School History: 1986-2006
In 1986, Amanda Griggs Miles was appointed the fourth principal of Lake Anne Elementary School. During her principalship, Lake Anne continued to foster creativity and individuality through a myriad of before and after school activities, such as Chorus and Choralairs, the Lake Anne Times student newspaper, Woodworking Shop, Poetry and Ceramics, Science Lab, Gymnastics and Basketball, Improvisational Drama, Garden Club, WLAS, French Club, Spanish Club, and Chess Club.
As principal of Lake Anne School, I continue to be impressed with the closeness of students, parents, and staff. This triad works to make Lake Anne a fine environment for students to become emotionally happy people equipped with the fundamentals for the pursuit of intellectual stimulation. I am equally impressed by the mutual respect that students, parents, teachers, and other staff members have for each other and for the need of students to become educated people. It is a winning combination and one of which I am proud to be a part.
~Principal Amanda Griggs Miles, 1986-87 Yearbook
Our Principals: 1989-1993
Principal Miles departed Lake Anne in March 1989, and Michele J. Freeman stepped in as interim principal for the remainder of the school year. In the summer of 1989, Ms. Freeman was appointed principal of Lake Anne, and served in that role for one year. Ms. Freeman left in 1990 to become the principal of Herndon Elementary School, where she had previously served as an assistant principal. Lake Anne’s sixth principal was Ann Erler. She led our school for three years, from 1990 to 1993.
Lake Anne Elementary School strives to support each student’s path toward excellence. Students bring to the learning environment unique strengths that are valued and enhanced by our total school community. We acknowledge, nurture, and celebrate the growth that unfolds as each child proceeds along this path toward excellence.
~Ann Erler, Principal, and Kim Brown, Assistant Principal, 1990-91 Yearbook.
Teachers of the Year
Lake Anne Elementary School is proud of all the outstanding teachers and school staff who have shaped the lives our students from the founding of our school to the present. In 1989 and 2000, two Lake Anne educators received special recognition for their expertise.
In May 1989, Lake Anne kindergarten teacher Lena Goreski was named the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Goreski was nominated by her colleagues for her educational expertise, for serving as a model and resource for her peers, and for her ability to encourage children to become lifelong learners. “She recognizes that all students can achieve and can be successful in an educational atmosphere that is both pleasant and productive, and instills a sense of pride, diligence, and positive self-concept in her students. Ms. Goreski demonstrates a strong personal commitment to fostering positive school and community relations; and she exemplifies the highest caliber of human spirit, while demonstrating the belief that hard work and diligence are the hallmarks of a life well spent.”
In May 2000, Lake Anne first and second grade teacher Nancy Harris was selected as the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year.
The Washington Post reported that Ms. Harris was chosen “for going far beyond the usual requirements of a teacher and devoting hundreds of hours of personal time to her students.”
Did you know that the Spanish Immersion program at Lake Anne began in the 1990s? Lake Anne was one of the first ten schools in Fairfax County to offer what, at that time, was called partial-immersion. Also during the 1990s, Lake Anne Elementary School was designated a Model Technology School.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
On March 19, 1997, the entire Lake Anne student body gathered in the gymnasium to experience a live performance of The World’s Greatest Song by the Canadian Brass via a distance-learning teleconference. Students at schools from all over the United States joined one another in a simultaneous performance of the song Lift Every Voice and Sing. Some of the students at Lake Anne had been working on learning this song in their music classes, and the lyrics had been written on large posters that were posted in the gymnasium. When the announcer for the Canadian Brass said Lift Every Voice and Sing was generally known as The Black National Anthem, many of the African-American students went over to read the lyrics, and started to sing when the music began whether their class had practiced the song or not. Stuart Gibson, a School Board member who was in attendance, later recalled to other members of the Board how much the sight moved him and drove home the importance of engaging every student to make education relevant for them.
Have you ever wondered why there is a large painted statue of a donkey in our lobby? In the summer of 2002, the sidewalks of Washington, D.C. became home to 200 painted donkey and elephant sculptures. Sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts, the artwork project was called Party Animals. Of the 100 donkey statues on display, one was painted by students from Lake Anne Elementary School. With the help of teachers Pauline Daniels, Lana Jernigan, and Patti Koreski, 150 Lake Anne students began work on the donkey in January 2002. First and second graders drew the character designs, and fifth and sixth graders painted the designs onto the sculpture. The students entitled their masterpiece “Partying in the House and Senate.”
Renovations and Additions
Like most FCPS schools constructed in the 1960s, Lake Anne Elementary School was built without air conditioning. Window-mounted air conditioning units were added in the 1980s to some rooms, and in 1992 air conditioning was added building-wide at a cost of $305,320. In November 2001, a school bond referendum was held and voters approved funding for an addition and renovation to Lake Anne. The contract for the project was awarded to Whitener & Jackson, Inc., in the amount of $2.1 million, and construction began in June 2003. Completed approximately 16 months later, the project added a new nine-classroom wing to our building, a new teachers lounge, conference room, and work room, and revamped our parking lot and kiss and ride.
Our Principals: 1993-2006
From 1993 to 2006, Lake Anne Elementary School had four principals. Cabell W. Lloyd was appointed principal in 1993. He was succeeded in 2001 by Carol Franz, who served part-year in an interim role, until Michelle O. Graves Padgett was appointed principal. Ms. Padgett took a leave of absence in 2005, and Laura Shibles served as Acting Principal for remainder of the 2005-06 school year.