Valencia Chapman-Thomson

Assistant Head of School & Academic Dean K-2

Valencia Chapman is thrilled to begin her 2nd year as Academic Dean of Instruction at HLA2. She has over 13 years’ experience as an educator. She oversees curriculum implementation and teacher development. Valencia also coaches and supports Kindergarten, First and Second grade teachers. Before coming to HLA2, Valencia served as a teacher, Intervention Specialist, Dean of Instruction and Assistant Principal in various schools. She is excited to continue working with the students and teachers this year. Valencia believes that all children can be successful when given the right resources. This belief drives her work to ensure students and teachers receive the necessary support to be successful. Valencia graduated from Lehman College with a B.A in Mass Communications. Realizing that her calling was education, she enrolled in St. John’s University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education and an Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership. When she is not at school, Valencia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and testing out new recipes.