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Matoaca Elementary School

Principal posing in front of a chalkboard that says 'Welcome Matoaca'

Mary Thrift

Mrs. Thrift, Principal of Matoaca Elementary, joined the Matoaca community in the fall of 2013. Mrs. Thrift has served CCPS as a Reading Specialist at Curtis Elementary and as an Assistant Principal at Ettrick Elementary.

Mrs. Thrift is a native of Pickens; SC. She joined the CCPS family in 2004 after having been an elementary teacher and a reading recovery teacher in both South Carolina and California. She has a master’s degree from Longwood University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Wesleyan University

Mrs. Thrift enjoys spending time with her family, doing yard work, and reading. She is also a huge college basketball fan.

Principal posing in front of a chalkboard that says 'Welcome Matoaca'

Melanie Jasinkiewicz
Assistant Principal

I am honored to serve for the fourth year as the assistant principal at Matoaca Elementary. I have a Masters in Education from Marymount University and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. I grew up in Chesterfield and am a product of Chesterfield County Public Schools. I began my teaching career in Henderson, NV before moving back to Chesterfield, where I taught kindergarten and first grade at Hening Elementary and Spring Run Elementary. Then I had the opportunity to return to Hening Elementary as the Title 1 reading teacher for grades K-5.

My husband, Brian, and I live in Chesterfield and just celebrated our first anniversary. I have three children, Brandon 27, Haley 25 and Aaron 23. I have a two year-old granddaughter, Willow, who I love spoiling!! My other baby is a fur baby, Oakley, and she is a Labrador puppy. I love to spend time reading a good book and cheering on the Hokies!!

Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call me if I can assist you with anything.

I am really looking forward to working with the students, staff, and families of Matoaca Elementary. It’s going to be a great year!