Bellwood Elementary Principal Jennifer Rudd is Chesterfield’s 2017 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Leadership

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Bellwood Elementary Principal Jennifer Rudd was recognized last night as the Chesterfield County Public Schools recipient of the 2017 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.  The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership recognize central Virginia principals who go beyond day-to-day demands to create an exceptional educational environment for students and staff members.

“Mrs. Rudd is an outstanding leader of leaders who exemplifies what it looks like to routinely meet and exceed expectations,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “At Bellwood Elementary, she has led the school to recognition as a National Title I Distinguished School, while creating an engaging, innovative learning environment in a safe, supportive and nurturing school.”

Rudd started working for Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1998 as a teacher and has served as an assistant principal as well. She has been principal of Bellwood Elementary since 2010. Under her leadership, Bellwood Elementary has been recognized with many awards and accolades including the National Title I Distinguished School, Virginia Title I Distinguished School, Active RVA Outstanding School of the Year and the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award.
Falling Creek Elementary Principal Pam Johnson was Chesterfield County Public Schools’ other finalist for the 2017 R.E.B. Award. Other principals nominated for consideration were:

  • Shawn Abel of Midlothian High
  • Giuliana Brink of Gates Elementary
  • Joshua Cole of Ecoff Elementary
  • Christopher Hart of Spring Run Elementary
  • Pamela Lumsden of Thomas Dale High
  • Elizabeth Stefanko of Albert Smith Elementary

“We commend all of our nominated principals for their exemplary dedication to the students of Chesterfield County Public Schools,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “We applaud Jennifer Rudd for her hard work, commitment and vision for excellence that has fostered growth at Bellwood Elementary for students, staff and the surrounding community.”

The Community Foundation of Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation oversee the R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. One principal from each local school system, Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond, is honored annually. Each winner receives $7,500 for their own use and $7,500 to use for a school project. Nominations come from members of the school community and the general public.