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Dr. Sharon Rucker, Principal

Hello, Providence Bears! I feel honored to be the principal here at Providence Elementary School. I truly enjoy working with students, staff and our parents and believe I have the best job in the school system! I was born in Maryland and moved to Virginia in 1986 when I started college. In 1991, I earned a degree in special education and taught students with learning disabilities for 15 years at Reams Road Elementary. In 2006, I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership and became the Assistant Principal at Reams Road Elementary. I have been at Providence Elementary since 2009 and absolutely love the school community! I continued my education and earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership in 2011.

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Whitney Wells-Corfield, Assistant Principal

Greetings, Providence Elementary Bears! It is my honor to serve as your assistant principal. I am passionate about high-quality public education, and nothing gives me more joy than serving students, staff, and families in my community. My family and I moved from Hanover County to Chesterfield County in February 2022, which led me to this role.

Like our principal, Dr. Rucker, I was born in Maryland. I’ve also lived in Delaware, Illinois, and North Carolina. Virginia has been my home since 2006 when I graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in sociology and elementary education. Four years later, I earned my master’s degree in educational leadership at VCU. I used that degree to be an instructional leader, a teacher for eleven years in grades 2, 4, and 5, and a K-5 mathematics coach for five years. I am currently working on my doctorate.

During my career, I have been honored with a few awards, including Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Finalist, Hanover County’s Innovator of the Year, R.E.B. Award of Teaching Excellence Recipient, and Henrico County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. All my experiences leading up to this exciting school year have prepared me to bring my enthusiasm and passion for learning to you! I value open communication, high-quality instruction, and whole-child learning. I am thrilled to be part of your learning community!