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Mr. Scott Elchenko

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Mr. Scott Elchenko

Welcome to Hartwood Elementary…home of the Hornets!   We are proud to have a long history of providing an exemplary, world-class education to all of our scholars.  As your leading STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) school in the region, we ensure that ALL students have opportunities to think critically, collaborate with others, engage in the creative process, and communicate their ideas with others.  

As a school that is truly striving for excellence in everything we do, we are continually recognized for the strong family environment that is established, along with our continual expectation of excellent academic performance for each and every child.  Our work with the John F. Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts (CETA) program, along with our partnership with the University of Mary Washington, to our Responsive Classroom philosophy of building a community of engaged and active learners, helps keep us one of the most progressive schools in Virginia.  As a Title 1 school serving nearly 570 students in grades Pre-K to 5th, we have earned recognition as a Virginia Title 1 School of Distinction along with being recognized by the Virginia Math and Science Coalition’s (VMSC) “Programs that Work” for promoting MakerSpaces and the Engineering Design Process.   Furthermore, Hartwood is the first school in Stafford County to offer the Middlebury Interactive Languages program to students, thus ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn Spanish and various cultures during their school day!

Mr. Elchenko is a graduate of Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).  In addition, he has earned two Master’s Degrees in the field of education.  He is a graduate of Cabrini College (Radnor, PA) where he earned his Master of Education degree along with becoming a state certified teacher.  Additionally, he has earned a second Master of Education degree from the University of Mary Washington, along with fulfilling the requirements for state certification in Administration and Supervision (K-12).

Mr. Elchenko has always been an administrator in Title 1 schools.  Having served for four years as an Assistant Principal at Mount Vernon Community School (Alexandria, VA), he has experience working in diverse, bilingual environments where he supported a Spanish Immersion program and a school on a modified, year-round academic calendar.  His leadership and strong instructional focus helped lead the school to double digit improvements in student academic performance across many demographic subgroups, implemented a Positive Behavioral Instructional Supports (PBIS) program school-wide, and reduced the number of students identified as special education from 17%-12%.  Additionally, Mr. Elchenko helped lead a school wide team in applying for the International Baccalaureate:  Primary Years Programme (PYP) along with earning advanced certification.

Mr. Elchenko, before accepting the position as Hartwood’s current principal, also served as Assistant Principal of King George Elementary (King George, VA) for one year.  During this time, he helped create a new guided reading book room, aligned Virginia’s Department of Education special education regulations to the school's procedures, and led the county-wide team to obtain the School Board’s approval to implement the Virginia Department of Education’s Guidelines for the Uniform Teacher Evaluation model.

Mr. Elchenko is a former First-Year Teacher of the Year recipient, along with a former Teacher of the Year recipient.  Having taught in Key West, Florida and Stafford County, Virginia (Grafton Village ES!), he brings a passion for teaching, learning, and leading to Hartwood Elementary!