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About Us

Meet Your Administrators

Mrs. Dina Fricke, Principal, has been with Charlottesville City Schools since 2008. Dina previously worked as an elementary special education teacher, first grade teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She brings a broad understanding of our community, having worked at Jackson-Via, Burnley-Moran, and Clark. She holds degrees and endorsements from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mary Baldwin University, and Longwood University.

Mrs. Juanita Eddy, Assistant Principal, has been with Charlottesville City Schools since 2011. She was previously an assistant principal at Burnley-Moran and Clark. Prior to coming to Cville Schools, she taught for 11 years in other divisions in Virginia. A graduate of Albemarle High School, she received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and continued to graduate school at Mary Baldwin College.  She has completed additional graduate coursework through the University of Virginia.

School History

Greenbrier students in scienceConstructed in 1962, Greenbrier Elementary is named for its neighborhood, a residential area in the north of Charlottesville. Greenbrier is convenient to trails, parks, Charlottesville High School (with the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center), and Walker Upper Elementary School.

Nurturing Community and Excellence for More than 60 Years

Greenbrier school-wide morning meetingIn the heart of the Greenbrier neighborhood sits Greenbrier Elementary School, serving preschool through grade 4.  Greenbrier consistently performs at high levels, regularly receiving recognitions such as “Title I Distinguished School” and the Virginia Department of Education’s  “VIP Award of Excellence.”

Greenbrier Elementary is a caring school where “Everybody is Somebody.” Through our partnership with families and community, we are committed to a diverse educational program where everyone is loved, respected, valued, and encouraged to develop to their fullest potential. At Greenbrier, we are committed to building positive relationships with all students and families, meeting the individual needs of all students, and challenging all students to achieve. We will continue to work to develop a school climate of collaboration and shared voice amongst our staff, students, and families. Our school expectations for students are “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be a Problem Solver.”  

Greenbrier builds on its partnership with the City Schoolyard Garden, taking advantage not only of its school garden, but its courtyard, outdoor amphitheater, nearby trails, and a stream to bring science (and more) to life.  Our active PTO collectively supports our Reading Stars, too, through field trips, family events, and the annual Frog Jog. 

School Communications

  • Greenbrier student blowing bubblesWeekly Family updates are sent out each Sunday afternoon via ParentSquare. Please stay in the loop for helpful school updates. 
  • Please also check our School Calendar for any GBR happenings!
  • Want to get connected with the PTO? Please email: or visit the PTO page.
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Show Your Greenbrier Spirit

Greenbrier student with CHS chickenAt Greenbrier, we are home of the Reading Stars! We have several ways we promote our GBR School Pride:

  • Learn our School-Wide Song, “Reading Stars Forever” here.
  • Wear your school shirt or GBR colors (green & yellow) on our School-Wide Morning Meeting (SWMM) days and every Friday! 
  • Our Reading Star Pledge:

As a Greenbrier Reading Star,
I promise to be Responsible, Respectful, and a Problem Solver.
As a Greenbrier Reading Star,
I never quit, I am eager to learn and strive to be my best!
Go Greenbrier Elementary School,
Let's Shine Together!

Check out this link to our school vendor for GBR t-shirts and more.