Administrative Changes 2017-18
Hampton City Schools has announced several administrative changes, effective for the 2017-18 school year.
Asbury Elementary School
Marye Werling has been named principal of Asbury Elementary School. Werling has four years of experience as an assistant principal at Phenix Pre-K-8 School. She also served as the assistant principal at Bryan Elementary School. She has more than 10 years of educational experience, working previously as an instructional math coach, team leader and math teacher in Norfolk.
She received a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Lourdes College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Virginia.
Barron Fundamental Elementary School
Karen Johnson has been named principal of Barron Fundamental Elementary School. Johnson has spent the past year as assistant principal at Machen Elementary School, and previously spent four years as the assistant principal at Tyler Elementary School. With more than 21 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.
Forrest Elementary School
Elizabeth Cromartie has been named principal at Forrest Elementary School. Cromartie has been the principal at Phillips Elementary School since 2013. She previously served an assistant principal for Isle of Wight County Public Schools, and taught social studies in Newport News.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland University College in Naples, Italy, and a master’s degree in educational policy, planning and leadership from The College of William and Mary.
Kraft Elementary School
Kara McCord has been named principal at Kraft Elementary School. McCord has three years of experience as an elementary assistant principal, serving at Tyler, Smith and Burbank elementary schools. 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 Old Dominion University. 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.
Phillips Elementary School
Shelley Lawrence has been named principal at Phillips Elementary School. She has more than 20 years of experience in education. She has served the past two years as an assistant principal at Broad Rock Elementary School in Richmond. She has served as a guidance director in Portsmouth, Newport News, Prince George County and Richmond. She also served as an elementary teacher in Petersburg.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Virginia State University. She earned a certificate in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tyler Elementary School
Shelly Spain has been named principal at Tyler Elementary School. Spain has spent the past year as assistant principal at Langley Elementary School. She has served as an assistant principal in HCS since 2008, serving as assistant principal at Barron Fundamental Elementary School, Booker and Forrest elementary schools. With more than 21 years of educational experience, Spain has also served as a classroom teacher, literacy teacher and instructional specialist.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree from Regent University.
Phoebus High School
Dr. Rory Stapleton has been hired as the principal at Phoebus High School. Dr. Stapleton has more than 30 years of experience in education, most recently serving as a school improvement administrator in Norfolk. She has served as the high school principal at Warwick High School in Newport News, Bridgeport principal, and director of alternative program development and evaluation for Hampton City Schools.
Dr. Stapleton has taught English and has served as an adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University. She received a bachelor’s degree in English education and a master’s degree in teaching from Christopher Newport University. She earned an educational specialist degree in administration from The George Washington University, and her doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Director of Academic Advancement and Enrichment
Reginald Johns has been named director of academic advancement and enrichment. Johns has more than 20 years of educational experience, serving the past 10 years as a gifted resource teacher for HCS. He has also taught fourth and fifth grade students in HCS and has served as a science instructional leader. He has also written curriculum for the gifted department’s resource program for grades K-5.
Johns has a bachelor’s degree in city planning from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in elementary education from Hampton University. He received his gifted education endorsement from Shenandoah University. He also has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Old Dominion University, and he is currently working on his doctorate degree in educational policy, planning and leadership, gifted administration, from The College of William and Mary.
Director of Career and Technical Education
Seth Black has been hired as the director of career and technical education. Black has more than 12 years of educational experience, serving the past two years as the career and technical education instructional leader at Hampton High School. He has taught Design, Multi-Media and Web Technologies, Introduction to Programming and Video Game Design, and International Baccalaureate Information Technology in a Global Society. He has been very involved in the efforts to expand The Academies of Hampton, participating in several career academy professional development opportunities.
Black has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership, administration and supervision from Old Dominion University.
Curriculum Leader - Language Arts
Dr. Kelli Cedo has been named curriculum leader for language arts for Hampton City Schools. She has served the past two years as principal at Forrest Elementary School. Cedo has 15 years of educational experience and previously served as the assistant principal at Fairfield Elementary School in Virginia Beach. She also served as the Title I coordinator and division lead for school improvement in Virginia Beach.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a master’s degree in elementary education, a specialist degree in administration and supervision, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.
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.