Pleasant Valley Elementary School

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Thank you for visiting our page, my name is Pam Dowrey and I am looking forward to serving as your child's principal at PVES. I'm excited to work alongside all of you and your children as we begin the 2021-2022 school year.

I began my administrative career in RCPS in 2005 when I became assistant principal of John Wayland Elementary School and worked there for seven years. I then became assistant principal at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School for one year before getting my own school, McGaheysville Elementary School where I spent eight years. Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught Grades 6-8 at Montevideo Middle School and J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. I live in Broadway with my husband, George. George and I have two children and three grandchildren (and one on the way). We enjoy spending time as a family and we are super busy building our forever home. We can't wait to get moved - hopefully by Thanksgiving!

I am really excited about serving the PVES community and I look forward to meeting all of you and your children in the coming months. I met the wonderful PVES staff several weeks ago and will be spending time with them periodically over the summer. I will be working in the office from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm each day, please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. My email address is


Pam Dowrey

PVES Vision, Mission & Promises

Our Vision:


Our Mission:

At Pleasant Valley we work to understand our students and families in order to promote the success of each and every child we serve. We strive to build student curiosity and confidence, create interest, and instill foundational knowledge and 21st Century Skills. We seek to prepare our students to grow, work and lead in our diverse and ever-changing world.

Our Promises:

1. WE PROMISE a fresh start every day!

2. WE PROMISE to believe in our students more than they believe in themselves!

3. WE PROMISE to set high standards for learning and behavior!

4. WE PROMISE to give students a voice!

5. WE PROMISE to hold you accountable for good character!

6. WE PROMISE to be intentional in our approach to instruction and intervention!

7. WE PROMISE to partner with you!

8. WE PROMISE to meet you where you are as learners!

Location & Directions

215 Pleasant Valley Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Google Map

Take I-81 to exit 243. Stay right toward Lee Highway/Route 11 North, then continue straight ahead. Turn right onto Pleasant Valley Road at the stop light. The school is just ahead on the right after crossing the bridge.
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