Polk Leadership Team

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Ms. Pree Ann Johnson, Principal

Phone: 703-461-4180

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Human Development, M.Ed. in Special Education, M.Ed. School Leadership

Ms. Pree Ann Johnson, Principal

PreeAnn Johnson is the very proud Principal of James K. Polk Elementary.  Over the past ten years it has been her passion to foster a sense of community that results in a caring and dedicated group of parents, students and staff members.  Her academic career provided her with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from St. Mary's College of Maryland, a Master of Education, specializing in working with emotionally disturbed students, from American University, and work toward her doctorate in Educational Administration from Maryland University. However, it is her experiences as a member of a large military family that has had the greatest influenced on her collaborative and emotional leadership style. 

She has been in ACPS for 33 years, starting off at George Washington Middle School where she lead the Prexies to a Freshman Girls Basketball Championship.  When she started out, she also worked with the Alexandria Recreation Department for more than fifteen years.  Prior to becoming the Principal at Polk, she served as a Special Education Teacher, Student Services Coordinator, Assistant Principal at Douglas MacArthur, Cora Kelly and TC Williams Minnie Howard Campus. As an Alexandria resident, her daughter has been in ACPS since Kindergarten and is excited about being an official TC Titan next year.  So with all this time and work in the City, you can see why she has a sense of pride for Alexandria that is far deeper than her role as an administrator.  Ms. Johnson welcomes you to James K. Polk where every owl succeeds.

Mrs. Carla Carter, Assistant Principal

Phone: 703 461-4180

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Elementary Education K-6, M.Ed. School Leadership

Mrs. Carla Carter, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Carter P. Carter became a member of the ACPS Family in August of 1996, at which time; she served as an elementary teacher for six years at Jefferson- Houston Elementary School.  Following her tenure at Jefferson Houston Elementary School, she became a Performance Evaluation Program Specialist and collaborated with administrative teams at several schools in the district to implement the PEP Evaluation System. In February of 2008, Mrs. Carter joined the Administrative Team at James K. Polk Elementary School as an Assistant Principal. As an Assistant Principal, she serves as the Special Education Administrator Designee. As the designee, she works closely with the School Support Team and teachers to brainstorm strategies and programs to assist struggling students with experiencing success.

Mrs. Carter views the opportunity for her to serve as an Assistant Principal at James K. Polk as an honor and takes great pride in the support that she provides students, staff and parents. Mrs. Carter often says, “At Polk, we can take care of our people!” She also applies the words of Rita Pierson in her work, "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."

Mrs. Carter is a native North Carolinian and currently resides in Bowie, Maryland with her family.  She earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership at George Mason University.

Mrs. Penny Hairston, Assistant Principal

Phone: 703-461-4180

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. History and Child Development, M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Mrs. Penny Hairston, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Penny Hairston was delighted to join the Administration Team at James K. Polk in 2011. With experience in program initiatives, optimizing the learning atmosphere, staff development, effective classroom management skills Mrs. Hairston had a proven record for exceeding goals through effective internal and external communication.  As a revered teacher at Alexandria's Samuel Tucker Elementary School from 2000-2011, she had a firm commitment to student-centered learning. 

Mrs. Hairston enjoys the wonderfully diverse student population at Polk and loves working each day to provide Polk students with a welcoming environment filled with rich learning experiences. Mrs. Hairston has the uncompromising view that all students can learn given a positive learning atmosphere that welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence. She takes her light of inspiration from the voice of Dr. Maya Angelou… “We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”

As an Assistant Principal here at Polk, she serves as the Talented and Gifted Administrator Designee (TAG) and the 504 Administrator Designee. She also works with residency verification, student attendance and truancy.  She welcomes any questions families may have about these processes.

Mrs. Hairston received her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Washington in 2008. Mrs. Hairston and her family live in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she is actively involved in several community service organizations.