Principal's Message

Dear Community,

Dr. Dana Gresham

It is my honor to welcome you to Hanover County Online School—Home of the OWLs! (Online While Learning)

While we are not in a physical school building together, please know that I am eager to work with you to build our Online community as we learn together!

I want to acknowledge that I am well aware that all of us—teachers, parents, and students—have arrived at the Online School from many different directions. We are navigating a world that is different than it was six months ago. We are coping with the impacts of a global pandemic in many different ways including economically, emotionally, and socially. We are struggling with challenging local, state, and national conversations about race, equality, prejudice, and diversity. And through it all, we know that the well-being of our children must be at the foundation of all we do. As I heard a wise HCPS principal say, "In addition to this being hard work, it is heart work."

Speaking personally, as I have navigated the excitement and challenges of opening this Online School, three themes have consistently played in my mind.

  • First, every single student coming to the Online School is valuable and valued, with the ability to achieve at high levels. I believe in these students.
  • Second, I believe in the leadership team, faculty, and staff of the Online School. They have the expertise and the passion for learning necessary to support our learners and make great things happen.
  • Third, throughout this year, we are all going to grow as Online learners, teachers, and parents. This is new to us all, but by assuming positive intentions about one another, we are going to do amazing things for our children!

I will be working alongside a highly skilled leadership team this year. Please learn their names and read the information about their responsibilities. They are eager to get to know you!

Finally, I want you to know that I am deeply appreciative of the many parents with whom I have spoken recently, either personally or via email. I greatly appreciate your advocacy for your children balanced with your empathy for challenging circumstances! I look forward to partnering with you—and the exemplary Online School leadership team, faculty, and staff—as we strive to provide exemplary learning experiences for all of our children.

OWLs—it’s time to take flight!


Dr. Dana Gresham
Director of Professional Learning, Leadership & Federal Programs
Principal of Hanover County Online School

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