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Shelly Spain

Principal, M. Ed.

Bassette Elementary School

Main Office: 757-727-1071

Fax: 757-727-1275

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the new principal at Bassette Elementary School. With 23 years of experience in the field of education, I am confident that I possess the knowledge and qualifications to ensure that all students receive a quality education that enables them to become productive and responsible citizens. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Bassette as we work together to ensure the academic and social success of our students.

My mission as principal will be to always put kids first! My belief is that all students can learn, and it is our job to meet each student where they are while ushering them towards avenues of success. I also want all children to love school! My passion for elementary education, as well as the enthusiasm of my staff, will always be evident. In a collaborative effort, we want students to thrive in all ways possible.

Please remember, your child’s academic success requires teamwork! It is essential that our parents and community members are our partners in learning. I have an open door policy and I believe it is my job to ensure we are providing the framework and foundation for that relationship. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in any way. It is going to be a positive and engaging school year at Bassette! We look forward to working with you and your child to ensure a productive and safe learning environment that promotes the highest levels of student success.

Dr. Rohan Cumberbatch-Smith Assistant Principal


671 Bell Street, Hampton, VA 23661

MAIN OFFICE: 757-727-1071 FAX: 757-727-1275


I am Dr. Rohan Cumberbatch-Smith (affectionately called Dr. C). My love for children has guided my work with children and families in two states and now three cities. I began my education career as a teacher assistant in New York City, and later served as a classroom teacher for grades,2,3, and 5, all in urban settings. Following my seven years as a classroom teacher I had the privilege of serving as an instructional specialist where I was responsible for working with teachers to improve the quality of instruction and student engagement. I have continued to support students, teachers and parents as they engaged daily in the business of teaching and learning.

My educational credentials include a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and an Educational Leadership degree ( Ed. S) both from Virginia Tech. I also attained a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from City College of New York.

I am honored and excited to serve as assistant principal of Bassette Elementary School. I am certain that my upcoming year as a Panda will be awesome! I look forward to establishing relationships with children, staff, parents, and members of the community, while inspiring our children to achieve their best.

Your partner in education,

Rohan Cumberbatch-Smith Ed.D.