Our Principals


Emily S. Reynolds, Principal
Chris Knick, Assistant Principal

Meet Mrs. Reynolds:

Emily Reynolds, a native of Dry Fork, and an honor graduate of Chatham High School, graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in English and Marketing in 2001. Mrs. Reynolds began her career as a journalist working as both a reporter and copy editor for the Danville Register & Bee. She began her teaching career at Tunstall High School as an English and journalism teacher. In 2006, Mrs. Reynolds earned a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College.

Mrs. Reynolds began her administrative career in 2006 as assistant principal of Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School in Henry County. She returned to Pittsylvania County in 2008 as assistant principal and athletic director of Dan River High School. In 2010, Mrs. Reynolds was named principal of Dan River Middle School. During her tenure at Dan River Middle School, Mrs. Reynolds has concentrated on a variety of initiatives, including those relating to academic, behavioral, social, and emotional supports for students. She has been instrumental in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support at Dan River Middle School.

Mrs. Reynolds and her husband, Brandon, live in Callands with their two children, Logan and Lainey Brooke. She loves spending as much time as possible at Smith Mountain Lake where she enjoys water sports and boating. She loves to read and wants to travel as much as possible. She is a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church. Mrs. Reynolds is also a member of the Junior Wednesday Club where she is a past president, and has served on the Board of Governors since 2012.

Mrs. Reynolds is passionate about middle school education. She believes strongly that the middle grades are the most critical to a child’s success, both academically and behaviorally. It is her mission that each and every child that walks through the doors of Dan River Middle School feel valued, challenged, and loved each and every day.

Meet Mr. Knick:

Christopher Knick, a native of Callands, VA, was an honor graduate of Chatham High School in 1995 and a cum laude graduate from Averett College in 1999 with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science while also playing four years for the Averett College Cougar baseball team. Mr. Knick began his teaching career in 1999 teaching mathematics for Danville Public Schools while also coaching baseball and football at George Washington High School.

In 2003, Mr. Knick earned a Master of Education Degree with a concentration in mathematics from Averett University. He began teaching dual enrollment Precalculus and Statistics at the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science in the fall of 2003. Mr. Knick returned to teach Advanced Precalculus and the first AP Statistics course at George Washington High School in the fall of 2012. In 2014, Mr. Knick earned an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Mr. Knick served as Mathematics Department Chair at GW from 2013-2016. He used data driven decisions, common assessments and worked with a dedicated math team to keep GWHS accredited in mathematics.

Mr. Knick began his administrative career in 2016 as assistant principal of Dan River Middle School. He has worked closely with Ms. Reynolds to ensure Dan River Middle School is a safe, clean, nurturing, and challenging environment for all students.

Mr. Knick lives in Danville, VA with his two children, Samaria and Christopher. He is an active member of The River Church. He enjoys being outdoors gardening, working on his parent’s farm, and going to baseball and football games at any level. He has helped coach in the Dan River youth baseball league for the past two years.