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Mr. Brian Coleman

My name is Brian Coleman, and I am honored & excited to be the new Principal at Jennie Dean Elementary school.  I am beginning up my 24th year in education. This is my first year in Manassas City Schools after working for 23 years in Prince William County Schools. I started my teaching career at Fred Lynn Middle for 10 years, 3 years at Saunders Middle as a teacher & Teacher on Administrative Assignment, one year at Rippon Middle as the Administrative intern, 8 years as the Assistant Principal at Potomac Middle and last year at Unity Braxton Middle.    

I was born in Washington D.C. and graduated from Mt. Vernon High school in Alexandria VA. I graduated from Wesley College in Dover, DE with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1998 and received my M. Ed. in Education Leadership from George Mason University in 2008.

My wife and I have two smart, active boys ages 11 and 9 years old who love playing soccer, basketball, and video games. I believe that all students can be successful and with our great educators we can help them reach their full potential.   With hard work, dedication, and communication we can help all students reach their educational greatness here at Jennie Dean.  

   

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Dr. Zimmerman

As an educator. I believe that teaching is a calling that I have been blessed with. The poem below uniquely embraces my philosophy about Education. I firmly believe that an Educator is responsible for the teaching morals, values, and the rights and duties of citizenship. Our roles are so vital to the fabric of our communities and this country, that we must consistently raise the bar in response to the growing needs of students in our culture.  Pursuing my dream of becoming an Educator – I graduated from University of West
Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood, Troy State University with Masters in Elementary Education / Education Specialist and Argosy University with Doctor of Education.


Serving as an Educator for over 30 years, has been a dream come true. My journey started as a paraprofessional in Polk School District (Serving 5 years as a paraprofessional), 17 years in the DeKalb County School District as an Elementary Educator, ESOL Teacher,
Teacher Support Specialist, New Teacher Mentor, Professional Learning Liaison Planner and Presenter. In Atlanta Public Schools, served as an Elementary Educator, EIP Teacher, Reading Turnaround Specialist, MTSS/RTI Specialist, and Testing/Safety/Textbook
Coordinator. In Prince George County Public Schools, served as an Instructional Lead (RELA ILT) and Reading Resource Educator.
With great honor, in 2005 I represented Clifton Elementary Magnet School as Teacher of The Year. I served three years as President and Vice President of the AAE (Atlanta Association of Educators).

My time and love is devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people and loving my family and friends.


Educationally Yours,
Beatrice Zimmerman, Ed.D

 

I receive a gift –I teach 
I receive a gift –I teach, give me a smile, a kind gesture, a way to reach. Accept every child as unique and number one,  
Because, in that way, you will have already won. 
Question with if, hows and whys, 
learn to see teaching through a child’s eyes. 
Encourage students to discover and explore,  
guide their way, and they will search for more 
Make learning fun and make learning play,  
It is more important in what you do than in what you say. 
Pause a moment to reflect, a moment to pray,  
and put love and joy into everyday 
With each new sunrise watch the children grow,  
It doesn’t matter if they are fast or slow 
And in time they will actualize their potential,  
for in life this is essential. 
- Unknown