Principal Fatima Smith
Ms. Fatima Smith’s passion for school leadership stems from the belief that every single child irrespective of zip code or socioeconomic status -deserves a premiere educational experience. Prior to this, Ms. Fatima Smith served as the principal of Patrick Henry School of Science & Arts Charter. Under her leadership PHSSA, was recognized as a 2022 National Green Ribbon School, received a charter proclamation on the VA Senate floor and hosted their first Regional Academic Tournament for Science, History & Geography. PHSSA fourth graders won the White House Historical Association Prize at the 2022 Virginia History Day Competition, nine PHSSA scholars competed at the National Science Bee competition in Orlando Florida and PHSSA experienced marked growth on the 2022 Virginia SOL assessment! Her past experience also includes serving as a school Principal and as an Assistant Principal in Pennsylvania. Ms. Smith taught secondary English Language Arts, Technical Writing & Art History in Washington, DC and in Brooklyn, NY. She is a New York City Teaching Fellows alum, as well as a former District of Columbia Public Schools Capital Commitment Fellow; a prestigious program for the "50 Best Teacher Recruits of the Year." In those roles, Ms. Smith served her school communities in various capacities including; as a School Leadership Team member, a Middle Grades Team Lead, a Cheerleading Coach, the Girls Mentoring Chairperson, a Teacher Selection Ambassador and as a New York City Regents & Common Core State Exam scorer to name a few. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism and Communication from Old Dominion University, a Master's of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. John's University and has Pre-K-12 Principal Certification in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Ms. Smith is committed to building the capacity of both teachers and students while engaging in dynamic 21st century learning opportunities. Ms. Smith looks forward to continuing her work with all stakeholders as she strives to take the Oak Grove-Bellemeade School community to new heights.
This year, I will be working with the Principal and staff to improve student achievement. We will continue to create an innovative, nurturing and motivating environment in which to produce successful learners. I strongly believe that we can fulfill this mission and the success of the children will be the result of the collaboration of all the stakeholders within the school community. It will take all of us – you, me, and our faculty and staff – to focus our collective energy on the work that needs to be continued to ensure student success. Together we will make a difference!