Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance Master of Arts in Educational Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education in Leadership Certified in Elementary Education PreK-6 and Administration and Supervision PreK-12
Ms. Susan Mullen (Ward)
Welcome Tolbert students, families and friends,
I am delighted to be serving as your principal for the 2017-2018 school year. Although this is only my second year as the principal of Tolbert, I have been part of the Tolbert community since the school opened in 2001. Over that period, I have been a parent and PTA board member, an instructional assistant, a third grade teacher, an administrative intern (dean), the assistant principal and now the principal. All three of my daughters attended Tolbert and I lived in the Potomac Station community for 16 years. As you can imagine, I am extremely committed to our students, school, community, mission and core beliefs:
Empowering all students to be productive and respectful global thinkers, contributors and citizens
Our Core Beliefs:
- An inclusive, safe, caring and challenging learning environment serves as the foundation for student growth
- Strong partnerships with families and our community enhance our excellence
- High quality, responsive, personalized instruction promotes student motivation and growth
- A culture of continuous improvement drives the fulfillment of our mission
I am originally from Dana Point California, but came to the east coast to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the George Washington University. Subsequently I moved back to San Diego and earned a Master’s Degree in Education, with a focus on curriculum and instruction. After transitioning back to the east coast, my family settled in Leesburg. While here, I earned a Master of Education Degree in Education Leadership from George Mason University.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my daughters, biking, traveling, reading, hiking, spending time outdoors, going to the movies and eating out (paticularly Mexican food). I also enjoy watching sports, especially the Redskins, Capitals and Nationals!
I am always happy to meet with parents!