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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.

Assistant Principal

Ms. Lakeshia Ames


671 Bell Street, Hampton, VA 23661

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


It is my pleasure and honor to introduce myself as the Assistant Principal of Bassette Elementary School. I am extremely excited to join the Bassette community and to support our students and their families to the best of my ability. My desire is to promote the continuous academic, social and emotional success of all students.

I have enjoyed serving students, families and teachers for the past 21 years. For the last 4, it has been an absolute joy to serve as an administrator; leading, loving and learning. I strongly believe that ALL students can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way. Their social and emotional well-being is vital to overall growth. Therefore, it is my goal to support our families and teachers in meeting students where they are, to get them where they need to be. I sincerely want students to be successful life-long lovers of learning!

I look forward to building lasting relationships with the students, teachers, families and community. My door is always open, as I am here to serve. It is going to be a stellar year of teaching and learning! The Bassette Pandas are ready to Rock and Roll!