Principal’s Message


Welcome to the Byrd School Website!  

It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Principal of Richard E. Byrd Elementary School.  I am honored to join such a wonderful community and look forward to creating strong partnerships with our students, staff, parents, and community members.

The 2018-2019 school year will my mark my nineteenth year in education.  Over the past 19 years, I have worked as a teacher, instructional coach and administrator.  Of the many hats I have worn in education, my most important job is that of a child advocate. It is my goal to spend as much time as possible with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests.  I believe in celebrating successes, reflecting and learning from times of struggle, and teaching our children to be compassionate members of our global society. I will encourage them every day to be the very best versions of themselves and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.

Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together.  As a parent and educator, I understand the value of a strong home/school connection.  Your feedback is important to me as I move forward with my tenure at Byrd.  I have created a brief survey and would love to hear your thoughts on how we can continue to make Byrd a wonderful place for all.   Your input is important and greatly appreciated.   

I know that as we get to know each other, you will get a sense of my enthusiasm, creativity and passion for education. I encourage you to email or call if there is anything I can do for you and your family.   Let’s work together to make the 2018-2019 school year the best one yet!

Jodie Craft


Richard E. Byrd School

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