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OUR LEADERSHIP

DR. JEFFERY SMITH
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

DR. JEFFERY SMITH
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT



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, Dr. Smith has worked as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and as an assistant superintendent in the areas of academic and instructional services. His combined experiences have afforded him the opportunity to work as an instructional leader at the elementary, middle, 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. Jeffery Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Hampton City Schools on July 15, 2015. He spent the past seven years as the superintendent with the Town of West Point Public Schools in Virginia; a school division that continues to be recognized at the state and national levels for the students’ stellar academic achievement. The West Point Public Schools has been named the Highly Distinguished Title I School Division for High 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 has increased students’ dual enrollment opportunities from seventy-two to one hundred and a fifty-one college credits. Nine percent of the graduating Class of 2014 earned an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences, Seventy-one percent of the students earned an Advanced Studies Diploma, Ninety-seven percent of the Class of 2014 was on-time graduates and ten percent of the Class of 2015 earned an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences. 

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 believes the school division has a greater impact when there are strong community partnerships. To this end, for the past ten years, Dr. Smith has served on the Board of Trustees for the Williamsburg Health Foundation and served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for two years. Currently, he is chairman of the Board of Trustees which oversees an endowment of $119 million; he is president-elect of the Rotary Club of West Point and chairman of the School-University Network (SURN) which partners with twenty-eight school divisions and superintendents in providing high quality professional development in support of teaching and learning.    
            
Dr. Smith was selected by his colleagues in the Region Three 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 student at Christopher Newport University (CNU) majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry and a son who is a National Honor Society senior at West Point High School.

 

 

 

DR. JOHN CAGGIANO
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT



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.   

SUZANNA SCOTT
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT FOR OPERATIONS & SUPPORT

 

 

 

SUZANNA SCOTT
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT FOR OPERATIONS & SUPPORT



Suzy Scott has more than 25 years of experience in state and local governmental accounting, auditing, budgeting, payroll, purchasing and human resources. She has served as the deputy superintendent for operations and support since spring, 2014. She previously served eight years as the director of business and finance for Hampton City Schools. She also served as the budget and purchasing manager for Thomas Nelson Community College, and the budget manager for Tidewater Community College.

Ms. Scott earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky, and a master's of business administration from Averett University.

Ms. Scott and her husband have three adult children. In her spare time, Ms. Scott enjoys reading, gardening and boating.

DR. RAYMOND HAYNES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

DR. RAYMOND HAYNES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP



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
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

DR. ANITA OWENS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP



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
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

DR. DONNA WOODS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP



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.


ANNE BANE
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY & LEGISLATIVE RELATIONS

 

 

 

ANN BANE
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY & LEGISLATIVE RELATIONS



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.

DR. CYNTHIA COOPER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, PLANNING & EVALUATION

 

 

 

DR. CYNTHIA COOPER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, PLANNING & EVALUATION



Dr. Cynthia Cooper has worked in the public sector since 1980. She currently serves Hampton City Schools as the executive director of research, planning and evaluation. She has been a teacher, school administrator, department director and an executive director. She holds an Associates Degree in Police Science from Piedmont Virginia Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from William & Mary, and a Doctorate in Urban Policy and Planning from Old Dominion University.

Her current duties include program planning and evaluation, survey design and deployment, all division-wide testing, data disaggregation, analysis and reporting.  In addition, she provides supervision and collaborative leadership for multiple programs and departments including Alternative Learning, Student Services, School Counseling and Information Technology.  In her words, the job is “Linking practices to results-- figuring out what works, so we can do more of it.”

DIANA GULOTTA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING

 

 

 

DIANA GULOTTA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING



As executive director of public relations and marketing, Diana Gulotta coordinates the promotion of the Division’s schools, staff and students through a variety of avenues, including the website, social media, HCS Email Extra, Cox Channel 46 and Verizon Channel 20, as well as the local media. She also serves as the Freedom of Information Act officer for the Division, and oversees and supports the Division’s television station, graphics department, printing and records management and athletics. Additionally, the public relations and marketing department assists the local news media and coordinates School Board recognition ceremonies, and plans and organizes the Citizen of the Month luncheons.

Ms. Gulotta has more than 23 years of experience in school public relations, beginning her career with the McKinney Independent School District in McKinney, Texas. She served as assistant superintendent for communications for the Hazelwood School District, located outside of St. Louis, Missouri, for eight years. She became the executive director of public relations and marketing for HCS in September 2013.

She has a bachelor’s degree in radio/television from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a master’s degree in communications management from Webster University. She is a member of the National School Public Relations Association, and the Chesapeake Chapter of NSPRA. She is also a board member and Paul Harris Fellow in the Virginia Peninsula Rotary Club.

ROBBIN RUTH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

 

 

 

ROBBIN RUTH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES



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.

She and her husband have three children. Two have graduated from Kecoughtan High School and one currently attends KHS.  In her spare time, Ms. Ruth enjoys cooking, long walks (so she can eat what she cooks) and spending time with her family.

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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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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. 

HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS
WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE

PURPOSE

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, vcarper@hampton.k12.va.us

 DEFINITION

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.

HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY

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, vcarper@hampton.k12.va.us., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, dgulotta@hampton.k12.va.us and/or the Director of Graphics, mhouser@hampton.k12.va.us.

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.

SELF-MONITORING

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.

DISCLAIMER

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.