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. Christy Story, Assistant Principal
Conn Magnet Elementary has been my home away from home for twenty years! I have served many roles at Conn including classroom teacher (4th and 5th grades), Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT), and Magnet Coordinator. This is my fourth year as Assistant Principal and I absolutely love working with our wonderful students, passionate educators and dedicated families. After earning an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Business Administration, I eventually realized my true calling, learning and teaching, and returned to college to become a licensed K-6 teacher. I earned my Master of School Administration from NC State University and obtained K-12 Principal licensure. In 2002, I was honored to represent Conn Elementary as Teacher of the Year and recognized as one of WCPSS’s seven finalists for WCPSS Teacher of the Year. As Assistant Principal, I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to support Conn’s innovative and collaborative learning environment where students are encouraged to think critically and creatively through entrepreneurial design challenges. Away from Conn, I enjoy spending time with family and friends on outdoor excursions including biking, taking walks on the greenway, and fishing! I am a proud mom of two boys, 12 and 15, and my husband, also an educator, teaches in a local high school. I love visiting with family members who live in the mountains and on the coast and enjoy getting away from the city to relax and refresh.