Principal's Page

JD


Dear Boonsboro Eagle Families,

I want to welcome you to another school year at Boonsboro Elementary School, which will see us getting back to some normalcy! I am honored to be joining the Boonsboro Family and look forward to working alongside staff, students, families, and community members as we continue to SOAR to new heights!

I began my teaching career in Nelson County, as a 5th grade educator, after earning my Elementary Education (PreK-6) degree from the University of Lynchburg. I spent seven years in this position, and in 2016 earned my Administration and Supervision (PreK-12) endorsement also from the University of Lynchburg. This took me on a new journey, bringing me to Bedford County, where I have served as the Assistant Principal of Goodview Elementary School for three years and most recently, at Staunton River Middle School in the same role. While I am saddened to leave Goodview Elementary and Staunton River Middle, I am also energized and delighted for this new opportunity to serve as Principal of Boonsboro Elementary School.

I want to share with you a few beliefs I have about school. I believe learners should be excited about school. Along with our learners being excited about school, our teachers also need to be enthused about school. We need to ensure we are doing fun, engaging activities that involve hands-on teaching and learning. Our learners need to be active, working together, not just sitting and listening. For our staff members, I want to make sure they're having fun also. At meetings ensuring they are moving and interacting with one another. We have to remember, whoever is doing the talking, is doing the learning. We have to make sure our learners are having good dialogue as well as our teachers.

We make sure all staff, including myself, show up every day for your child. We make sure we know the standards and best practices, and we put them in place. Everything we do together is team-oriented. We collaborate, communicate, and reflect together so we can continue to improve our practices. These same practices hold true for our learners as well. We provide them opportunities to work in cooperative learning groups, which are highly engaging and foster a sense of community because when students feel safe they can focus on learning. I believe we should also celebrate learner success. We do this in many ways, but just a couple of ways we are doing this are through our daily staff shoutouts and Good News Call Of The Day highlighting learners who personify the 6 Pillars of Character (Respect, Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship).

Our teachers and learners need to be the best version of themselves every day, as do I. Learners will see me very active throughout the school day. I place a large emphasis on being visible in the school, getting into classrooms each day to observe and interact with the teachers and learners.

Parents, you also play an integral role in the success of our children. Please be involved as much as you can and help us create and be a part of our school story.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call the school, or email me at jonathan.demaio@bedford.k12.va.us. My job, your job, and our teachers' job is to ensure ALL of our students reach their full potential!

Sincerely,

Jonathan DeMaio, M.Ed.

 

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