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Natalie Bare, Principal

As principal of Gordon Elementary School, I would like to welcome you.  At Gordon, we always work to make all decisions with the mindset of what is best for kids. Our ultimate goal is To Be a Champion for Students. We work hard to provide engaging and innovative experiences for every student. Students deserve to have their voices heard and valued.

A bit about me: After graduating from Longwood University, my educational career began in Henrico County where I served as a second, third and fourth grade teacher for six years. During this time I earned my M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. Next, I moved into the role of Resource Teacher for two years before relocating with my family for a brief stint in Northern VA working as a third grade teacher for Alexandria City. Fortunately, we were brought back to Richmond and I returned to Henrico County as an Associate Principal for three years. I was able to return to Chesterfield and serve as the Assistant Principal at Winterpock Elementary before receiving the greatest opportunity ever, principal at Gordon Elementary!

I grew up in Midlothian, graduating from Clover Hill Hight School! My husband Matt, my daughter Madison and my son Jackson (both patriots!) and I live in Moseley. As a family we love being outside, going to the beach, reading books, playing games and just enjoying time together.

Please feel free to email me at or call me at (804) 378.2410 if I can help with anything. We are a family and are always happy to help.  Our goal is to always create a safe, positive, welcoming, engaging, and challenging learning environment.  I look forward to another wonderful and exciting year at Gordon. Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!

Thank you,
Natalie S. Bare, Principal

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Meghan Perno, Assistant Principal

I am very excited to serve as the Assistant Principal of Gordon Elementary School. I am a proud graduate of Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Tech, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, and an Education Specialist’s degree with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision. I began my career as a middle school classroom teacher, teaching English in Newport News and Poquoson, VA. I also taught 5th grade at Langley Elementary School in Hampton, VA. Upon relocating to Chesterfield, VA, I taught 4th grade at OB Gates Elementary School before beginning my administrative career as the Dean of Students at Matoaca High School.

In addition to my academic and career accomplishments, I am a wife to my college sweetheart and mother of three; in the fall, Madison begins 9th grade at Cosby, Emma begins 7th grade at Tomahawk Creek Middle, and Logan will be a 1st-grade Patriot. In my free time, I enjoy working out at OrangeTheory, watching my kids play sports, and playing outside with my kids and two golden retrievers.

I believe that genuine collaboration fosters ownership of a rich school culture. Supporting our kids to do well at school and in their personal lives is the center of the work we do as a school family. I am honored to have been selected to serve this community. I want you to know that my door is always open to you. I welcome your input and feedback, and I am excited to collaborate to ensure success for all Gordan Patriots! Please feel free to email me at or call me at (804) 378-2410 if I can help with anything.