Faces in New Places – Getting to know our administrators
ANDREWS PRE-K-8 SCHOOL
Mindy Long, who has served as the literacy support specialist at Andrews Pre-K-8 School since 2014, has been named interim assistant administrator at Andrews. Ms. Long has more than 14 years of experience in education. She previously served as a reading interventionist and elementary school teacher. She is a member of the HCS educational leadership cohort.
ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Andrea Riddick will serve as the part-time assistant principal at Armstrong Elementary School. She retired from HCS after serving 14 years as a building principal for HCS. Last school year, she served as interim building principal at Kraft Elementary.
ASBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Pamela Hawk-Williams is the assistant principal at Asbury Elementary School. With more than 20 years of educational experience, Ms. Hawk-Williams has spent the past year serving as the assistant principal at both Armstrong School for the Arts and Tucker-Capps.
BARRON FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Patricia Clark has been named the assistant principal at Barron Fundamental Elementary School. With more than 30 years of educational experience, Clark has been the assistant principal at Langley since 2012. She previously served as assistant principal and principal at Machen Elementary School.
BOOKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Brynne Cere has been named interim principal at Booker Elementary. Ms. Cere has nine years of educational experience, previously teaching first and third grades at Langley Elementary School. She has demonstrated strong instructional leadership skills as the assistant principal at Andrews Pre-K-8, where she was responsible for overseeing the language arts department. Ms. Cere is a former student at Booker.
BRYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Valencia Lewis has been named assistant principal at Bryan Elementary School. Ms. Lewis has been the coordinator of early childhood education since 2003. With 30 years of educational experience, Ms. Lewis has served previously as school administrator in HCS.
CARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Sharif Hicks is the assistant principal at Cary Elementary School. He served last year as assistant principal at Bryan Elementary School, and formerly served as an administrator intern in Newport News.
COOPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Lisa White, who has served as a math interventionist for HCS for the past five years, has been named interim assistant administrator at Cooper Elementary School. Ms. White has more than 13 years of experience in education. She is a member of the HCS educational leadership cohort.
KRAFT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Whitney Cataldo has been named as the principal, and Karen Jackson has been named assistant principal, at Kraft Elementary.
Ms. Cataldo has served as the assistant principal of instruction for Woodside High School in Newport News since 2012. She previously served as the program director for the International Baccalaureate program in Hampton City Schools.
Ms. Jackson has served the past three years as the assistant principal at Cooper Elementary School. She previously served as the assistant principal at Burbank Elementary School, and taught at the elementary school level.
LANGLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Shelly Spain is the assistant principal at Langley Elementary School. She has served as an assistant principal in HCS since 2008, serving as the assistant principal at Barron Fundamental Elementary School for the past year. Ms. Spain has served as a classroom teacher, literacy teacher and instructional specialist in Norfolk.
MACHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Karen Johnson is the assistant principal at Machen Elementary School. She has been the assistant principal at Tyler Elementary School since 2012. With more than 20 years of educational experience, Ms. Johnson has worked as a Title I interventionist, Reading Recovery interventionist and classroom teacher.
SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Sean Holleran is assistant principal at Smith Elementary School. He has spent the past year as the assistant principal at Kraft Elementary School. Mr. Holleran previously served as principal at Cooper and Bryan elementary schools. He has also served as an assistant principal at Langley Elementary, and taught at the middle school level.
TUCKER-CAPPS FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Tiffany Geddie-Suggs has been named principal at Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary School. Laura Wyatt is the assistant principal at Tucker-Capps.
Ms. Geddie-Suggs has served as the assistant principal at Asbury since 2013. She previously served as the assistant principal at Smith Elementary School for six years.
Ms. Wyatt served the past year as the assistant principal at Cary Elementary. She previously served as an assistant principal at Kraft Elementary, and has experience as a teacher and counselor.
TYLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Kara McCord is assistant principal at Tyler Elementary School. Ms. McCord spent the past year as assistant principal at Smith Elementary, and previously served as an interim assistant administrator at Burbank Elementary School. She began her teaching career in 2006 as a fourth grade teacher at Merrimack Elementary School.
SPRATLEY GIFTED CENTER
Ron Holloman is assistant principal at Spratley Gifted Center. With more than 25 years of educational experience, Mr. Holloman has served the past three years as assistant principal at Phenix Pre-K-8 School. He previously served as a principal and career and technical education teacher.
DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Tandie Taliaferro is an assistant principal at Davis Middle School. With more than 25 years of educational experience, Taliaferro has served as an assistant principal at Syms Middle School since 2007. She previously taught social studies.
LINDSAY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Chevese Thomas is interim principal of Lindsay Middle School. She has spent the past year as principal at Booker Elementary School. In the past 10 years, Thomas has demonstrated exceptional instructional leadership in Title I schools, especially in the area of language arts. Under her leadership at Booker, the school made significant gains in student achievement (based on preliminary SOL results).
HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL
Shameka Pollard has been named an assistant principal at Hampton High School. She served as the assistant principal at Phoebus High School from 2010 to 2015. She previously served as an assistant principal at Kecoughtan High School.
Angela Byrd-Wright, who has served as the principal at Lindsay Middle School since 2012, has been named the secondary mathematics teacher specialist for Hampton City Schools.
She previously served as the math coach for Lindsay. She has also been a principal with Franklin City Public Schools, an assistant principal in Gloucester County, and taught secondary mathematics in Newport News.
Chonita Walker has been named the elementary language arts teacher specialist for grades 3-5. Ms. Walker has nine years of educational experience. She previously served as the Literacy Leader at Kraft Elementary School. She has also been a 6th Grade Language Arts teacher at Phenix PreK-8 and a 4th Grade teacher at Tucker-Capps Elementary. She also achieved National Board Certification in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Literacy
Carla Mahn is the director of student development and counseling. Ms.
Mahn has worked in the counseling field for the past 20 years. She began working for Hampton City Schools in 1998, serving as the counselor at Moton Elementary School before moving into a counseling position at KHS. She has been the coordinator of school counseling at KHS for almost 13 years.
She also has experience in counseling at the community college level and at a crisis shelter for children.
Veronica Hurd is the director of the Academies of Hampton. Ms. Hurd previously served as the program administrator for the Newport News Public Schools Wonderful Extended Learning, Enrichment & Advancement Program.
Prior to working for NNPS, Ms. Hurd served as the communications and leadership program director for the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Cathy Edler is a special education coordinator. Ms. Edler comes to HCS from Isle of Wight County Schools, where she was a special education coordinator for four years. Prior to that, she worked in Suffolk Public Schools for 16 years, where she held roles of compliance specialist, instructional specialist, educational diagnostician, and teacher.
Heidi Black is a special education coordinator. She has served as a special education teacher for 12 years. She was first in Newport News, and then spent seven years at Langley Elementary School in Hampton. This past year, she worked as a special education instructional coach, working with special education teachers across the division.
Patricia Cuffee-Neville is a special education coordinator. Ms. Cuffee-Neville has been in the field of education for more than 20 years. She was a classroom teacher for 11 years, and she worked has worked as a middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal and an IEP facilitator.
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 WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, email@example.com., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Director of Graphics, email@example.com.
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:
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.