- Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:00
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Colonial Beach School Board welcomed Mary Fisher as the new elementary school principal. A student in Colonial Beach from kindergarten to seventh grade, Fisher has returned to her childhood home after receiving an impressive education and built a long resumé.
Fisher had returned to Colonial Beach for five years in 2001 where she gained experience in special programs, counseling and administrating.
In 2007 she moved on to continue her education and gain more experience as an administrative intern/assistant principal.
Fisher told the school board that she had a speech all prepared but after sitting through emotional transitions that come with watching her own children graduate from kindergarten and middle school she was reminded of why she does her job; because she wants the best for her children as well as the children she teaches and counsels.
So speaking from the hip, Fisher told the council that her journey has come full circle. “I was a student of Colonial Beach from kindergarten through seventh grade. My teachers truly believed in me. With that encouragement I was the first in my family to graduate from college then came back to Colonial Beach as a teacher.”
Fisher went on to outline her education and work experience briefly.
“I was welcomed by some of the same faces that greeted me some 30 years ago for the first time in Colonial Beach.” Fisher said, “As the new principal in Colonial Beach Elementary I have so many ideas. I have seen the school has done tremendous things since I was a student and even since I was a teacher here six years ago.”
Fisher ended by saying, “I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of me here and helping Colonial Beach schools to future successes.”
Education and work history
Fisher earned her post master’s certificate in educational leadership and her Master’s of Education in Counselor Education at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg to earn her Bachelors of Art degrees in both education and psychology.
Fisher began her teaching career in Yorktown in 1999 as a middle school teacher for sixth graders, teaching language arts and history.
She taught for one year as a special education teacher in Northfield, MA. Teaching math, world history and language skills at a private special education boarding school for students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other language based learning differences.
In 2001 Fisher came home to Colonial Beach to teach sixth and seventh graders for five years in language arts, civics, U.S History and reading, and was named teacher of the year in the 2002/03 school year.
During her tenure here in Colonial Beach, Fisher worked as a teacher/assistant administrator under the Regional Migrant Education Program and held the same title at the 21st Century Learning Center and in the summer of 2006, as a McKinney-Vento Grant Coordinator for Colonial Beach schools.
In 2006 Fisher completed her school counseling internship in individual, small group, and classroom guidance at the Colonial Beach High School.
In July of 2006 Fisher worked for one year as a professional school counselor in Spotsylvania.
In 2007 she became the Director of School Counseling at Battlefield Middle School in Spotsylvania and held that title until 2011.
Since then she has held the position of Administrative Intern/Assistant Principal at George Washington Middle Schools 1 & 2 in Alexandria, completed her administrative internship for high school, middle school, and elementary school levels as well as central office. Now she has come home to Colonial Beach to become the new elementary school principal.