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Dr. Anthony McLaurin, Principal

Anthony J. McLaurin, Ed.D. is elated to serve as Principal of Thomas Dale High School! Dr. McLaurin has been an educator for eighteen years. He began his administrative career in 2012 as Dean of Students at Thomas Dale High School. He later served as an Assistant Principal in Richmond Public schools and returned to Thomas Dale as an Assistant Principal. Dr. McLaurin is proud to serve as the first African American Principal in TDHS history. He graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science earned both a Master’s degree and Doctorate of Education from Virginia State University. Dr. McLaurin and his wife Takeya have three children, A.J., Camren and Noah.  A.J. is a 2023 graduate of Thomas Dale, Camren is a current TDHS student and Noah will join the Castle after completing her studies at a TDHS feeder pattern middle school. Dr. McLaurin is a Board Member with the Chester YMCA, Chair of the Chesterfield County Juneteenth Steering Committee and supporter of numerous community organizations. He loves to attend live sporting events, spending time with family and perfecting recipes on the barbecue grill in his free time. Dr. McLaurin believes that engagement is the key to ensuring an outstanding high school experience and collaborates with the TDHS team and the Chester community to support every Knight, every day.

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Karen Lee, Associate Principal

Following approximately 14 years of experience in Retail, Human Resources and Program Management, Mrs. Lee entered the field of education as a Technical Communications Teacher. Since that time, she has acquired extensive experience as a Marketing Teacher, a Department Chair, a Dean of Students, an Assistant Principal, and now currently as Associate Principal. Mrs. Lee attended Virginia State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1986. She obtained a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision in May 2015. Mrs. Lee is married to Dallas T. Lee whom she met while studying for her Bachelor degree at Virginia State, they are the parents of three children (now adults).

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Dr. Jeanine Grabham, Assistant Principal

Dr. Jeanine Grabham has 31 years in education, all in Chesterfield County Public Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an Ed.D. in Leadership also from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dr. Grabham taught Chemistry for 16 years.  She is married to Scott Grabham and together they have three children, a granddaughter and a small farm.

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Elizabeth "Beth" Clark, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Clark has 18 years in education, all in CCPS.  Her first 9 years were as a teacher here at Thomas Dale and she returned as an administrator in 2017.  She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (History) – University of Virginia, a Master of Teaching (Social Studies) – Curry School at the University of Virginia, and a Post-Master’s in Administration and Supervision – Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Heidi Hicks, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Hicks has 14 years of experience in education in Chesterfield County Public Schools at the secondary level. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from James Madison University, a MT in Teaching Secondary English from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University.

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Jeffrey Millner, Assistant Principal

Mr. Millner is originally from Danville, Va. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va. Next he completed his Exceptional Education requirements at Virginia Union University. He went onto Regent University to receive his Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Millner has been in education for over 20 years. Since leaving the classroom as an exceptional education teacher, he has served as an instructional leader in Henrico County and West Point Public Schools.

In his spare time, you will find him cheering for his favorite college team (Go Tarheels), spending quality time with his son and reading.

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Catherine Mazzola, Dean of Students

Catherine Mazzola started teaching in 2009 and has 12 years of experience teaching secondary French. She taught at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Midlothian High School, and the Virginia Governor’s French Language Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. She also holds endorsements in both Gifted and ESOL education. Mrs. Mazzola is all in for TD Knights and is proud to have been serving on the TD Administration Team since Fall of 2020. She is married to Jason Mazzola and together they have a daughter, Ramona Jane, who was born in January of 2022 during Catherine’s time as a Dean at TDHS.

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Dr. Peter Willis, Dean of Students

Dr. Peter Willis has over 20 years in education, with the last seven years in Chesterfield County Public Schools. He graduated from Radford University with a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism, Virginia Tech with a master of arts degree in English Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University with a doctor of philosophy degree. He is pursuing a second master of arts degree in administration and supervision at the University of Virginia.

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Reva Pryor, School Counseling Coordinator

Mrs. Pryor attended JMU where she earned a B.A. in Business Management.  After spending over 15 years in Business where she worked as a Retirement Plan Analyst, she enrolled in graduate school at VSU and received her Master’s in Counseling.  For the last 20 year, Mrs. Pryor has enjoyed serving students and parents in the Thomas Dale HS community.  Mrs. Pryor is married to Anthony Pryor and they are the parents of two beautiful daughters and the proud grandparents of two delightful granddaughters.  In her spare time, you’ll find her serving at her church, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, spending time with her family & friends, and watching old movies!

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Richard Talman, Director of Student Activities and Athletics

Mr. Talman is in his 5th year as Director of Student Activities at Thomas Dale High School.  Prior to his time at Thomas Dale he served as Sports Director at the Shady Grove YMCA.  He previously spent time as the Assistant Director of Club Sports & Intramurals and Director of the Emory Sports & Fitness Camp at Emory University while also serving as the Men’s Club Soccer Coach.  He began his career at Hampden-Sydney College where he had various roles including Director of Recreation, Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities, and had stints as Head Cross Country Coach and Volunteer Assistant Soccer Coach.  Mr. Talman has a M.Ed in Sport Leadership from VCU and received his BA in Sports Management from West Virginia University.