This July, Rachel Ball '07, M.Ed. '11 began her term as assistant principal at Acquinton Elementary School in King William, Virginia.
Mrs. Ball received summa cum laude honors as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary, graduating in three years with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Psychology. She received her Master's degree in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership K-12 Administration program in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D., also through William and Mary. Her teaching experiences have spanned the elementary grade levels, having taught fifth, third, and second grade. She has taught in a gifted cluster classroom, where she enriched gifted and talented learners, and she also taught in a collaborative classroom for students with disabilities. "My experiences have solidified my understanding of the unique needs of the entire spectrum of learners."
Mrs. Ball's roots are in King William. "I value this community and its residents, and I am proud of our excellent school system. It is both an honor and privilege to give back to the community which has given me so much. I hope to be a resource to the employees of this school, which will directly impact the students and community. Growing up in this community makes me a unique fit for this position."
Mrs. Ball is eager to begin her administrative career at Acquinton, where she has the opportunity to work with over 500 students. "Acquinton Elementary is equipped with highly trained professionals who share my philosophy in building positive relationships with students, holding students to high expectations, and working to ensure students have met their 'instructional match.'"
In 2011, Mrs. Ball received the Mary L. Murphy Scholarship, established to provide financial assistance to deserving students who are pursuing careers in leadership positions at an elementary school and/or pre K-12 administration. "I feel so blessed to have been a student at The College of William and Mary. I have been challenged and mentored by my professors, and have learned so much from my cohort, who continue to raise the bar in our field."