Mr. Eichenberg, Principal
Mr. Thomas Eichenberg, Principal

It is a pleasure to be the principal at Parkside Elementary School. This is my thirteenth year serving the students and families of Parkside Elementary School.  I was fortunate to be the administrator who opened this building in 2001 for its first year of operation. 

     I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio.  I graduated from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree and began teaching in Northern Indiana.  My Masters degree and Administrative Licensure was obtained from Indiana University.  I have worked at schools in Indiana and Virginia at all levels: elementary, middle, and high. 

     While working for the Spotsylvania County Schools, I have been the principal at Salem Elementary School and at Parkside Elementary School.  My wife Janet, is an English teacher at Post Oak Middle School within our school division.  I have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.  Alyssa and Andrew live in Spotsylvania, and my younger daughter Megan, lives in Arlington, Virginia. 

     I enjoy hockey and am a big Washington Capitals fan.  Spending time with my family, reading, and gardening are also pastimes. 

     I look forward to getting to work with your family.  Please contact me if you have suggestions, questions, or comments regarding Parkside Elementary School.  Have a great year! 


Mrs. Gardner, Assistant Principal
Jennifer L. Gardner, Assistant Principal 

I feel so blessed to be the assistant principal at Parkside Elementary School. This is my thirteenth year at Parkside Elementary School and my 23rd year as an educator for Spotsylvania County Schools.

I lived in many states as a young person because my father was in the military but finally landed home in Spotsylvania County where I am proudly a graduate from Spotsylvania High School. I attended Radford University for my undergraduate work in education and Virginia Commonwealth University for my Master Degree in Administration and Supervision. I began my career as a fifth grade teacher at Smith Station Elementary School and then worked as Assistant Principal at Wilderness Elementary and now Parkside Elementary.

It is truly an honor to be an educator in the community that I grew up in and now live with my family. My husband Duke is a native of Spotsylvania, as well as my high school sweetheart.  He is an amazing teacher of Marketing at Riverbend High School. We have two beautiful daughters, who are twins, Hanna and Hallie who are in college, studying hard!

I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family and being a crazy soccer mom! Parkside is my family and I honestly love coming to school every day to work with our students, staff and families. I look forward to an awesome school year of learning and fun!

Office Staff
Tom Eichenberg, Principal
Jennifer Gardner, Assistant Principal 
Mable Stanton, Secretary    
Emily Skebeck, Bookkeeper
Teri Caldwell, Office Assistant
Erica Holt, Counselor