Tony Ballard was born and raised in Upstate New York. He moved to Virginia in the fall of 2010 after being offered an elementary teaching position. Tony quickly realized how much he loved the Shenandoah Valley region and decided that he would make it his new home. He taught for five years in public education before taking the opportunity to teach at R-MA’s Middle School. While teaching, Tony received his certificate in Administration and Supervision from Shenandoah University. In 2017, he accepted the position of R-MA’s Middle School Principal. He resides in Strasburg, VA with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Lincoln.

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