Sunday, July 24, 2016

 Welcome to Mary Walter Elementary School!

Mary Walter is a pre-kindergarten through grade five public school built in 1980. It is one of 11 elementary schools in Fauquier County.

Mary Walter Elementary School is a school with a strong sense of community. The staff and administrators take great pride in working as a team to provide a nurturing and effective learning environment for our students. Whether we are helping children master academic skills, cultivating positive social interaction, or guiding student behavior, we value the unique gifts every child brings to our school.

Mary Walter staff has high expectations for academic achievement and are committed to creating a learning environment that challenges your child to learn at a rigorous level. We are committed to meeting the academic and social needs of all children through the use of effective instructional strategies and technology. The valuable assistance we receive from parents, business partners, community members, and volunteers provides additional support for teachers and students.

We welcome your participation throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have.

Thank you for your support!

Mr. Alex O'Dell  

has been Mary Walter's principal since 2002. Mr. O'Dell taught elementary school in Culpeper and Stafford Counties and was assistant principal at Mary Walter before assuming the principalship. Mr. O'Dell is the father of five boys and worked as a bricklayer before entering the field of education. He has several hobbies including blacksmithing and can be reached at

Mrs. Linda Payne Smith has been the Assistant Principal since 2004.  She previously taught Gifted and Talented classes in Fauquier County.  Mrs. Smith has three children and is very involved in the Fauquier County community.

Picture MWES Principal Picture MWES Smith