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Mrs. Emily Vallandingham

Hello Thomas Jefferson Middle School students and families! I am excited and honored to be the new principal at TJMS for the 22-23 school year and can't wait to get to know each of you better throughout the course of the school year! I am a 2002 graduate of Jefferson City High School and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Middle School Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, my Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri, and my Specialist Degree in School Administration from Arkansas State University.

I have taught 8th grade writing, 9th grade English, 9th grade Technology Applications, served as an Instructional Coach, and most recently as the Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Capital City High School from 2019-2022.

I'm passionate about building a positive school community, ensuring high-quality teaching and learning, and promoting a growth mindset among students and staff. I have high expectations for staff and students and am so excited to be a Patriot this year!

I am married and have two children of my own who keep me busy with youth sports. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, like to create art and crafts, and I try to read as often as possible. I'm mostly excited to spend as much time as possible with the students and staff at TJMS this year!

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