A black and yellow image that reads "A Message from Our New Principal: LaRuth Ensley."

Dear Members of the Henley Community:

It is a privilege to write to you as the new principal of Henley Middle School.

Over the past two decades, my passion has been for developing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of our learners and I’ve found that the best results come from constant advocacy for the interests and the needs of every single student.  I know the same goals are important to you and I look forward to our collaboration as a team to support the values, mission and strategic goals of our division.   

My immediate priority will be on building strong and long-lasting relationships with our entire school community, our students, their families, our teachers and staff and our community partners.  I want our work together to be both enjoyable and to benefit from Henley’s existing legacy of excellence as we prepare our next generation of leaders. 

Our school division has great appeal for any educator focused on consistent, measurable and broad-based student learning.  I am very impressed with the priorities emphasized in our strategic plan—putting students first, academically and emotionally—embracing the perspectives of parents and staff in how we best support students—and remaining firmly committed to equity in the educational opportunities we offer. 

A little bit about myself.  I began my career as an English teacher with Suffolk Public Schools and later joined the Chesterfield County public school division.  I later transitioned into higher education where I held leadership positions for a span of 10 years.

I earned an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from the George Washington University in Educational Leadership & Administration, a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in English and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University.  Currently, I am pursuing my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As we prepare for the 2022-23 school year, I am looking forward to meeting and talking with as many of you as possible and to gain from your ideas for our school’s continuous improvement.  I hope to soon be in touch regarding specific opportunities for us to visit.

For all of us in education, the past few years have indeed been challenging, but even more impactful has been the devotion of our teachers and staff, the support of our parents and the resiliency of our students in continuing to excel.  My best wishes for a well-deserved, safe and enjoyable summer break.


LaRuth Ensley