Greer Elementary School

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Mary Carr Greer Elementary School is an Albemarle County public elementary school that teaches students from pre-K through fifth grade and is part of the county's Northern Feeder Pattern. From Greer Elementary students will continue on to Jack Jouett Middle School and graduate from Albemarle High School. [1]

At the beginning of the 2019 school year, Greer reported an enrollment of 522 students in pre-k through 5th grade. [2]

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Greer Elementary School was founded in 1974 and named for Mary Louise Carr-Greer (the eldest child of Hugh Carr), a tireless educator and education innovator.[3] Since its opening, Greer Elementary has continued to expand and in 2012 underwent a $3 million renovation, adding six classrooms as well as an art studio and an outdoor classroom.[4]

No Child Left Behind

Since 2007, Greer Elementary has been designated as an "improvement" school for its failure to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind qualifications. According to school officials, much of this is due to a disproportionately high degree of cultural diversity and large number of English as Second Language students. These conditions have driven Principal Robyn Bolling to implement unique strategies, including administering assessments of student learning almost daily.[5]

Description from 2019 State of the Division Annual Report

"At Greer, we will change lives and our community. We will reach and challenge every student, every day. Just as we are leaders in Responsive Classroom, our goal is to become leaders in eliminating achievement gaps and providing equitable outcomes and opportunities for all students." [6]


The current principal is Stephen Saunders.

The following is a list of people who have served as principal[1]

Term Principal
2019- Present Stephen Saunders
2018- 2019 Jill Lee
2012 - 2018 Robyn Bolling
2007 - 2012 Matthew Landahl
2004 - 2007 Kim Cousins
2000 - 2004 Steve Braintwain
1974 - 2000 Fulton Marshall

Safe routes to school

The county is planning on upgrading sidewalks in the area by applying for a Safe Routes to School grant from the federal government.[7] A travel plan has been created by the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation with collaboration from county officials. The plan consists of several projects to be considered and approved by VDOT before the county can seek federal funding.[8]


In early 2014, teacher Stephanie Tatel received a $1,200 gift from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. Tatel will use the money reinforce reading skills with the use of audio in her classroom.

The project, entitled “Engaging and Motivating Special Needs Readers,” will use 20 mp3 players to create a digital audio library designed for 4th and 5th graders. [9]

Book Fairies

Since 2014, several teachers at Greer have spent time delivering books to students during the summer as part of a program designed to give extra help. [10]


Mary Carr Greer Elementary School is located at 190 Lambs Lane.

Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°04′42″N 78°30′22″W / 38.078332°N 78.505983°W / 38.078332; -78.505983


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Greer Elementary School Fact Sheet, retrieved November 17, 2019.
  2. Web. Greer Elementary School, School Quality Profile, Virginia Department of Education, retrieved November 17, 2019.
  3. Web. School History, Mary Carr Greer Elementary, retrieved May 30, 2012.
  4. Web. Work on school facilities winding down in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Megan E. Davis, Daily Progress, August 5, 2012, retrieved August 6, 2012.
  5. Web. New principal at Greer has her work cut out for her, Megan E. Davis, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 18, 2012, retrieved August 20, 2012. Print. August 19, 2012 page A1.
  6. Web. State of the Division: A Work In Progress, Office of Strategic Communications, Annual Report, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved November 17, 2019.
  7. Web. Safe Routes to School Travel Plan - Greer Elementary and Jouett Middle, retrieved June 6, 2012.
  8. Web. Routes to Greer Elementary, Jouett Middle School to get safer, Ian M. Lamb, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 24, 2012, retrieved July 12, 2012.
  9. Web. Greer Elementary teachers encourage reading through audio books, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved May 19, 2014.
  10. Web. Greer’s Book Fairies bring ‘the magic of reading’ to students during summer months, Kayli Wren, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 1, 2017, retrieved August 3, 2017.

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