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Dr. David S. Ellena - Principal

    Dr. Ellena has been in public education for 30 years. He started as a Physical Education teacher in Prince George County in September of 1985. Dr. Ellena taught Health and Phys. Ed. for 14 ½ years at JEJ Moore Junior High School, Midlothian Middle School, LC Bird High School and Falling Creek Middle School. During that time, he coached football and baseball at Monacan High School, LC Bird High School and Meadowbrook High School, and coached indoor track for two years at LC Bird High.

Dr. Ellena got his first assistant principal position in January of 2000 at Midlothian Middle School. He served in the same position at Swift Creek Middle School for three years, and held the same position at Providence Middle School for three years. This is his fifth year serving as the Principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School. He is also active in the Virginia Association of Secondary Schools Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, having served on the Board of Directors for both organizations.

Dr. Ellena received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, his Masters degree from Virginia State University and his doctoral degree from Virginia State University as well.

            Dr. Ellena has been married for 30 years. His wife, Nancy, is the Office Manager at Davis Middle School. They have a son, Billy, who graduated with two degrees in accounting from Virginia Tech and is currently working for Price Waterhouse Cooper in Richmond, and a daughter, Rachel, who is a senior studying Political Science and Psychology at Virginia Tech.

Mrs. Rebecca Thompson - Associate Principal

Mrs. Rebecca Thompson is the 6th grade administrator.  She taught math for 12 years with 8 of those years being at Tomahawk Creek.  She attended James Madison University and fell in love with teaching when she would substitute during her summer breaks.  She then went on to get her Master's Degree in Administration at the University of Richmond.  She and her husband, Carl, have a son and a daughter; Tripp, who will be starting kindergarten this fall and Collins who is 2.  When she isn't being and administrator or a mom, she is either swimming, running or relaxing.

Dr. Ronald Atkinson - Assistant Principal


Dr. Atkinson earned his undergraduate (Government) and master's degrees (Educational Administration) at the College of William & Mary, and he earned his doctorate (Educational Leadership) at Virginia Commonwealth University. This marks Dr. Atkinson's twenty-ninth year in public education and his fourteenth year in Chesterfield County Public Schools. He previously served CCPS as an assistant principal at Carver MS, Robious MS, and Providence MS. He is extremely proud to be a part of the Timberwolf leadership team.

Charlee Pence - Dean of Students

Charlee Pence is a proud Hokie and received her undergraduate degrees in English and Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech. She then received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason and is currently in her last semester at the University of Richmond to receive her Certification in Administration. Charlee is so proud to be the 6th grade administrator this year for the Tomahawk Creek Timberwolves. When Charlee is not learning or leading, you can find her taking her two dogs Natty (9 years old) and Ace (4 months old) on many adventures!