Dr. Rickie Hopkins, Principal

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Allow me to introduce myself to you, I am Dr. Rickie G. Hopkins, the Interim Principal serving Walker-Grant Middle School. I have been fortunate to serve in the educational leadership role for over thirty years with various schools, such as Richmond City Public Schools for thirty years, Westmoreland Public Schools, Petersburg Public Schools, and Essex County Public Schools. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Paul’s College, a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University, a Master of Divinity from Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Divinity, and now a doctoral recipient at Payne Theological School Seminary.

My experiences leading schools include the ability to demonstrate competency in assisting teachers and staff with redirecting to the main focus of educating young, brilliant minds of students to their full potential. My compassion to assist students goes with seeing themselves as the future, which drives the need to incorporate high-level thinkers, creative minds, and future entrepreneurs.

Thus, this passion affords me the need to travel to this community from Chesterfield, VA, where my wife Antoinette and our dog, "Buttons,” reside.

Finally, I am honored to serve in this prestigious position as the Interim Principal of the historical Walker-Grant Middle School.

Kisha Frye, Assistant Principal

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Mrs. Kisha Frye, a graduate of James Monroe High School and a lifelong resident of the City of Fredericksburg. Mrs. Frye earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a Minor in Human Resources Management from Strayer University and her Master’s in Education with a concentration in Special Education from the University of Mary Washington. In 2002, Mrs. Frye entered her educational career as a reading paraprofessional at Hugh Mercer. When Lafayette Upper Elementary School opened in 2005, she transferred there and in 2008 began her teaching career. Mrs. Frye returned to Hugh Mercer in 2018 to work in a shared position, as a special education teacher and an administrative intern. Mrs. Frye became Assistant Principal of Hugh Mercer in 2019.

Mrs. Frye and her husband, Charlie Frye Jr., are both James Monroe alumni and have raised their three children through the Fredericksburg City Schools.

Emma Brown, Assistant Principal

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Emma Brown, a graduate of James Monroe High School, is a lifelong Fredericksburg City Public Schools educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Longwood University, and she earned a Master of Educational Leadership degree from George Mason University. Mrs. Brown began her teaching career in 2012 at Walker-Grant Middle School; she taught at W-GMS for eight years in all four core content areas, at all three grade levels. She then served one year as the W-GMS Instructional Technology Coach. During her teaching tenure, she served as an assistant softball coach, Odyssey of the Mind coach and coordinator, debate sponsor, and Emerge sponsor.


During the 2021-2022 school year, Mrs. Brown served as the Administrative Intern, alternating between Hugh Mercer Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School. She then returned home to Walker-Grant Middle School to serve as an Assistant Principal. Her daughter now joins her in FCPS as a kindergarten student at LES. Mrs. Brown's favorite quote is, "Things are beautiful, if you love them," and she loves the students and families of Fredericksburg City Public Schools.