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Hampton City Schools announces administrative changes

Effective July 1, the following administrative changes will take place in Hampton City Schools:

KRAFT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Whitney Cataldo has been named as the principal, and Karen Jackson has been named assistant principal, at Kraft Elementary.

Cataldo has more than 15 years of experience in education. She 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.  She has also been an assistant principal in Poquoson, and taught government in Newport News.

She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a master’s degree in educational policy, planning and leadership from The College of William and Mary.

Jackson has more than 25 years of experience in education, serving 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.

She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in elementary education from Hampton University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.

TUCKER-CAPPS FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Tiffany Geddie-Suggs has been named principal, and Laura Wyatt has been named assistant principal, at Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary School.

Geddie-Suggs has more than 20 years of experience in education, serving as the assistant principal at Asbury since 2013. She previously served as the assistant principal at Smith Elementary School for six years. She also has experience teaching at the elementary school level.

She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education from Fayetteville State University. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership administration and supervision from Regent University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Regent University.

Wyatt has more than 20 years of educational experience, serving 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.

She received a bachelor’s degree in government and elementary education, and a master’s degree in school counseling from The College of William and Mary. She earned a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University.

ASBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Pamela Hawk-Williams has been named the assistant principal at Asbury Elementary School. With more than 20 years of educational experience, Hawk-Williams has spent the past year serving as the assistant principal at both Armstrong School for the Arts and Tucker-Capps. She began her career as a Head Start teacher in Richmond. She also taught and served as an administrator in Suffolk.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her education specialist certification from Old Dominion University.

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. She has experience teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

She received a bachelor’s degree in special education from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from The George Washington University.

BRYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Valencia Lewis has been named assistant principal at Bryan Elementary School. Lewis has been the coordinator of early childhood education since 2003. The duties of the early childhood education coordinator have been assigned to the current principal at Moton Early Childhood Center.

With 30 years of educational experience, Lewis has served previously as an elementary assistant principal in HCS. She also taught at the elementary school level and coordinated summer school.

Lewis received a bachelor’s degree in elementary/early childhood education from Hampton University, and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from The George Washington University.

CARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Sharif Hicks has been named 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. He has taught fourth and fifth grades, and served as an instructional assistant at the early childhood level.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in elementary education from Hampton University. He also earned an educational specialist degree from Old Dominion University.

LANGLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Shelly Spain has been named 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. With 20 years of educational experience, Spain has also served as the assistant principal at Booker and Forrest elementary schools. She has served as a classroom teacher, literacy teacher and instructional specialist in Norfolk.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree from Regent University.

MACHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Karen Johnson has been named 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, Johnson has worked as a Title I interventionist, Reading Recovery interventionist and classroom teacher.

She has a bachelor’s degree in speech/language disorders from Denison University and master’s degree in educational administration from Old Dominion University.

SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Sean Holleran has been named assistant principal at Smith Elementary School. He has spent the past year as the assistant principal at Kraft Elementary School. With 20 years of educational experience, 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.

He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount St. Mary’s College and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The College of William and Mary. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.

TYLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Kara McCord has been named assistant principal at Tyler Elementary School.  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. She has also served as Title I math teacher and coach.

She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia and completed her pre-K-6 licensure requirements at ODU. She was a member of the ODU administration and supervision cohort and completed her master’s degree. McCord is currently working on a doctorate degree in educational leadership from ODU.

SPRATLEY GIFTED CENTER

Ron Holloman has been named assistant principal at Spratley Gifted Center. With more than 25 years of educational experience, 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.

He has a bachelor’s degree in food marketing/industry management from Virginia State University. He holds a marketing education certification and master’s degree from Old Dominion University. He earned a doctorate of education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tandie Taliaferro has been named as 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.

Taliaferro has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Georgia, teacher certification from Columbus State University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Regent University.

DIVISION-LEVEL CHANGES

The Division has restructured the jobs of the following employees:

Kim Richardson, who currently serves as the coordinator of instructional coaching, will become the Teacher Development Coordinator. Richardson will provide organizational development and curricular alignment of varied teacher leadership roles with teacher/novice training and coaching services.

Katie Barbosa, who currently serves as the coordinator of culture and climate, will become the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS) coordinator.  Barbosa will work to ensure consistent implementation of PBIS across the Division, as well as bullying prevention, cultural competence and youth development.


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1.     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

2.      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. 

3.      HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY

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.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.

4.      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.

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.

5.       DISCLAIMER

HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as, 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.