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Dr. Bryan Hicks, Principal

Dr. Hicks is excited to be returning for his third year serving the Carver Middle School Community! Dr. Hicks started his education career as a social studies teacher at Thomas Dale High School. While at Thomas Dale, he served as the BETA Club sponsor, coached multiple sports, and served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities. Prior to joining Carver, Dr. Hicks served as an administrator at Thomas Dale, Matoaca HS, Midlothian MS, and Elizabeth Davis MS.

Dr. Hicks is a proud Chesterfield County Public Schools graduate (Manchester HS). He received his B.A. in History from Hampden-Sydney College, his teaching licensure from the University of Richmond, his M.S. in Sports Management/Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from VCU.

Dr. Hicks and his wife, Heidi, have two children and two grandchildren. Dr. Hicks enjoys attending live sporting events, especially at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hicks believes that every student brings value to the school, and it is essential that all students be given the opportunity to reach and exceed their goals. He looks forward to continuing to build a strong connection between the school and community. Go Cougars!

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Mary Alyse Klement, Associate Principal

Ms. Klement is excited to return to the Cougar family for another great school year. She has 12 years of educational experience. Prior to her current role as Associate Principal, she served as the Assistant Principal at Carver Middle, Dean of Students at Falling Creek Middle School and taught at Robious Middle School. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and a product of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ms. Klement is a graduate of James Madison University (Go Dukes!) and the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!). 

She is a proud aunt to her nephews & nieces, and loves to travel in her free time.

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Trista Abernethy, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Abernethy is grateful to be joining the Carver Middle School Community as Assistant Principal and looks forward to a great school year.  She was born and raised in North Carolina and attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington earning a Bachelors in Middle Grades Education.  She was a math teacher for many years before earning her Masters in Educational Leadership from Clemson University and becoming a school administrator.  

Serving students, their families, and the school community has been her life’s work, and she has worked in schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas throughout her twenty-six-year tenure.

She and her husband, David, are the proud parents of three children who have all benefited from public schools and exceptional teachers!!  When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends on the water or at a sporting event!

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Marissa Parsons, Dean of Students

Ms. Parsons is a veteran educator serving learners and families in diverse communities through the performing arts since 2003. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Minor in Spanish from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. In May, 2024 she will complete her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision at the University of Virginia. After spending time teaching at various public schools in North Carolina, Ms. Parsons moved to Lima, Peru. In Peru she served as the K-12 Music teacher at the International Christian School of Lima. Upon her return to the US in 2013, she settled in Chester, Virginia and taught music in Chesterfield County Public Schools at James River High School, Robious Elementary School, and Meadowbrook High prior to her arrival at Carver. Ms Parsons passionately pursues equity, cultural inclusivity, and new ways to drive achievement for all members of the learning community.

“Passion is the degree of difficulty we are willing to endure to reach a goal”~J.Piper

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Tracie Elliott, Dean of Students

Ms. Elliott is excited to serve another year on the Administrative team at Carver Middle School. She has over 22 years of educational experience. Prior to her current position as Dean of Students, she has served in the following roles: K-12 Interim Math Coach, ITRT, Title 1 Math Coach, Implementation Coach and Math teacher in a neighboring school division. Most recently, Ms. Elliott served as the District Site Supervisor for Elementary Summer school for Chesterfield County Public schools. Ms. Elliott received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration & Management from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is currently pursuing a Masters of Administration, Leadership & Supervision from Virginia State University.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”