Adrienne Blanton was born and raised in Chesterfield County. She graduated from Meadowbrook High School where she met her husband, Don. After high school, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Elementary Education at Longwood College. Soon after finishing college, she married Don and began teaching sixth grade math at Salem Middle School. Her husband, Don, is also a teacher. He teaches Health/PE at Maggie Walker Governor’s School. Over the next few years Mrs. Blanton became a mom to two boys, Dylan and Andrew. She continued teaching Math for twelve years at Salem Middle. During this time, she also earned her Masters Degree in School Leadership at VCU and began her journey as a school administrator. In 2007, Mrs. Blanton was hired at Bird as a Dean of Students. Over the next ten years, she transitioned to Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, and now Principal of Lloyd C. Bird High School. Her boys are now teenagers. Dylan is 20, and like his mom and dad he aspires to be a teacher. He is attending Longwood University to pursue a degree in Biology and Secondary Education. Andrew is 17, and he is a rising Senior at Clover Hill High School. His main love is playing football and wrestling. Mrs. Blanton enjoys spending time with her family, and she loves relaxing by the pool! Mrs. Blanton is a true Skyhawk at heart. She is passionate and committed to preparing all students for life after high school. She reminds students everyday to work hard, play hard and always take care of each other!
Quincy Waller was born and raised in Chester, VA. He and his four siblings are all proud graduates of Lloyd C. Bird HS. After graduating from high school, he attended James Madison University, where he played football, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. Following college, Mr. Waller pursued his dreams of playing professional football, all while working for Federal Express as a courier, and being an assistant football coach for Lloyd C. Bird HS. After two years, Mr. Waller was encouraged to consider returning to school to pursue teacher licensure. Mr. Waller would later enroll at The Johns Hopkins University and obtain his Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree for secondary social studies in 1999. Upon completion of his Master’s program he was offered a social studies position at The Paul Laurence Dunbar School for Health and Business Professions, in Baltimore, MD. He spent six wonderful years teaching various social studies classes (Government, World History, African American Studies, Sociology, and Psychology), and coaching football and track. In the summer of 2006, Mr. Waller returned to Virginia, and acquired a teaching position at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, where he taught Government, and World Studies for five years. During this time he also coached multiple sports teams throughout
Chesterfield County at the high school, and middle school levels. After eleven years of teaching and coaching, Mr. Waller pursued and obtained his Certificate of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Richmond. Since then Mr. Waller has spent his career in leadership working and serving his school community of Lloyd C. Bird. He has been the Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and current Associate Principal of Lloyd C. Bird high school. While serving in his leadership capacity Mr. Waller also served as a consultant for Youth League Coaches and coached a flag football team of one of the feeder schools. He truly loves kids, and believes in the importance of family, service, and mentoring young people.
Jon Meister was born and raised in Norfolk, VA, and graduated from Norview High School in 2009. After high school, Jon Meister earned his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Master’s degree in education from the University of Mary Washington, where he met his wife, Eleni. He began his teaching career in 2013 as a secondary mathematics teacher in Norfolk at his alma mater. In 2016, Jon and his wife moved to Richmond to be closer to both families. Her family lived in Fairfax, and Jon’s was in Virginia Beach. It was the perfect middle ground. Since moving to the Richmond area in 2016, Jon has served as a teacher at Henrico and Hermitage High School in Henrico County Public Schools. He gained experience serving as an Administrative Aide, VTSS Coach, Cross Country, and Baseball Coach. Jon recently earned a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, which allowed him to quickly get a job as the Assistant Principal at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond Public Schools. As his family continues to grow, with one two-year-old son and a baby girl on the way, he wanted to find a school that he could call home and become a part of the community, leading him to Bird High School. As Mr. Meister enters his 10th year in education, he is extremely excited to join the Bird Community and collaborate with the incredible faculty, staff, and families of L.C. Bird.
Laura Kaplan was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in English at Longwood University and her Master of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University, Laura moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to begin her career in education. There, she taught English for the School District of Philadelphia at the middle school and high school levels before returning to Richmond in 2014. She had the great fortune to be hired as an English teacher at Bird in 2014, and shortly thereafter, took on additional roles as a faculty sponsor of both the National Honor Society and the Senior Class. As the 2020-2021 school year came to a close, Laura decided to pursue an endorsement in Educational Leadership through Longwood University. She had the opportunity to further develop her leadership skills as Dean of Students at Bird for the 2021-2022 school year. Laura is beyond excited to be able to continue serving the Bird community as an Assistant Principal. She is dedicated to providing exceptional educational experiences to all of Bird’s students and passionately supporting their teachers and families.
A proud product of Chesterfield County Public Schools, Ms. Gochez is thrilled to be a part of the Skyhawk family. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Richmond. Prior to her role as Dean of Students, Ms. Gochez began her career in education as a Spanish teacher, in addition to serving as a soccer coach, mentor coordinator, and administrative aide. In her spare time, you can find her on the soccer field, dancing, or singing. She is passionate about ensuring all students have what they need to be the best version of themselves.
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Tamara Tuck was born and raised in Henrico County, Virginia, and graduated from Varina High School in 1992. After graduating, Mrs.Tuck attended and graduated from Virginia Union University in May of 1997, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Secondary Education. She began her teaching career in Richmond City Public Schools, teaching 8th grade Language Arts and Title One Reading. One thing in particular that Mrs. Tuck is passionate about is reading instruction. This passion encouraged her to go back to school to receive her Masters of Arts Degree in Reading: Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. She continued her work in Richmond City and held a variety of leadership positions. As a result, she was selected to be a part of a distinguished leadership program called Project All. Through this program she obtained her Post- Master’s Certificate in Administration and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mrs. Tuck taught English for 5 years at Salem Church Middle School before joining the L.C. Bird Administrative Team. Mrs. Tuck has been married for 22 years to Jerald Tuck, Jr and has a son who is a senior at George Mason University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Tuck is excited to begin her 26th year in education as a Dean of Students at L.C. Bird High School. Mrs.Tuck truly believes in the power of education and believes that all students can be successful when given the opportunity and guidance.
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