based on what is best for students. The success of our students is supported through collaborative relationships and partnerships with all stakeholders.
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 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.
It is my true honor to serve the wonderful CONNmUNITY. 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.
Mr. Jeffrey Kimbro, Assistant Principal
My name is Jeff Kimbro and I am the proud Assistant Principal of Conn Magnet Elementary. I am thrilled to be rejoining the Conn family, and partnering with the entire CONNmUNITY to help our students develop the confidence and innovative thinking that will help them find enjoyment and success during their elementary years.
I am originally from Caswell County, North Carolina - the son of a kindergarten teacher and a farmer. This early combination helped me develop an appreciation for education as well as hard work. I attended East Carolina University (Go Pirates!!) earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. I went on to complete a Master’s degree in Education at ECU, as well as a Master’s in School Administration from N.C. State University.
I began my career in education as the Adaptive Physical Education Specialist in Person County. In the Fall of 2003, I was fortunate to join the Conn Magnet Elementary School Staff as the Physical Education teacher for TEN wonderful years! In 2012, to reach my goal of becoming a school administrator, I joined the administration team at Martin GT Magnet Middle School where I have enjoyed serving as the Assistant Principal for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Leigh, ten-year-old son, Cole, and Charlie, our black lab. When we’re not at the baseball field, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and spending time on the family farm.
I look forward to partnering with you to provide a fun and engaging experience for our students in preparation for their future successes!!