Philosophy on Teaching
We believe that a broad and rigorous curriculum incorporating basic skills with higher order thinking prepares students to be productive citizens in the 21st century. Our amazing teaching staff incorporates real world experiences for students to connect their learning to life outside of school. Grade level teams regularly discuss student progress on formal and informal assessments to ensure that every student is challenged every day. Learning does not stop when the dismissal bell rings, rather it is extended through meaningful after-school enrichment and extension activities and homework that allows for practice and reinforcement of skills that students have learned. Woven throughout the academic program is a school community based on caring and mutual responsibility, promoting the development of self-discipline, kindness and intellectual curiosity.
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Dr. Melaney Mackin started her position as the principal of Carlin Springs Elementary on November 2, 2020. She brings with her 30 years of experience in education. She attended Cortland State University in NY where she earned a degree in elementary education and secondary social studies, After graduation, Dr. Mackin moved to Houston, Texas where she began her teaching career working at a diverse school in the inner city, teaching grade 5 and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). After several years working in the Houston Independent School District she moved with her family to Mississippi and once again taught in a diverse community in a suburb of Jackson, MS.
Upon moving to Northern Virginia she continued her career as an elementary teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Throughout her years as a teacher, Melaney Mackin has taught every grade 1 thru 5, and ESOL. While working in FCPS she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and a Doctor of Education, in Administration and Supervision, at the University of Virginia. She has successfully served as the principal at both Camelot Elementary and Silverbrook Elementary in FCPS. As a principal in FCPS she also served a term as the president of the Fairfax Association of Elementary School Principals (FAESP), and received the following awards: Outstanding Principal of the Year 2017 of the South County Pyramid, Top Rated Principal for 2015 by the Fairfax Federation of Teachers (FCFT) and was recently nominated for, Outstanding Elementary Administrator 2020, by the Special Education PTA (SEPTA) of FCPS. As both a teacher and an administrator Dr. Mackin has written and received several grants to support her schools in educational programs.
Melaney Mackin brings not only a wealth of experience in working with a diverse community of English language learners, but she also has enthusiasm for the principal position and a love of learning and working with students, teachers and parents. She is proud and excited to begin work in Arlington Public Schools at Carlin Springs Elementary.
Melinda Phillips, Assistant Principal
About Ms. Phillips
Melinda graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of School Administration in May 2015. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Melinda has worked as a teacher at multiple grade levels and is committed to working with a diverse population of students and families. She worked at dual language schools in North Carolina, Virginia, and the Dominican Republic. Melinda has specific expertise in reading and writing workshop. She has successfully guided the implementation of the Units of Study in Reading and Writing by Lucy Calkins. Melinda has credentials in Administration (K-12), Teaching (K-6), and ESOL (K-12) in both Virginia and North Carolina. As a school leader, Melinda believes in building positive relationships with students, families, and staff, and creating a culturally responsive, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. Melinda is earnest and smart and is committed to fostering a joy of learning in her school community.