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Meet Principal Kecia Ryan

Ms. Kecia Ryan has spent over 25 years serving the students and families of Richmond Public Schools. Prior to being selected as the assistant principal and then principal of J.L. Francis, Ms. Ryan served as a middle school English teacher. During her long career in education, she remains steadfast in her belief that providing equity in education gives all students the support they need to be successful.

Additionally, Ms. Ryan began her career in education with Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Ryan earned her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Alabama, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Meet Assistant Principal Camille Calloway

Camille  Calloway was born and raised in Hampton, VA. She attended Hampton University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders and a Master’s in Teaching Special Education. A few years later, she then received a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University. She has taught ninth through twelfth grade, and has been an instructional specialist for special education. She is currently going into her 20th year in education. In her free time, Ms. Calloway enjoys random acts of kindness, dining out, shopping, baking and spending time with family and friends. She believes the secret to a happy life is helping others. She is blessed that she has achieved much in her life and wants to help others find the same success.

Ms. Calloway is excited to re-join the J.L. Francis community and is looking forward to serving the students, staff and parents!


Phone: 804.745.3702



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Meet Assistant Principal Cordell Watkins

Mr. Cordell Watkins has 20+ years in the field of education. Each of his 21 years he has spent  serving the students and families of Richmond Public Schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and Masters in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech. This is his 5th year serving as the Assistant Principal at J.L. Francis Elementary School. He has helped to lead Francis to full accreditation in the 2017 - 2018 school year. He was selected for the University Of Richmond Next Generation Leadership Academy in the Fall of 2018. He is passionate about working hard for the students and families of Richmond Public Schools in a way that improves student outcomes. 

Phone: (804)745-3702