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Principal's Message

This year Carrollton Elementary School is celebrating twenty-five years of greatness! To commemorate what has happened in the past and to look forward to what we will accomplish in the time ahead, our theme for this year is “Legacy & Possibility."


When the school opened in the fall of 1993, only three of our current staff members were on staff; beginning this August, we will have three former CAES students returning as teachers. Twenty-five years ago, education revolved around reading, writing, and arithmetic; now we also focus on computer literacy, coding, STEM, mindfulness, citizenship, healthful living, research skills, public speaking, and more. CAES has a solid educational program as our legacy and offers enriching, engaging, authentic instruction to expand our students' possibilities.


In 1993 I was in my fifth year of teaching, having graduated college in Tennessee where I earned my degree in Secondary Education. In 2002 I transitioned to Suffolk Public Schools; in 2008 I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia; and in 2017 joined IWCS as the principal here at CAES.


The vision of IWCS to prepare our students to be ready for college, career, and life is a goal that truly resonates with me, and this is why I am honored to partner with you to provide learning experiences that are purposeful and will lead to our children living lives of value and purpose as they develop into caring, creative citizens who can collaborate effectively and think critically. This has been my calling since 1988 when I first began teaching, and I'm more excited than ever to continue to explore possibilities with you here at Carrollton Elementary as we discover what's possible in our next twenty-five years!


Let's leave a legacy!

Mr. B.

Robert D. Brennan