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Leadership Team

Meet our Principal and Assistant Principals

Adaarema Kelly

Adaarema Kelly became the principal of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in 2022. She has served as the assistant principal and intersession coordinator at Tucker since 2017 and helped develop and manage the school’s improvement plan. Mrs. Kelly began her career in 2001 and has a strong background in special education.

As a military spouse, Mrs. Kelly served as a teacher in schools overseas as well as stateside, including Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). At Alexandria City High School, she worked as an AVID instructor and the lead mentor and restorative practice facilitator. She also served as an educational leader as summer learning principal and lead mentor within ACPS and as a Great Beginnings coach and administrative intern within Fairfax County Public Schools.

Mrs. Kelly holds degrees from The George Washington University, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Susquehanna University. She is also a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and administration at The George Washington University. Mrs. Kelly’s extensive professional learning record includes the National Aspiring Principals Academy 2021 (Cohort 2) held by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, ACPS Coaching Model, and New and Aspiring Leaders, Harvard University.

Phone: 703-933-6304


Jerylen Lavender Daniels
 Assistant Principal

Jerylen Daniels is an assistant principal at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School. Mrs. Daniels career in education began in 1994 and she has taught at a variety of elementary and middle school grade levels in Fulton County, Georgia and throughout Northern Virginia, including serving as an interventionist at Patrick Henry K-8 School. In addition to her work supporting students as a teacher, Mrs. Daniels also was an assistant principal at Dale City Elementary School in Prince William County, Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Huntsville, Alabama. She also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision from George Mason University. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.