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Principal's Message

Principal's Message 

Dear B. H. Tharrington Primary School Families,

#theBHT is the place to be! 

It is both an honor and a privilege to be serving as your principal. I was born and raised in Mount Airy and am proud to call it my home. I have been an educator since 2009 and have been part of Mount Airy City Schools since 2012. During my career, I have served as a kindergarten, first, and second grade teacher, a reading specialist, a curriculum facilitator, and a principal. My background in education and administration has provided me with valuable insights into fostering a student-centered approach to learning.

My goal is to ensure that every child at BHT not only receives a top-notch education but also feels valued, safe, and empowered to reach their greatest potential. We have a dedicated team of educators and staff at BHT to make this possible. Collaboration between home and school is vital in achieving this objective, and I am committed to maintaining open lines of communication to ensure we provide the best support possible for our students. Together, we can build a strong foundation for your child's lifelong love of learning.


Throughout the upcoming academic year, you can expect a continued emphasis on academic excellence, character development, and the holistic growth of each child. We will celebrate individual achievements and collective successes, creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere that motivates our students to grow.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the school staff with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have. I am here to support you and your children in any way I can.

Here's to a year filled with exciting learning experiences, meaningful friendships, and shared successes. Thank you for entrusting BHT with the privilege of educating your children.




Chelsy B. Payne