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I am excited to serve as Principal of Malibu Elementary!

I have spent the last 12 years of my educational journey working in elementary schools in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach. As an educator, I believe in life-long learning and the power of “yet” as we move forward in pursuing innovative practices.  Investing in our children is the best investment we can make; they hold the keys to the future.  In the school environment, every child deserves to be loved, challenged, and have the opportunity to make a difference in the classroom and beyond.  All students deserve to come to a school where they feel emotionally and psychologically safe.  Not only should they learn to read, write, and compute; but also, innovate, iterate, collaborate, and communicate.

I look forward to connecting with our Malibu families.  Let's work together to ensure a stellar year for our Surfers!




I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Malibu community as assistant principal.


Over the last 15 years I have served in many different roles in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to helping all students develop a love for learning and acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be future ready in our global society. It has always been my goal to help students, teachers, and parents create a foundation for learning while fostering the development of social and academic growth in each and every person. It is my hope to work alongside the entire Malibu community to help each and every student learn, grow, develop empathy, and become the best they can for good of our community.


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela


Yours in education,

Mr. Niehoff Assistant Principal