Mr. Smith is an experienced educator with a deep background in instructional and administrative roles across multiple districts in central Virginia. Originally from Alexandria, he fosters meaningful relationships with students, families, and staff to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University, and an Ed.S. in educational leadership from Regent University. He is eager to make a positive, long-term impact on Marsh students, families, and staff.
Ms. Leecost is so excited to join the Henry L. Marsh Elementary community. She believes strongly in the importance and the necessity of the work that Richmond Public Schools is doing to lead, serve and learn with love. For over a decade, Ms. Leecost has supported students and teachers in diverse school populations as an assistant principal and interim principal. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Old Dominion, a Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and PK-12 Supervision and Leadership certification from the University of West Georgia. Prior to becoming a school leader, Ms. Leecost taught middle school math, science and history in urban, private and suburban schools in Georgia and Virginia. During her tenure, she was named “Teacher of the Year” twice and received accolades as a dedicated school leader increasing student achievement and school processes.
It is my pleasure to join the administrative team and to serve you as one of the assistant principals of Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary School. I believe school leaders practice servitude leadership and are commissioned to answer the call of service to educate and empower our scholars and serve the community. With more than fifteen years of experience in the mental health field and eight years as an educator, I am privileged to have gained the capacity to promote a safe and inclusive learning environment that values the cultural identity and social-emotional needs of ALL scholars. In addition, my mission is to ensure that high academic standards and curriculum alignment to instruction takes place to build 21st century citizens through rigorous and integrated learning experiences.
I take pride in being a lifelong learner as I recently completed the Educational Leadership endorsement through Longwood University and completed all coursework for the School-Based Registered Play Therapy requirements from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a Trojan, I earned my Counseling of Education through Virginia State University and completed undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University.