Dorothy Clifford

  • Welcome 

    I am very excited and honored to work with you and your child this year.  I firmly believe that this is a team effort between you, your child’s teachers, paraprofessionals, administration and myself. I strive to be the liaison, the person who helps tie it all together to help your child be successful and maximize their potential.

    If you need to contact me for any reason, I can generally be reached here at Surry Elementary between 1:20 and 2:10 as well as between 3:00 and 3:30.  If you need to speak to me at another time, you can leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. The number here at school is 757-267-2558.  You may also email me at and I will try to respond by the end of the day.

    I am very much looking forward to the upcoming school year!  I believe that every child is capable of success! I encourage you to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas that may improve our success, after all you are a valued member of our team!!  

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About Me

  • This is my seventh year as a Special Education teacher at Surry Elementary School.  I have a BA in Social Science/Education from Ashford University and a Masters in Special Education from Regent University.  On a personal note, I have been married to my husband Paul for over 25 years, our son and daughter are both attending college. Paul and I live with our two golden retrievers (Tucker and Jules) and Dash the cat.  In my free time, I belong to a sailing club and enjoy crewing on sailboats. I also truly love to read, it is a passion that I very much hope to pass along to our students. It is possible for them to truly enjoy reading, we just need to find them the right fit!