Principal's Message

  • Greetings John Kerr School Community!! 

    It is with the most amazing joy and excitement that I am chosen to serve this community!  I am super excited and cannot wait to meet the students I have seen on the school’s website.  It is my passion and purpose in life to serve students, teachers, and families.  It is a call I do not take lightly.

    My desire is for every individual who crosses the threshold of JKES, every single day, to feel the peace, kindness, joy, and an unwavering level of great customer service.  It is our mission to ensure our students and teachers are in the most nurturing, safe environment always.  That will be my priority as the leader of JKES.

    In addition to an incredible and safe school environment, JKES will continue to be a school that will demonstrate GREATNESS and we will continue to move “Full Steam Ahead”!!  That means, every single adult in our building will lend their time and talent, in whatever capacity they serve, to ensuring our school operates on the next level of greatness!

    John Kerr is fortunate to continue with the METRICs grant, which is on the cutting edge of computer science and STEAM education (and students LOVE it).  The PEDLE program, which focuses on personalized learning, digital learning experiences, as well as collaborative projects, allows students to have tailored learning opportunities.  John Kerr has a plethora of resources that enhance the curriculum, while making teaching and learning fun for students and teachers. The House System also allowed us to create school-wide connections, while participating in house meetings, competitions, and other fun activities. 

    In addition to the many resources afforded to our school, we will continue to grow as educators, pushing the limits and boundaries of our academic world, and finding new ways to address student achievement.  Our teachers are prepared to implement the highest level of achievement, focusing on student learning and development, while ensuring that we address the social and emotional needs of our children.  We will focus on building meaningful relationships, teaching with rigor and high expectations, and building a climate and school culture that is unmatched!

    Our goal is to create passionate, creative, lifelong learners at John Kerr.  We strive to foster the curiosity and spirit of all our students, implementing learning that focuses on critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, and global citizenship.  We want all our students to be college and career-ready!  There are jobs and opportunities, not yet created, in which they will soar! 

    Parents, I look forward to working with you to provide the best school experience for your children.  I will offer sit-down coffee hours and other meetings, so we can become partners and unite in our greatest purpose, our children!  I cannot wait to meet you!  This year will be AMAZING!  I just know it!  Again, I am honored to serve as the leader of this GREAT school community! 


    Dr. Gail Brady, Principal


Education & Experience

  • Dr. Brady has 30 years of experience in education, starting with her role as a Teaching Assistant for several years before obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG).  

    Following her Bachelor’s work, Dr. Brady taught for 7 years in Guilford County Schools (NC) before moving into Assistant Principal and Principal roles. During this time, she graduated with a Master’s in School Administration and an Educational Specialist Master’s from UNCG.   

    In 2012, Dr. Brady made the move to Virginia and began her career with Loudoun County Public Schools while completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNCG.   Dr. Brady served as the Principal of Sugarland Elementary School in Loudoun County Public Schools.  Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership at Averett University and a Program Mentor in Elementary Education with Western Governors University.