Mrs. Ashley Garcia

  • Mrs. Ashley Garcia - Principal

    Mrs. Ashley Garcia 

    Dear Colfax Community,

    It is an honor to serve as Principal of Colfax Elementary School. I enjoy being part of such an extraordinary team and I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to providing a world-class education for ALL students.

    I am a Greensboro native and proud GCS graduate. I attended Oak Ridge Elementary, Northwest Middle, Northwest High, and Greensboro Middle College my senior year. I am first and foremost a wife and mother. My husband, Rollie, and I have been married 16 years and we have two children, Daniel, age 10, and Ella, age 6. 

    The 2023-2024 school year will mark my 17th year in education. My educational experience includes over ten years teaching exclusively in Title I schools, where I taught various grades, including Kindergarten, 3rd and 5th. I was an assistant principal for 4 years and I am looking forward to starting my 3rd year as a principal!

    As an administrator, I strive to visit classrooms and interact with our students and stakeholders daily. My bucket is filled when I see our scholars authentically engaged in their own learning and I believe learning should be fun and meaningful for ALL.  As a principal, I am passionate about coaching teachers, increasing their leadership capacity and supporting their professional goals.

    My approach is student-centered, collaborative, and data-driven with a focus on growth and equity. Every decision I make is with our students' best interest in mind. I firmly believe that ALL students can achieve at high levels when given equity of access and opportunity in a safe, fun and engaging learning environment. I promise to be gracefully bold in my mission to ensure this occurs at our school.

    Together we can help our Vikings reach their full potential! Please know that I am here to serve you and I welcome your feedback and input. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes throughout our journey together.


    Mrs. Ashley Garcia
    Colfax Elementary School

Ms. Ruthmarie B. Mitchell- Assistant Principal

  • Ms. Ruthmarie B. Mitchell- Assistant Principal


     Ms. Ruthmarie Mitchell

    Hello Viking Family!


    My name is Ruthmarie Mitchell and I am proud to be the assistant principal at Colfax Elementary School. I have 22 years of experience, all here in Guilford County.  I spent 14 years at Northeast Guilford High School. While there, I was a Spanish teacher, School Counselor, Graduation Coach, and Assistant Principal.  I later transferred to Smith High School for 2 years and then Jones Elementary and Spanish Emmersion for 5 years prior to coming to Colfax. Most recently, I was one of three Program Administrators for the GCS Twilight Program, in addition to my role as assistant principal.

    I am originally from New York, spent many years in Arizona, and have lived in Greensboro for 26 years. I have two amazing children, two awesome bonus sons, and 7 beautiful granddaughters ages  1,3, 4, 11, 14, 16, and 17.

    One of the key components to my educational philosophy is that I believe ALL children have the capacity to learn and grow every single year, regardless of their circumstances. The key is to develop, nurture, build relationships and create trust in each individual student and their caregivers. After that, the sky is the limit!

     I fully enjoy working with our staff, students, and the families that we serve.  Colfax feels like home!