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Mrs. Rachel Novak

Hello, Barrett Families! 

I have loved every moment of being part of this awesome school community and am thrilled to be returning to Barrett for my second year as principal. Thank you for your continued partnership, support, and dedication to Kate Waller Barrett Elementary. Our school is the best in Stafford County because of YOU!

I began my career as a Special Education teacher at Colonial Beach High School in 2009. In 2011, I was extended the opportunity to teach closer to my home in Fredericksburg and landed in 5th grade at Lafayette Elementary School, where I remained until transitioning into administration as assistant principal of Yowell Elementary in Culpeper in 2018. I had the pleasure of serving as AP at Widewater Elementary in Stafford during the 2021-2022 school year and am so fortunate to have been embraced by this wonderful SCPS family. Quality educational experiences are extremely important to me and to my family. My husband Cameron is also an educator; currently, he is a middle school ESOL teacher in Prince William County. Together we enjoy traveling throughout the country and beyond to immerse ourselves in different cultures and traditions. We are committed to being lifelong learners and will always be students first.

I truly believe that we are strongest when we work as a team in support of our scholars and I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to partner with you as we look forward to another amazing school year ahead. Together, we will ensure that Kate Waller Barrett serves and supports our scholars, staff, and families by maintaining a safe, supportive, inclusive, and loving environment for ALL.

I can’t wait to begin a brand new year with our scholars, staff, caregivers, and community members both new and returning. I am honored to be leading this outstanding team of educators and am committed to being at my best each and every day for you and your children.

On the good days, the tough days, and every day in between: we see you, we hear you, we love you.

With gratitude,