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Principal Monica Murray:

Monica Murray is a dedicated education professional with a passion for fostering student and staff success through the mastery of learning, the cultivation of meaningful relationships, and the delivery of timely feedback to optimize student engagement. With a career marked by a commitment to educational excellence, Monica has consistently demonstrated her ability to create environments that promote growth and achievement.

In her current role as a Principal, Monica continues to exemplify leadership and vision. Building on her previous experience as an Assistant Principal at Armstrong High School, she has been instrumental in establishing clear goals for curriculum and instruction. Monica's emphasis on backward design for lesson plans, strategic allocation of resources, and regular teacher evaluations has contributed significantly to the overall improvement of student learning outcomes and growth.

Monica's journey in education began as a teacher in the Richmond Public School (RPS) system, where she taught at Thomas C. Boushall Middle, Onslow Minis Middle School, George Wythe High School, and John Marshall High School. Her outstanding contributions to the field were recognized when she was named an RPS Teacher of the Year Finalist and an R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence Finalist.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Union University, a testament to her dedication to academic excellence. She furthered her education at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning both a Master's Degree and a Certificate of Educational Leadership. Monica's educational background, coupled with her practical experience, reflects her ongoing commitment to the advancement of education and the empowerment of students and educators alike.



Mr. Patrick Cheatham:

Patrick Cheatham is a native of Durham, NC and a proud Hampton University graduate.  He received a master's degree in Special Education from VCU and an additional Master's Degree in Education Administration from Concordia University. 

Mr. Cheatham has served the students of Richmond Public Schools for over 10 years as a teacher at Fairfield Court Elementary and Armstrong High School, Dean of Students at Armstrong High School and now as Assistant Principal here at John Marshall High School.

Mr. Cheatham focuses on effective instruction through culture and climate and believes in building relationships with students, staff, families and community partners as the essential means of extracting the greatness and excellence that resides in the students he serves.  


Mr. Allen Vernon:

Mr. Allen Vernon's educational career began in Baltimore City Public Schools where he taught Social Studies.  In 1999, Mr. Vernon had the pleasure of joining Richmond Pubic Schools, teaching World Georgraphy and Government at George Wythe High School. 

After completing his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from THE Virginia State University, he was hired as the Dean of Students at Chandler Middle School, and in 2004 moved onto Lucille Brown Middle School as the Assistant Principal.  

In 2006, Mr. Vernon ventured to Nottoway County accepting the position as the Director of the Amelia/Nottoway Technical School and the Director of Career & Technical Education.  Several years later, he was promoted to the Director of Operations and CTE.

In 2019, Mr. Vernon returned to Richmond Public School as the Assistant Principal of The Joy and Pride of Northside, John Marshall High School.  His first love is working directly with the students and staff and this move was one that has placed a tremendous amount of joy in his heart.  

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