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Dr. Jeffery Smith is a Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Union University, where he earned a B.A. degree in English Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a Master of Education degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Dr. Smith is also a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

As an educator for more than 25 years, Dr. Smith has worked as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and as an assistant superintendent in the areas of academic and instructional services, and as a superintendent. His combined experiences have afforded him the opportunity to work as an instructional leader at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and at the central administration level in rural, suburban and urban educational settings ranging from student enrollments of 800 to 32,000 students.

Dr. Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Hampton City Schools on July 15, 2015. During his previous seven years as the superintendent with the Town of West Point Public Schools in Virginia, the school division was recognized at the state and national levels for the students' stellar academic achievement. The West Point Public Schools was named the Highly Distinguished Title I School Division for high academic achievement for three consecutive years. It was the only division in the commonwealth to earn this recognition in 2013, and one of only two school divisions in January 2014 and January 2015. Under Dr. Smith's leadership as superintendent with West Point Public Schools, the West Point High School earned the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award.

Also, during Dr. Smith's leadership, the school division strengthened its dual enrollment program with the local community college, which increased students' dual enrollment from 72 to 151 college credits with nine percent of the Class of 2014 earning an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences, 71 percent of the students earned an Advanced Studies Diploma, 97 percent of the Class of 2014 was on-time graduates and 10 percent of the Class of 2015 earned an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences.

Under Dr. Smith's leadership as superintendent with the Hampton City Schools, the school division has strengthened its dual enrollment program with Thomas Nelson Community College, to date yielding a 430 percent increase in the number of dual enrollment credits taken by HCS students, the dropout rate has decreased from 5.1 percent to 2.8 percent, the Hampton City community has earned the distinction of being the first Ford Next Generation Learning Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of 23 in the nation and the number of schools fully accredited is at its highest level in five years. 

Additionally, Dr. Smith has served as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His professional presentations at state conferences and panel discussions include topics ranging from Effective Change/Creating 21st Century Schools, Closing the Achievement Gap to Designing and Implementing Effective Instructional Programs. Dr. Smith is the co-author of a book entitled A Principal’s Guide to Literacy Instruction that was published by Guilford Publishing.

Dr. Smith has received numerous recognitions and has been featured at the state and national levels for his student achievement, community leadership and for his work as an educator. He was in a special edition of Ebony (1988) entitled Save the Children!  Dr. Smith was featured as one of “Ten Achievers.” He has also been featured in Educational Pathways (2007) for his achievement as an educator in a featured story entitled “The Journey Continues.” 

Dr. Smith's civic engagement is one of continued leadership. He strongly believes the school division has a greater impact when there are strong community partnerships. To this end, he is a member of the following boards: Sentara Healthcare, Smart Beginnings, Virginia Air and Space Center, a member of the Region V Go Virginia Council and president-elect of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. 

For the past 12 years, Dr. Smith has served on the Board of Trustees for the Williamsburg Health Foundation with an endowment that exceeded $115 million. He served two-year terms both as vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Trustees respectively. He has also served as president of the Rotary Club of West Point, Chairman of the School-University Network (SURN) of William and Mary College.

Dr. Smith was selected by his colleagues in the Region III Superintendent Study Group as the 2013 Superintendent of the Year for its region.

Dr. Smith is married to the former Lorianne Samuel of Caroline County, a public school educator. They have two children, a daughter who is a graduate of Christopher Newport University (CNU), who is currently a graduate student at the Eastern Virginia Medical College and a son who is a sophomore at Bridgewater College.  





Dr. John Caggiano began his position as deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Hampton City Schools on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Caggiano has more than 20 years of educational experience and previously served as the executive director of school leadership for HCS for four years. In this role, he supervised 11 schools, as well as the Division’s Title I program.  He also managed the Division’s Title II grant and is the Project Team Lead for the HCS/Old Dominion University administrative cohort.

Dr. Caggiano began his teaching career at Burbank Elementary School, where he taught 4th and 5th grades. He served as an assistant principal at Syms Middle School before becoming principal of Asbury Elementary. In addition, he served as the principal of Syms Middle School for three years before serving as the principal of Westside Elementary School in Isle of Wight County Schools for four years.

Dr. Caggiano is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and served in a similar role at The College of William & Mary.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University, and early childhood certification from Norfolk State University. He earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Doctorate of Educational Administration from The College of William & Mary.

He has presented on a variety of educational topics across Virginia, and was named the HCS Teacher of the Year in 1998. Caggiano also recently co-authored a book on formative assessment leadership.   






Dr. Daniel Bowling began his position as the chief operations officer for Hampton City Schools on Aug 1, 2018.

Dr. Bowling previously served over nine years as the principal of Jones Magnet Middle School.

Prior to serving Hampton City Schools, Dr. Bowling held the position of principal for five years and assistant principal for six years, all in Warsaw, Virginia. He started in Warsaw as the director of food services and held that position for six years.  As the director of food services, he monitored the district’s cafeterias and cafeteria staff, helped design and facilitate in-service staff programs, evaluated facilities for upgrades, conducted the food bid process, and awarded contracts.

He began his career in education as a secondary science teacher at Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. There he taught Earth Science and biology for seven years working with gifted, remedial, special needs, and at-risk students.  In addition to his career in education, he has served on the front-line in maintenance, construction, and roofing.

Dr. Bowling is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in science education. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in curriculum and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctor of education in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Having over 27 years of experience in education, he exhibits a clear understanding of the field. He was an award recipient of the 2016 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) RISE and is a part of three professional affiliations – National Association of Secondary School Principals, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

As the HCS chief operations officer, Dr. Bowling oversees school operations and support functions in alignment with the division’s strategic goals and objectives.  He ensures the provision of quality products and services throughout the lifecycle of assigned projects, as well as closely monitors expenditure requests as they relate to the Capital Improvement Plan.  Dr. Bowling works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to keep current on the latest operational trends and research as it relates to education and refining the division’s crisis management plan.

Dr. Bowling provides supervision to Maintenance and Capital Outlay, Energy Management, as well as Transportation and Security. He serves as the liaison between the custodial services provider and the Hampton City Schools administration.






Ms. Brittany Dortch began her position as the chief financial officer for Hampton City Schools on August 28, 2018.

Prior to HCS she was the chief financial officer for Portsmouth Public Schools, Ms. Dortch was responsible for overseeing the budget, finance, and purchasing departments.  She developed and implemented all fiscal policies and procedures to include, but not limited to, operational budget, accounting, payroll, internal controls, employee benefits, workmen’s compensation, and insurance programs.  During her tenure with Portsmouth Public Schools, she also was the director of accounting where she implemented new Workmen’s Compensation procedures and formal travel procedures as well as improved payroll processing to decrease overtime.

Prior to her position with the Portsmouth Public Schools, Ms. Dortch held the position of an external auditor for six years with KPMG, LLP where she represented clients such as Continental Automotive Systems Inc., the U.S. Coast Guard, Plasser American Corporation, DaiEi Paper USA Corp., Norfolk Public Schools, and Operation Smile. In her role she performed internal control testwork over cash receipts, cash disbursements, payroll and entity level controls.  She executed substantive audit procedures over significant accounts such as revenue, debt, liabilities, income statement expenses, and taxes, as well as performed audits of employee benefits plans.

Ms. Dortch has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University and a master’s in accountancy from Old Dominion University.  She is a certified public accountant with the Commonwealth of Virginia and has professional affiliations with the Association of School Business Officials, Government Finance Officers Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as been a national instructor with KPMG, LLP.

Having experience in finance from the public sector and at the public school level, she exhibits a clear understanding of financial operations.  Her career encompasses vast experiences as an exemplary accounting professional.

Ms. Dortch oversees budget development, control and long-range financial planning, as well as all related accounting and payroll functions.  She will identifies and investigates potential funding sources to accommodate the needs of the school system within the constraints of the operating and capital budgets. 

Ms. Dortch also works collaboratively with Hampton City officials to assure cooperation between their financial organizations and the school system’s financial components, as well as serve on City committees as the school division representative. 

As the HCS chief financial officer, Dortch will provides supervision to the Department of Business and Finance, including the operations of accounting, budget, and payroll, as well as the Department of Food and Nutrition Services.






Dr. Raymond Haynes was promoted to executive director of school leadership in May, 2014. With more than 20 years of educational experience, Dr. Haynes previously served as the principal of Kecoughtan High School. He also served as the assistant principal of Aberdeen Elementary prior to serving as principal of Booker Elementary, Tucker-Capps Elementary and Eaton Middle School. He was the inaugural principal for Phenix Pre-K-8 School.


Dr. Haynes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and education from Christopher Newport University, a master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University and received his endorsement in education administration from the University of Virginia. He earned an Education Specialist degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Old Dominion University (ODU), which also recognized him as the most outstanding doctoral student. He serves as an adjunct professor at ODU.

Dr. Haynes enjoys spending time with his daughter, who attends school in our Division.






Dr. Anita Owens has more than 27 years of educational experience, all in Hampton City Schools. She has served as the principal of Phenix Pre-K-8 School since 2011. She previously served as the principal at Phillips Elementary School, and assistant principal at Merrimack Elementary School. She taught 15 years at Robert E. Lee Elementary School.

Dr. Owens has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Virginia State University, and a master’s degree in education and educational administration endorsement from Old Dominion University. She is currently working on her doctorate of education in educational leadership from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was recognized as the HCS Teacher of the Year in 2001.

In her free time, she enjoys her family and friends, shopping and music.






Dr. Donna Woods is an Executive Director of School Leadership with Hampton City Schools. Prior to her current position, she served as a teacher, counselor, vocational evaluator, teacher specialist, assistant principal, and high school principal in Hampton City Schools. Dr. Woods has written career and technical curriculum and consulted on curriculum concepts at state and national conferences. Dr. Woods completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech with research interests in adolescent literacy, leadership, and school reform. She holds an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University, M.A. in  Counseling from Ohio State University, and a B.S. in Special Education from VCU.






Mrs. Trena Hatcher began her position as the executive director of student support on August 1, 2018.

Having over 32 years of experience in education, Mrs. Hatcher’s career encompasses vast experiences as an exemplary educator and leader. Prior to this position Hatcher was a Title I school improvement specialist with Hampton City Schools, advising and providing feedback to administrators and staff on progress towards school improvement goals. She models leadership behavior and guides change, analyzes current performance, and supports administrators with intervention design and staff development planning.  Hatcher assists in the development of professional learning related to integrating practices to enhance school culture and climate, as well as academic achievement.

Prior to joining Hampton City Schools, Mrs. Hatcher held the position of principal for 10 years and assistant principal for one year, all in West Point, Virginia. There she assisted in developing a multi-tiered instructional framework for the school and division.  She initiated the development and implementation of Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention Teams (PBIS). Hatcher initiated, monitored and supported school wide implementation of Daily 5 framework, Writers’ Workshop, early literacy groups, and flexible math groupings.  She developed and implemented individual behavioral intervention plans and co-chaired the school problem solving team. She has facilitated professional development on student support systems for the Virginia Department of Education.

Prior to becoming a school administrator, she was a special education teacher in West Point, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and Suffolk Public Schools. During that time she coordinated special education eligibility meetings, served on a district wide curriculum consulting team, and coordinated reading support for all summer school classrooms, K-5.

Mrs. Hatcher has a bachelor’s in education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Old Dominion University.  She holds postgraduate professional certificates in administration and supervision, PreK-12; elementary education, PreK-6; and emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, K-12.

The culture and climate of schools will be a focus for Hatcher as the division creates a cohesive system of tiered supports for behavior, attendance, social-emotional learning and mental health.  She will maintain effective relationships with other school districts, educational and community agencies, creating new opportunities, multi-agency partnerships and support systems to fulfill the mission of academic excellence for Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it Takes.

As the HCS executive director of student support, Mrs. Hatcher oversees student development and counseling, climate and culture, psychological services, and social work, as well as health services, alternative learning, and student services.






Ann Bane is director of community and legislative relations for Hampton City Schools. She has served in that capacity since 2004. Mrs. Bane is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and is a graduate of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.  Prior to moving to Hampton in 1986, she worked in political campaign management and as a lobbyist for the Virginia Farm Bureau in Richmond, Virginia. 

Ms. Bane proudly proclaims, “I was not born in Hampton, but I got here as fast as I could!” She has enjoyed the following community and non-profit service:

·               Military Affairs Committee, City of Hampton

·               Langley Civic Leaders Association

·               Neighborhood Commission, City of Hampton 

·               Town & Gown Committee, City of Hampton 

·               Sister Cities of Hampton

·               School Investment Panel, City of Hampton

·               Hampton Baptist Church, Board of Deacons

·               Alumni Board of Directors, Emory & Henry College

·               First Lady’s Advisory Group, Commonwealth of Virginia

·               Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission  

·               Charter Review Commission, City of Hampton

·               Y. H. Thomas Community Center Board

·               Little England Chapel Foundation Board

·               Livability Commission, City of Hampton

·               Hampton Frolics, Board of Directors 


She and her husband, John W. Bane, have three adult children – Greg, Will and Amelia.





Kellie Goral was named the executive director of public relations and marketing in December 2017, and began in the position on January 2, 2018.  She serves as the division’s official spokesperson and oversees the division’s cable television station WHCS Channel 46, the graphics department, printing & records, and athletics, as well as facilitates all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. 

Mrs. Goral worked in Chesapeake Public Schools for 18 years as a classroom teacher at Western Branch Middle School, an assistant principal at Indian River Middle School, staff development administrator and public information officer.  In Mrs. Goral’s position as public information officer, she was responsible for the day-to-day affairs associated with facilitating and addressing inquiries of the school division and working with the administrative staff of 45 schools (28 elementary, 10 middle, and seven high) and two educational learning sites with matters pertaining to public relations.  Additionally, Mrs. Goral served as liaison between the school division and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, military, and the citywide Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Mrs. Goral earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood College and her Masters of Science in Education from Old Dominion University.

She is married to David who is an educator with the Chesapeake Public Schools and together they are the proud parents of two children, D.J. and Zoe.






Robbin Ruth has more than 25 years of experience in human resources. A graduate of Kecoughtan High School, Ms. Ruth attended James Madison University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication. She also holds a master’s degree in human resource development and adult education from The George Washington University.

Ms. Ruth has human resource experience in a variety of fields, including the hotel and restaurant industry, manufacturing, distribution, and at a call center.  She has worked in human resources for Hampton City Schools since 2001.






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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.