About Greenbrier Elementary School
Nurturing community and excellence for more than 50 years
In the heart of the Greenbrier neighborhood sits Greenbrier Elementary School, serving preschool through grade 4. Greenbrier consistently performs at high levels, regularly receiving recognitions such as “Title I Distinguished School” and the Virginia Department of Education’s “VIP Award of Excellence.”
Thanks to the school’s writing and reading initiative, students try to reach a goal of 10,000 hours of reading and writing each year. With approximately 25% of our student population speaking English as a second language, Greenbrier offers intensive literacy instruction and partners with the nearby Hearthwood Apartments for after-school tutoring and community-building.
Greenbrier builds on its partnership with the City Schoolyard Garden, taking advantage not only of its school garden, but its courtyard, outdoor amphitheater, nearby trails, and a stream to bring science (and more) to life. The school meets the needs of all its students, including gifted children in the school’s Quest program. All Charlottesville City Schools have a strong commitment to the arts, embrace new technologies, and partner with area nonprofits and businesses to provide opportunities for our students.
Constructed in 1962, Greenbrier Elementary is named for its neighborhood, a residential area in the north of Charlottesville. Greenbrier is convenient to trails, parks, Charlottesville High School (with the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center), and Walker Upper Elementary School.
Meet Your Administrators
Mrs. Dina Fricke, principal, has been with Charlottesville City Schools since 2008. Prior to becoming assistant principal, Dina previously worked as an elementary special education teacher, first grade teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She brings a broad understanding of our community, having worked at Jackson-Via, Burnley-Moran, and Clark. She holds degrees and endorsements from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mary Baldwin University, and Longwood University.
Ms. Chantel Beverly, assistant principal, has worked in elementary education since 2011. She is a graduate of VCU (Go RAMS!) with her bachelors and masters degrees in teaching. Most recently, Ms. Beverly earned her masters degree from Averett University in administration and supervision. Prior to joining Charlottesville City Schools in 2019, Ms. Beverly was a classroom teacher in fourth and fifth grades.