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Pam McClelland recently ended her tenure as principal of Wakefield Forest Elementary and began as principal at Ravensworth Elementary. A long-time area resident, she is this week's People Profile.

Years in the community: I was born and raised in Fairfax County. With the exception of six years, I have always lived here.

Family: My husband, Jeff McClelland, and I have four grown children: Jennifer Fallert, a teacher in Fairfax County; Eric Readyhough, a teacher in St. Mary's County, Md.; Dave Readyhough, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M.; and Ted Readyhough, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz. They have provided us with eight grandchildren.

Education: I went to high school at McLean High School, received my bachelor of arts degree from the College of William and Mary, and received my master's degree from George Mason University.

Achievements: This is the fifth school where I have been a principal. While working in the Department of Human Resources, I earned my certification as a senior professional in human resources.

Activities/interests/hobbies: Fishing, gardening and pets — I have two Golden Retrievers, two cats and a parrot.

Favorite local restaurant: Mike's American Grill.

Community concerns: Traffic, the increasing incidence of crime (especially gang-related), and the increasing cost of living. We should continue to fund a school budget that ensures a high quality of education for an increasingly diverse student population.

Community hidden treasure: Our Fairfax County parks are real gems.

Personal goals: To be the best principal I can be at Ravensworth Elementary. It is a wonderful school and I am really looking forward to the coming years.