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Principal’s Message

July 2022

Dear Echo Lake Community!

I am thrilled to be coming on board as Principal of this incredible school.
Having served in Henrico for several years, I know of Echo Lake’s tradition of
academic excellence and strong family involvement. I look to continue these
traditions by building positive relationships with all students, staff, and
families while focusing collectively on ensuring high levels of learning, health,
and happiness for all of our students.

I have had the privilege of serving as an educational leader in Henrico
County for the past several years – at Pinchbeck Elementary, Tuckahoe
Elementary, Glen Allen Elementary, and Trevvett Elementary. I began my
career as a second grade teacher in the City of Fredericksburg after
graduating from Virginia Tech. I have experience from Hanover County
Public Schools as well and earned my administrative degree from VCU. I am
passionate about learning and believe that building strong relationships is
critical to promote high levels of learning and growth for students.

Originally from the Northern Neck of Virginia, my family loves to spend time
outdoors and on the water, whether it is at a pool, lake, river, or ocean. My
husband and I enjoy supporting our four children in their endeavors. I look
forward to my time at the “Lake” this year!

Our theme this year, “Dream Big, Aim High” reflects our commitment to
provide engaging opportunities for all students with a focus on growth,
reflection, and creativity. Through innovative instructional approaches and
real-world learning experiences, our teachers will create opportunities for
students to learn meaningful content and develop skills needed for future

I am proud to stand with and support this excellent staff as we work in
partnership with you to empower our children to become confident,
compassionate, and engaged citizens of a global community. We encourage
all families to join our PTA and get involved in activities throughout the year.
By working together, we will ensure your child’s success during these very
important first years of school. I look forward to meeting you at our
upcoming welcome back-to-school events and working with you throughout
the year.

Your partner in learning,

Ellen Gonzalez, Principal
Echo Lake Elementary School