•  Dr. Greg Forrest

    Welcome to our school! Opstad Elementary is an incredible school community that is caring about learning and learning about caring.


    Before coming to Opstad as principal in 2019, I was an assistant principal in Bellevue, WA and Rustburg, VA for 5 years. Prior to that I taught literacy, math, science, and social studies in 5th, 6th, and 8th grade in central Virginia. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Liberty University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Southeastern University, and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.


    My wife, Serena, is also an educator who happens to be doing some of her most important teaching to our young daughter and son at home. Knowing that I am entrusted to cultivate the type of learning environment at Opstad where I would be proud to send them is an honor and privilege.


    Family partnerships are critical to a child’s education. It is my firm belief that the adults in the home are a child’s first and most important teacher. It is my hope and goal to partner with families in collaboration with staff to make each year at Opstad full of engaging, rigorous, and authentic learning.


    I look forward to getting to know each student, staff member, and family in the Opstad community to support each student’s learning.


    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.



    Greg Forrest