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Meet the principals of LUES and Walker-Grant (Part 2)

On Friday, you got to meet Matthew Terry, the new principal at Lafayette Upper Elementary School. Today you’ll get to meet Melanie Kay-Wyatt, the new principal at Walker-Grant Middle School.


Melanie Kay-Wyatt, Principal at Walker-Grant Middle School

Hometown: Landover, Maryland (but she moved to Fredericksburg when she was 16)

Previous Job: Assistant Principal at Walker-Grant Middle School (She’s taught almost every grade from K-12 and has been with Fredericksburg City Schools since 1997.)

Education: Bachelor’s from Mary Washington College, Master’s in special education from Old Dominion University and a master’s from the University of Mary Washington in educational leadership. She’s currently working on her doctorate.

Goals For WGMS:

  • Maintaining where Mr. Thomas left off and maintaining high academic rigor
  • Having new mentoring programs for students
  • Boosting graduation and giving more awards
  • Creating more electives and course offerings
  • Creating more clubs to meet more needs of students
  • Reaching out and getting to know five new students each day

Biggest Challenge: “Making sure we meet every student’s needs,” she said

Favorite Subject in School: Math and science

Family: Two daughters: Billie (16) and Temple (13)

Walker-Grant also has a new administrative team. Here’s some more information about them:

Andrea Bumbrey, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Bumbrey received her bachelor’s from Hampton University and her master’s in education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She most recently served as an Assistant Principal at Lafayette Upper Elementary School.  She has been employed by Fredericksburg City Schools since 2001.

Tim Duffy, Administrative Assistant

Dr. Duffy received his bachelor’s from the University of Mary Washington and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia.  He most recently served as Mathematics teacher at Walker-Grant Middle School.  He has been employed by Fredericksburg City Schools since 2007.