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Hampton City Schools announces administrative changes

Hampton City Schools announces the following administrative changes:

Angela Byrd-WrightAngela 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 has a strong background in mathematics and has demonstrated leadership in this area.

Byrd-Wright has more than 12 years of experience in education.
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. 

Byrd-Wright received a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Bennett College, a master’s degree in Special Education K-12 with a dual focus on emotional disturbance and specific learning disabilities from The College of William and Mary, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. 

Chevese ThomasChevese Thomas has been appointed 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).

Thomas served as the principal of Machen Elementary for three years. She previously served as the principal at Cooper Elementary for four years. She also served as assistant principal at Aberdeen Elementary for two years.

She previously taught special education at the middle school level.  Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in special education from ODU. She also received her licensure and educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. 

Brynne CereBrynne Cere has been named interim principal at Booker Elementary.
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. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from James Madison University, and a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University.  Cere attended Booker Elementary School as a former student.

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