Portrait of Jodi Seitz

Jodi Seitz, Principal

This is my twelfth year serving as the principal of the Reams School community. I began in the fall of 2012 after being the assistant principal of Harrowgate Elementary for seven years. Prior to joining Chesterfield in 2005, I lived in Chesapeake, VA where I served as an assistant principal and taught K, 1st, and 3rd grades over the course of 16 years. I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The College of William and Mary in 1989 and 1994 respectively.

I believe all children can succeed with strong instruction and parent and community support. I love seeing the smiles on our students’ faces and celebrating their successes with them. In my spare time, I enjoy being on the water, reading, and spending time with my family. But, you might catch me pulling weeds on our school grounds, teaching a class, chatting with students, or encouraging reading during our Bookmobile events.

Portrait of Joel Eberts

Joel Eberts, Associate Principal

I am thrilled to be a member of the Ram team in the role of Associate Principal. I have been an educator in Chesterfield County for the past 22 years. I taught at Falling Creek and Woolridge Elementary and have most recently served as assistant principal at Spring Run and Jacobs Road Elementary Schools.  I attended Wilkes University and earned Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. I received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.

I have twin thirteen-year-old boys with my amazing wife, Jen, who is also a Chesterfield teacher. We spend most of our time together outdoors camping, playing sports, and traveling. When I am not busy with my family I can be found coaching, golfing, hunting, or most likely, on the water fishing.

My passion for elementary education allows me to live by the motto “Work hard…Play hard.” I appreciate the opportunity to be part of this school culture. I bring a strong moral compass that is rooted in doing what is best for students. My goal is to support this community in getting the most out of each and every child.

Open and honest communication is a valuable part of public education, so let me know if I may ever be of assistance.

Portrait of Matthew Seidita

Matthew Seidita, Dean of Students

I am happy to be returning to Reams Elementary this year. I am excited to see all our students’ smiling faces and how much they have grown over the summer. For those who do not know me, Education has been my passion since I was a little boy, and this year marks my ninth year in education. I previously worked at the middle and high school levels in Henrico County and Petersburg City Public Schools. In 2020, I won Teacher of the Year and was a finalist at the county level.

I am a strong advocate for lifelong learning, which is reflected in my educational background. I graduated from VCU with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in math. I attended Mary Baldwin College for my teaching license. Through inspiration from my school leaders, I went back to school for a master’s in educational leadership at the University of Richmond, graduating in 2019. I am currently enrolled back at VCU in their doctorate program in educational leadership.

When I am not at school or doing homework, I enjoy training in martial arts. I hold rank in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a second-degree Black belt in Judo, and I coach VCU’s judo team. I love cooking for my friends and family and trying new restaurants around town. I watch a bunch of movies and tv shows; Star Wars is my all-time favorite. One Punch Man or Kakashi is my anime spirit character.

Our role as educators is to inspire students through our experiences, and to create lifelong learners; every success and failure is part of our journey of education. As B.B. King said, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” I am excited to meet our students, families and for the new school year and celebrate our journey of education this year!