Office of Elementary Education
The Office of Elementary Education works to promote academic excellence in an inclusive environment, to enhance educational opportunities and equity for all elementary students, and to improve the quality of teaching through educational leadership. The director and executive principals of Elementary Education are responsible for the supervision and evaluation of elementary principals. As part of their principal supervision role, the director and executive principals coach and support principals while engaging in effective learning strategies to help principals grow as leaders of learning. This is done through a focus on school leadership in relation to focusing direction, cultivating collaborative structures, deepening student learning, and securing accountability.
This office also supports principals with ongoing, research-based professional development to strengthen the connection between vision and action. This office also works with principals to ensure that school improvement plans are developed collaboratively with members of the school community and that decisions are based on student achievement data along with other specific school-level indicators. In addition to providing guidance and support to elementary principals, the Executive Principals of Elementary Education provide direct support to assistant principals and deans in the areas of building leadership capacity, implementing discipline policies, and reporting student disciplinary data.
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Elaine M. Layman
Director, Elementary and Charter Schools
Teri FinnExecutive Principal, Elementary
Shontel SimonExecutive Principal, Elementary
Dr. Ashley CrampExecutive Principal, Elementary
The Kindergarten program provides a transition between the informal learning in the home and the more formal educational programs and services offered by LCPS elementary schools, primarily focusing on instructing each student at his/her stage of development. This is accomplished by integrating the skills and understanding of all subject areas and by providing for differentiated instruction based on the needs of the students. Many manipulative and hands-on experiences are included in the program to ensure that it is developmentally consistent with the way in which five-year olds learn best. The developmental kindergarten program allows students to develop a healthy self-concept, physical skills and coordination, facilitate the use of language and to acquire fundamental skills and knowledge for reaching the student’s fullest potential. Click here for more information.
Information about the Elementary Curriculum can be found on the Division of Teaching and Learning page under its specific content.