Principal Dr. Kim Doucette, Principal

Photo of Dr. Doucette from HMES.

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 directed the education program within VCU Health System’s Virginia Treatment Center – a 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 and Grace.  Dr. Doucette has three dogs:  Max, Spoink, and Winnie. 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.

Keesha Keels, Assistant Principal

HMES assistant principal Mrs. Keels.


My name is Keesha M. Keels and I am one of the Assistant Principals at Hugh Mercer. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Claflin College in Orangeburg, South Carolina and my Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kansas. I also earned my Post Masters in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to becoming an administrator, I was a classroom teacher for 18 years with 15 of those years in Fredericksburg City Public Schools. In my spare time, I love to travel, bake and spend time with my two children.

I believe that children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each scholar can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is my goal to help encourage scholars to look beyond the walls of Hugh Mercer and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery. I consider it a privilege to be a part of the Hugh Mercer Family.

Tony Wishard, Assistant Principal

HMES assistant principal Mr. Wishard.

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.