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Meet Principal, Inett Dabney

I am a native of Richmond, Virginia. I attended Richmond Public Schools from kindergarten thru the 12th grade. I obtained my bachelor degree in education from Virginia Union University and my masters degree of supervision and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University..

I have been an educator for 28 years, on the elementary, middle, and or high school level.

My educational philosophy is that all students can learn and experience success, with loving, caring, and committed individuals.

As as educator, it is my responsible to pay it forward to the next generation and provide them with the best educational experience possible.

Meet 8th Grade Assistant Principal, Clifton Murray

Clifton Murray serves as Assistant Principal at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Murray attended Jackson State University located in Jackson, Mississippi. While attending JSU Mr. Murray was a member of The Sonic Boom of the South, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band II, Symphonic Band, and music education major. Mr. Murray has also attended Norfolk State University (Bachelor’s Degree in Education), Central Michigan University (Masters in Educational Leadership), and currently attending Grand Canyon University (Doctor of Educational Leadership K-12).

Mr. Murray was a Music Educator for 17 years before going into administration at MLK. He served as Director of Bands at several middle and high schools located in North Carolina and Maryland with the most recent being John Rolfe Middle School and Assistant Band Director at Varina High School, both located in Eastern Henrico County in the State of Virginia.

Mr. Murray is a lifelong educator who is dedicated to success and mentorship of all students. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., National Association for Music Educators, and The Richmond Pops. He is looking forward to continuing his career here at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School!

Meet 7th Grade Assistant Principal, Pamela Couther

Meet A.T.O.M STEM Academy Principal, Mr. Davell Smith

I must say that I am ecstatic to join the family at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School this year as our STEM Assistant Principal. As a native Richmonder, I am extremely blessed to be back in the community where my educational foundation was constructed. For the last eight years, I have held various positions in Louisa County Public Schools. I am proud to transition to the middle school level to work with the future of tomorrow.

My passion for education started in high school with the Teach for Tomorrow program. Also, in high school, I was blessed to receive a football scholarship to Concord University. Years later, as I reflect, I am so proud that my passion (football) allotted me an opportunity to pursue Education. At Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, I double-majored in Special Education and History Education. Following Concord, I earned my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from James Madison University.

I am extremely passionate and excited about continuing the wonderful work that is already in progress at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. I look forward to helping our students discover their purpose by exposing them to an innovative and engaging STEM experience. My role as assistant principal is to serve the MLK community while ensuring that our students have a safe, rigorous, and caring place to learn and grow.

I am committed to serving MLK’s students, staff, and parents through open communication and a commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and excellence!