|Ms. Jessica DaSilva, Principal||Ms. Blandine Liguidi, Assistant Principal|
I am proud to be the principal of Long Branch Elementary School. I am thrilled to be your partner together in your child’s education. Last year was my first year at Long Branch and it did not take long to learn what makes it such a special place! I look forward to continuing to make Long Branch one of the most desired (and fun) schools to learn and grow.
I am from Northern Virginia, born and raised in Fairfax County. I began my education career teaching English in Japan for two years. When my two years ended in Japan, I returned to Northern Virginia, as it offers many diverse and unique learning experiences. I began teaching 5th grade, and quickly found my passion in teaching Mathematics and how to make it a subject which is accessible (and fun) to all students. I value the power of creating a warm and welcoming environment that encourages risk taking, problem solving, and the love of learning. Those values followed me as I moved into teaching 6th – 8th grade Mathematics, then my work as a Title I Math Coach, and eventually into administration. I believe in the power of relationships. Not only with the students and staff, but with parents and the community.
I look forward to working with you in this coming school year. Although this year is starting off in full distance learning, it is still going to be a year of learning and fun.
You may reach me at Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us or by calling the school and scheduling an appointment to meet with me.