Temesha D. Dabney

Temehsa D. Dabney is the new principal of Culpeper County’s A.G. Richardson Elementary School.

Temesha D. Dabney has been appointed to be principal of A.G. Richardson Elementary School, Culpeper County Public Schools announced Tuesday.

Dabney will replace A.G. Richardson’s longstanding principal, Susan Bridges, who will retire at the end of this school year.

“We are certainly sad to see Mrs. Bridges leave after so many years with Culpeper, but wish her all the best in her retirement,” Dr. Tony Brads, the school division’s superintendent, said in a statement. “It is very exciting that we have found such a wonderful candidate in Ms. Dabney. Her wealth of experience in elementary education and community engagement will well serve the A.G. Richardson community.”

The new principal is expected to begin work officially on July 1.

Bridges came to Culpeper in 1992 as an assistant principal at Richardson, and became its principal in 2001.

Dabney is now the principal of Oakland Elementary School in Suffolk, where she has served since 2013.

She began her teaching career in 2000 with Portsmouth Public Schools, where she taught the second and third grades before transferring to Suffolk Public Schools in 2005.

Dabney was hired as the assistant principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in 2007, and was promoted to become its principal in 2010. She stayed in that post until 2013.

Dabney brings with her broad schooling and years of service in education, Culpeper County Public Schools said.

She earned a master’s degree in administration and K-12 supervision from Cambridge College, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies/early childhood education from Norfolk State University, and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Tidewater Community College.

“I am very excited to join CCPS and the A.G. Richardson family!” Dabney said. “I am truly looking forward to meeting the staff, students, families and community members of A.G. Richardson Elementary School.”

In free hours, Dabney relishes gardening, fishing and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys word-search games and jigsaw puzzles.

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