Helena Payne Chauvenet, Principal
Ms. Payne Chauvenet joins Arlington Public Schools after 12 years of experience in school leadership, including five (5) years as an elementary principal in the DC Public Schools. As a principal, she has led her school community through the pandemic, rising student enrollment, and a school modernization. Ms. Payne Chauvenet’s school was a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School in 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Payne Chauvenet also served as an assistant principal for several years in both DC Public Schools and Alexandria City Public Schools. She worked for nine (9) years in Alexandria City as a middle school teacher and assistant principal. Ms. Payne Chauvenet holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and graduate degrees in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Virginia.
Autumn Workman, Assistant Principal
Ms. Workman has 18 years of experience in education, of which four (4) years have been with Arlington Public Schools. Ms. Workman began her career in Clinton, IL, as a high school special education teacher and then later as an elementary special education teacher. During her time in Illinois, she served as special education department chair and led school-based teams for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), building leadership, and district leadership. Also, Ms. Workman served as head of the teacher’s union from 2015-2019. She was honored by the Clinton Community School district as teacher of the year in 2013. Ms. Workman began serving Arlington students in 2019 as a preschool special education teacher at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary, where she served as lead special education teacher. She served on both Drew’s Equity team and instructional leadership team and was recognized with the No Place for Hate Educational Leader award. In the past year, Ms. Workman contributed to preschool curriculum development and furthered her relationships with students and families as a community based special education resource teacher, serving students with homebound placements and in preschools throughout Arlington. Ms. Workman holds a Bachelor of Arts in special education, Master of Arts in special education both from Illinois State University, and certification in Administration and Supervision from George Mason University. Ms. Workman feels her passion for inclusion, deep understanding of special education, and focus on teacher support and collaboration are her biggest strengths as a leader.