LaToya Draper, Principal
Mrs. Draper’s experience in education spans over two decades; most recently serving as an Associate Principal in Henrico County Public Schools. Prior to Administration, she previously served as the Director of School Counseling for 12 years. Her passion for student academic achievement and success is the driving force behind her work ethic and disposition. She is committed to engaging with the entire school staff and community, ensuring successful student experiences and relationships exist at every intersection. Mrs. Draper’s advocacy for student and teacher wellness is unmatched; her ability to prioritize and proactively resolve student and teacher needs is a gift. With a focus on student-driven solutions and effective communication, Mrs. Draper is dedicated to fostering a positive learning environment and building and maintaining positive relationships with all stakeholders.
Mrs. Draper grew up in Hampton, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and decided to make Richmond her home upon completion of college. She loves to travel, read books, and spend time with her family during her downtime.
Ms. Ray's love and enthusiasm for the job exudes through her work with staff, students, parents and community partners every day.
Prior to joining Oak Grove-Bellemeade, Ms. Ray served as Assistant Principal for 5 years at Ginter Park Elementary. She has also held various roles in Chesterfield County public schools over a span of 12 years as a Special Education Coordinator, Literacy Liaison, Summer School Administrator and Teacher.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, she is an avid Eagles fan and shares that her passion and excitement for life and learning is contagious.
Ms. Shaunte Means believes that, “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” -Rita Pierson
Prior to joining the Oak Grove-Bellemeade family, Ms. Means served as the assistant principal of George Washington Carver Elementary School. She possesses over 20 years of experience in education serving as a classroom teacher, math coach, and assistant principal. She is also a National Board certified teacher and an REB award winner.
Ms. Means began her teaching career in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Richmond. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Toledo and a Master’s Degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from Cleveland State University.
She is an extreme football fanatic! In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, spending time with her nephews, watching Hallmark movies, and traveling.
Ms. Means is incredibly grateful and excited to join the Oak Grove-Bellemeade school family and lead with love. She looks forward to working in partnership with staff, parents, and community to help students reach their greatest potential.