Principal Dr. Kim Doucette, Principal

Dr. Kimberly Doucette began her career as an educator at Hugh Mercer in 1997.  Since then, she has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, mentor, adjunct professor, assistant principal and Education Director.  Before coming back to Hugh Mercer, Dr. Doucette served students K-5 in Hanover County schools and directing the education program within VCU Health System’s Virginia Treatment Center – as VDOE operated program. 

Dr. Doucette has a Masters of Education in Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a Doctorate of Education in Leadership.  Her doctoral research was on school-based mental health support of students and tiered systems of support (VTSS).   

Dr. Doucette loves the water – both the lake and the ocean.  She enjoys spending time visiting both with her husband, Craig, and her children Jackson (16) and Grace (14).  Dr. Doucette has three dogs:  Max, Spoink, and Winnie.  She enjoys reading in her free time.  Dr. Doucette enjoys reading and fall weather – complete with coffee and bonfires.    

Dr. Doucette loves Hugh Mercer.  She believes there are no students as amazing and no staff as caring and talented.  She looks forward to an excellent year. 

Kisha Frye, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kisha Frye, a graduate of James Monroe High School and a lifelong resident of the City of Fredericksburg. Mrs. Frye earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a Minor in Human Resources Management from Strayer University and her Master’s in Education with a concentration in Special Education from the University of Mary Washington. In 2002, Mrs. Frye entered her educational career as a reading paraprofessional at Hugh Mercer. When Lafayette Upper Elementary School opened in 2005, she transferred there and in 2008 began her teaching career. Mrs. Frye returned to Hugh Mercer in 2018 to work in a shared position, as a special education teacher and an administrative intern. Mrs. Frye became Assistant Principal in 2019.

Mrs. Frye and her husband, Charlie Frye Jr., are both James Monroe alumni and have raised their three children through the Fredericksburg City Schools.


Tony Wishard, Assistant Principal

Mr. Tony Wishard is an Assistant Principal at Hugh Mercer Elementary School where he previously taught Health and Physical Education for seven years.  He coached high school baseball at James Monroe for seven years as well. He is a Fredericksburg native and a graduate of Chancellor High School.  He attended Fairmont State University where he played college baseball and received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology.  He attended Old Dominion University where he received a Master's in Educational Leadership & Supervision.  He enjoys paddleboarding, working out, and being at the ballpark.