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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. LaTonya Harris, Assistant Principal


671 Bell Street, Hampton, VA 23661

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


My name is Dr. LaTonya Lonnise Harris. I began my career in Norfolk in 1997 at Bowling Park Elementary School. My love for children and dedication to building the capacity of teachers through professional development has inspired me to serve in Title 1 schools for over 20 years. I have served as a classroom teacher, technology specialist, instructional specialist, and as a collaborator with district and site personnel in designing professional development to improve student outcomes and to support educators.

My educational credentials include a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Education degree from Regent University in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Interdisciplinary Studies and Early Childhood Education.

I am truly honored to serve as the assistant principal. I look forward to inspiring, engaging, and encouraging students to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom! I am certain this will be an awesome year of building positive relationships and exceeding expectations at Bassette Elementary School.

Your partner in education,

LaTonya Lonnise Harris, Ed.D.