Principal: Giuliana Brink

Mrs. Giuliana Brink (better known as Nina) is a native of Chesterfield County. She attended the “old” Chester Middle School and is a graduate of Thomas Dale High School. Her bachelor degree was completed at Radford University with a double major in General Education grades 4-8 and Special Education grades K-12. Mrs. Brink has taught both special education and general education grades K-10 in various areas such as Hopewell City Schools, VA; Dare County, NC; and then came back to Chesterfield, VA to raise her family and pursue a career in administration and leadership. After completing a Masters in Administration from Grand Canyon University, Mrs. Brink became the Assistant Principal at O. B. Gates Elementary in 2006. Mrs. Brink became Principal at the BEST school in Chesterfield County in 2010.

In her spare time, Mrs. Brink spends time with her three children. She enjoys spending much of her vacation time in Hatteras, NC, on the beach fishing, playing in the water, and kayaking. Mrs. Brink considers herself a lifelong learner. She is invested in ensuring that all students have the same equal opportunities to learn to their fullest potential. Teachers, students, and parents are her “#1 customers!” Mrs. Brink’s educational beliefs also include the following:

  • ALL students can learn.
  • Schools should be a safe and secure learning environment.
  • Decisions are made in the best interest of the students.
  • TEAMWORK! It takes the whole school community to raise each

Let’s have a great school year.

Assistant Principal- Richard Rowland

Hello Gates’ Stars!! I am excited to be the Assistant Principal at Gates Elementary. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree (Political Science, Early Childhood Education, NK-3) from JMU and my Master of Education (Administration and Supervision) from Longwood University.

I have taught for six years in Nottoway County, ten years in CCPS at M. Christian Elementary, and for the last two years I was an Administrative Assistant at Ettrick Elementary.

Away from school, I enjoy spending time with my wife Alicia and son Jackson at the beach, Lake Gaston, and amusement parks. I look forward to joining the Gates Family.