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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2011

School Board Appoints New Jamestown PrincipalNew Jamestown Principal Kenwyn Schaffner
Tonight, the Arlington School Board appointed Kenwyn Schaffner, the current assistant principal at Jamestown Elementary School as the new school’s principal. Schaffner has been the assistant principal at Jamestown since 2004. Her appointment begins July 1.

“Kenwyn is a highly-qualified educator who knows the Jamestown community extremely well,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. He continued, “Her insights into the community and her knowledge and experience as an educator will be assets for the students as she makes the transition to principal.”

Schaffner has dual master’s degrees in education in learning and emotional disabilities and in educational leadership from George Mason University. She received a bachelor’s from the University of Pittsburgh in English and is also an Honors Graduate in the German language from the Defense Language Institute.

Schaffner began her teaching career as a classroom teacher in 1975 at Cambria Heights High School in Pennsylvania. Since then, she has taught various subjects at a number of schools, including:
• St. John of the Cross Academy, San Diego, Calif.
• Kitsap County Middle School, Bremerton, Wash.
• Monterey Community College, Monterey, Calif.
• Bethune Junior High, Los Angeles, Calif.
• San Diego Community College
• Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP)
• MidCity Continuing Education Center, San Diego Community College
• Woodley Hills Elementary School, Fairfax, Va.

In 1996, she became an instructional technology coordinator (ITC) at Gunston Middle School, Drew Elementary School, the Family Center, the Career Center and Langston High School Continuation Program.

Schaffner has also served as the coordinator of the Family Literacy Program at REEP and an assistant principal at Randolph Elementary School from 2001-04.

Among her responsibilities as the assistant principal at Jamestown, Schaffner planned and implemented instructional programs from Pre-K – Grade 5, and lead efforts to utilize the Malcolm Baldrige criteria for performance excellence. She also implemented the “Responsive Classroom Approach” to meet the social and emotional needs of students and to establish a positive disciplinary system.

For more information, call 703-228-6004.

Last Modified on June 16, 2011