Dr. David Ellena – Principal
Dr. Ellena has been in public education for 35 years. He started as a Physical Education teacher in Prince George County in September of 1985. Dr. Ellena taught Health and Phys. Ed. for 14 ½ years at JEJ Moore Junior High School, Midlothian Middle School, LC Bird High School and Falling Creek Middle School. During that time, he coached football and baseball at Monacan High School, LC Bird High School and Meadowbrook High School, and coached indoor track for two years at LC Bird High.
Dr. Ellena got his first assistant principal position in January of 2000 at Midlothian Middle School. He served in the same position at Swift Creek Middle School for three years, and held the same position at Providence Middle School for three years. This is his tenth year serving as the Principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in the Chesterfield Division. He is also active in the Virginia Association of Secondary Schools Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, having served on the Board of Directors for both organizations.
Dr. Ellena received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, his Master’s degree from Virginia State University and his doctoral degree from Virginia State University as well. Dr. Ellena received the “Master in the Middle” Educator of the Year award from the Virginia Middle School Association in 2016, was selected as the Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals in 2018 and chosen as the Virginia Student Council Association Middle School Principal of the Year in 2019. He is also a Level II Distinguished Principal in the state of Virginia.
Dr. Ellena has been married for 35 years to his supporting wife, Nancy. They have a son, Bill, who graduated with a Bachelors and Masters degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and is currently working for Price Waterhouse Cooper in Richmond, and a daughter, Rachel, who received a degree in Political Science and a degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech. She is currently an analyst for the federal government in Washington, DC.