Meet Your Principal
Mrs. Paula Huffman
Mrs. Huffman is excited to begin her first year working with the Frederick Douglass School Community and looks forward to meeting and working with the student body, staff members, and school community. She is beginning her twenty-fifth year as an educator, a journey that has been filled with great experiences, a commitment to excellence and a passion for providing a high quality instructional environment for children.
Mrs. Huffman received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Berry College and her Master degree from Georgia State University. She also has an Educational Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University in School Administration and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at The College of William and Mary.
Mrs. Huffman began her career in Georgia as an elementary classroom teacher and media specialist and was named Teacher of the Year at Nicholson Elementary School. Mrs. Huffman next began her administrative career as Assistant Principal and Principal at Rocky Mount and Garrison Mill Elementary Schools. During her time as an assistant principal, Rocky Mount Elementary was named a Georgia School of Excellence and Garrison Mill Elementary received the Platinum Award for two consecutive years for Highest Academic Achievement. Her family relocated to Virginia in 2011 and she has served as Principal at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary in the Williamsburg-James City County School Division. Mrs. Huffman and her husband have two college aged children, her daughter is currently attending James Madison University and her son is attending the University of Mary Washington.
As Mrs. Huffman begins her first year as principal at Frederick Douglass Elementary, she plans to continue to cultivate the culture of excellence that is already in place and sustain a high quality learning environment. Her main priority will be on establishing a warm and caring environment with the highest expectations for all learners. She believes that families are a vital part of the learning process and wants to partner together with families to help our students achieve the highest academic and character expectations. She believes that by working with each other, we can help every child realize their greatest potential.