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Principal’s Message

Dear Lakeside Families,

It is truly an honor to join your community and serve as your newly appointed principal. From my initial review of data and conversations with a variety of stakeholders, it is obvious that Lakeside is a school that is deeply rooted in community pride, outstanding accomplishments, and a continuous strive for excellence.

I reside in Hanover with my husband, Mike, who is a high school teacher. We have three children – Addison, Ava, and Ian. Outside of school hours, we are often cheering on a gymnastics practice or a ball game. I am entering my 20th year in education and have a wide range of leadership experience from all levels. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University (go Rams!). My career started in Hanover County, where I served as a high school English teacher and department chair. After earning my Education Specialist in K-12 Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, I transitioned to the middle school level as a senior teacher for seven years and assistant principal for three years. Two years ago, I made the transition to Henrico County and Glen Lea Elementary, where I have served as Associate Principal. My professional mission centers on building relationships with stakeholders and creating a culture where our students feel safe, loved, and celebrated. With these needs met, I believe we can set high expectations for student achievement and prepare students to be life ready.

I truly believe my professional journey has brought me to this point in my career to serve the Lakeside community. I look forward to working with each of you and coming together as a family to celebrate all of Lakeside’s accomplishments and set new goals as we continue to strive for excellence. My door is always open. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. You can reach me by phone (261-5050) or email (

I look forward to working with you.

In Partnership,

Holly Drake



Our Mission

We Prepare for “College…Career…Citizenship”

The mission of Lakeside Elementary is to place student learning and quality instruction at our core.   Our families, students, staff, and the community are partners in creating and maintaining a safe, positive environment that ensures every child reaches a high level of social and academic achievement as determined by school, county, state, and national standards. We commit to a comprehensive instructional program that ensures learning and equality for all.

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