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Administrators’ Message

Welcome to Providence Elementary School, home of the Panthers!  We are an amazing school with many programs designed to meet the needs of all learners. Our staff works hard to provide meaningful learning experiences and educational opportunities for every one of our students. We strive to enrich the curriculum and stretch student thinking, support students through appropriate challenges, and work as a team to make sure we all develop our teaching skills. It is our goal to partner with parents to maintain the positive culture that Providence has enjoyed for years!

As an administrative team, we are committed to ensuring that your children have a safe, positive and productive school environment. We set high expectations, but we know that we need to have the supports in place to ensure that we all reach our goals. We will always work to make sure our staff is well-trained in the art and science of teaching, and that the relationships between your children and their teachers are strong and positive. We want the parents of our students to know how much we appreciate all that they do to develop their children’s academic and social growth at home.  Parent support of us makes a huge difference, and we feel fortunate to work in such a caring school community.

We are learners in this community as well. We take pride in the level of intense professional development that we require of and provide to our staff to ensure that we are teaching your children to be prepared for the world of tomorrow. We have a consistent approach to teaching higher order thinking skills (The Patterns of Thinking), we utilize common practices to promote a collaborative and respectful culture (Responsive Classroom), we embrace our status as a focus school in math, science and technology, and we are deeply involved in the research-based best practices that FCPS endorses. This is a school that children are happy and proud to be part of, and they are also growing as thinkers and doers every day.


About Our Administrators

Principal Dan Phillips
Mr. Phillips is proud to be the principal of Providence Elementary School. He joined the PES administrative team as assistant principal in 2011, and was named principal in 2016. Prior to that, he was a six grade teacher and assistant principal at Daniels Run Elementary. A graduate of JMU, he and his wife remained in Harrisonburg after graduation and taught in public schools near the college for 11 years. Mr. Phillips was a stay-at-home dad for 8 years, supervised the Summer Camp program for the City of Fairfax for 18 years, and returned to teaching in 2006. He was an FCPS student as well, attending Hybla Valley Elementary, Whitman Middle, and Mt. Vernon High. He treasures time with his wife and two teenaged sons, both students in FCPS. He loves to go to concerts, to root for the Nationals and Caps, and to travel with his family.

Assistant Principal Janice Suitte
Mrs. Suitte joined the PES family as an Assistant Principal in 2014. She is an experienced educator with over 17 years in the field, and has held various positions including, general educator, literacy coach, special educator and Assistant Principal at Centre Ridge Elementary School. Mrs. Suitte earned her Master’s degree from Fordham University Lincoln Center in New York City and is a strong supporter of both cultural and performing arts. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter, reading, and watching a good tennis match.

Assistant Principal Sharon Hickey
Mrs. Hickey is excited to join Providence Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year as an assistant principal.  She previously held the AP position at Coates Elementary from 2011 to 2017. She started her teaching career as a middle school teacher in Loudoun County and was a fifth and sixth grade AAP teacher at McNair Elementary. Mrs. Hickey graduated from Ball State University with her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, obtained her masters from George Mason University, and completed the LEAD Accelerated Cohort in 2010.  Mrs. Hickey and her husband have two children in college and one at Westfield HS.  They love to go to the beach and travel to Smith Mountain Lake for relaxation.