Elementary School
200 E. McDowell Street
Matthews, NC 28105
Courier #: 447
P: 980-343-3940  |  F: 980-343-3944 
Principal: Penelope Crisp
LC: Southeast
Bell Schedule: 7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Grades: K-5
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Dear Matthews Elementary School families,

Founded in 1906, Matthews Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Our school has a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is the result of strong connection between the school staff, families and community. Located in downtown Matthews, we partner with numerous businesses and organizations to serve the more than 1,000 students on our campus.  Our vision includes a focus on learning that is rigorous, relevant, collaborative, differentiated, positive and promotes character to prepare our students for the 21st century. Our mission is to work interdependently to live learning and we emphasize willing what we want for our school, students and ourselves.

The primary areas of focus of the Matthews Elementary family include building the staff, uniting the community and growing our students. We strive for continuous improvement with a strong core of both academic and social-emotional learning as well as tiered systems of support for intervening and enriching learning.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I have been an educator in the public school arena for 16 years, five of them as the principal at Matthews Elementary. Before joining Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, I worked in Union County Public Schools.  I served as the principal at Weddington Elementary, as assistant principal at Waxhaw Elementary and as assistant principal, reading specialist, and teacher at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts.

My education began in nearby Cabarrus County, where I was born and raised.  I later received undergraduate degrees in elementary education and reading education from Wingate University.  I have also completed my master's degree in educational leadership at Winthrop University. Together my wonderful husband, Matthew, and I are raising our two most precious blessings, our sons.  Both of our boys are enrolled at Matthews Elementary. Jaxson is a fifth-grader and Malachi is a second-grader. I have taught a wide array of students from kindergarten through fifth grade and enjoyed my time in the class as interventionist and instructor.  I can often be found in classrooms and feel that it is important for me to be an instructional leader first.

As a teacher and an administrator, I have always felt strongly that, given the time and opportunity, all students can succeed.  Because of this deep-seated belief, I will work to make sure that the needs of all students are met. I believe that student achievement is built through rigor, relationships and relevance and will work to ensure that these characteristics are present daily in my leadership as well as classroom instruction.

I look forward to working with you and your student. Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Matthews Elementary.

Jessica Blanchard, principal


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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