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Hampton City Schools announces assistant principal new hires and changes
Hampton City Schools recently announced the following assistant principal new hires and changes for the 2019-2020 school year.
Bassette Elementary School
Dr. Rohan Cumberbatch-Smith will serve the Bassette Elementary School Pandas for the 2019-2020 school year as an assistant principal, replacing Dr. LaTonya Harris, who will serve Burbank Elementary School.
Cumberbatch-Smith comes to Bassette from Kraft Elementary School where he served as an assistant principal for the past two years. Prior to joining Hampton City Schools, he served the students, parents and staff in Norfolk Public Schools as a building administrator, instructional specialist, and teacher. He began his career in education in New York where he taught second grade and was a special education co-teacher.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the City College of New York and his master’s in special education from Brooklyn College. He furthered his education at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University where he earned his Ed.S. as well as his doctorate in educational leadership.
Benjamin Syms Middle School
Carla Montgomery, William Taylor, and Gordon Blair will join the administrative team for the 2019-2020 school year and serve as the three assistant principals.
Carla Montgomery comes to Syms from Lindsay Middle School where she served as an assistant principal for the past five years. She began her teaching career in Isle of Wight as a sixth grade science teacher before she joined the Hampton City Schools team in 2005 as a science teacher and then a behavior specialist, both at Lindsay Middle School. Montgomery has also served as an intensive in-home mental health counselor for six years for New Seasons Clinical Services in Hampton.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her master’s in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University.
William Taylor joins Hampton City Schools from Portsmouth Public Schools where he has served as an assistant principal for the past thirteen years at the elementary, middle, and high school level. He began his educational career as a middle school history teacher in Lawrenceville, Virginia and then taught middle school history and was the AVID coordinator for Newport News Public Schools before going into administration.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from St. Paul’s College and his master’s in educational leadership from Cambridge College.
Gordon Blair joins the Syms team from Newport News Juvenile Detention School where he served the past ten years as a high school English teacher. Prior to serving the students and staff in Newport News Public Schools, he was an alternative pathways program instructor and high school English teacher in Wilmington, North Carolina; an English teacher in Southport, North Carolina; and a middle school language arts teacher for Norfolk Public Schools.
He earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and master’s in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.
Bethel High School
Cantrese Pace-Pierce will join the Bethel administrative team as the Freshman Academy Principal for the 2019-2020 school year as James Harris will serve as the executive principal at Phoebus High School.
Cantrese is not a stranger to the Bruin family. She has been a Bethel Bruin for the past 18 years as an instructional leader in the health and physical education department, a dean of students, and most recently as a graduation specialist. She also served as a HERE truancy building coordinator, a Summer Bridge coordinator, and a student mentor coordinator.
Pace-Pierce earned her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and her master’s degree from Troy University. In 2016, she earned her Ed.S. from Liberty University.
Burbank Elementary School
Dr. LaTonya Harris joins the Burbank Elementary School administrative team, replacing Shenay Lewis Smith.
Harris has twenty-one years of experience in urban education. She joins Burbank from Bassette Elementary School where she served this past year as an assistant principal. Prior to coming to Hampton, she served the students and staff in Chesapeake Public Schools as a Title I instructional coach for two years and a third grade teacher for a year. Prior to Chesapeake, Harris served as an elementary classroom teacher and Title I instructional technology resource specialist for Norfolk Public Schools.
She earned her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from Norfolk State University, her master’s in educational leadership from Regent University, and her doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Cesar Tarrant Middle School
Chanda Mason will join the Tarrant Middle School administrative team as an assistant principal, replacing James Jones.
Ms. Mason has 21 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career in Hampton City Schools at Moton Elementary School and has taught at Bryan Elementary School and Tucker-Capps Elementary School before teaching at George P. Phenix PreK-8 School. She has experience teaching grades 4, 5, 7, and 8. Mason has had the opportunity to serve in many different leadership capacities, to include elementary and middle school science instructional leader, Climate and Culture Coach, new teacher mentor, Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies Committee member, and the Virginia Department of Education 8th Grade Science SOL Test Item Committee member, just to name a few. For the past four years, she has also served as a positive behavior specialist with Family Restoration Services in Hampton.
Mason earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Science degree in Education from Old Dominion University. She has also earned an education specialist degree from Old Dominion University.
George P. Phenix PreK-8 School
Georgeandrea Erickson will join the Phenix administrative team as an assistant principal, replacing Travis Humble.
Erickson has been one of Phenix’s middle school math teachers since 2010. Prior to coming to Phenix, she taught at Syms Middle School, Asbury Elementary School, and Lindsay Middle School.
She received her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University, a master’s degree in middle school math from Waldon University, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership form Old Dominion University.
Hampton High School
Ernriekus Williams and Rashaad Pitt will join the Hampton High administrative team. Mr. Williams will serve as the Freshman Academy Principal and Mr. Pitt will serve as the Principal of the Maritime Academy and the Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Ernriekus Williams comes to Hampton from Suffolk Public Schools where he has served the past five years as a high school English teacher with the leadership role of English department chair for the past year.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and his master’s in educational leadership from Regent University.
Rashadd Pitt joins Hampton from Chesterfield County, Virginia where he served as the dean of students at Meadowbrook High School and as a middle school success coordinator. Prior to Chesterfield County, he was a history instructor for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Bon Air, Virginia and a U.S. history teacher for Richmond City Public Schools and the Petersburg City Public School district.
Pitt earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and a master’s degree in education from Walden University as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from Regent University.
Jones Magnet Middle School
James Jones will serve as an assistant principal to Jones Magnet Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year, replacing David Coccoli.
He comes to Jones Middle from Tarrant Middle School where he served as an assistant principal for the past five years. Prior to Tarrant Middle, he taught language arts for one year at Andrews PreK-8 School and fourteen years at Syms Middle School. Jones was also a special education instructional assistant at Cesar Tarrant Elementary School for a year.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Paul’s College and his master’s in educational leadership from Regent University. Mr. Jones is currently working on his Ph.D. at Old Dominion University.
Kraft Elementary School
Cheryl Hiers has been promoted to assistant principal at Kraft Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year, replacing Dr. Rohan Cumberbatch-Smith, who will serve Bassette Elementary School.
Hiers served the students, parents, and staff at Kraft Elementary School as their school counselor for the past five years. Prior to her time at Kraft, she worked as a behavioral counselor with Hampton’s Community Services Board and as a family counselor for a private organization in Norfolk. She was a special education teacher at Kecoughtan High School for three years and a teacher/counselor at Southeastern Public School Consortium (SECEP) in Norfolk.
She earned her bachelor’s from Christopher Newport University, her master’s in urban education from Norfolk State University and her Ed.S. from Old Dominion University.
Lindsay Middle School
Mia Pollard and Ruben Casas will serve the Lindsay Middle students, families and staff for the upcoming school year as Lindsay’s two assistant principals.
Mia Pollard joins Lindsay from Syms Middle School where she served as an assistant principal for the past year. Prior to joining Hampton City Schools, Pollard served for a year as an assistant principal with Charles City County Public Schools. She also served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school level for Williamsburg-James City County Schools. She began her career in education as a middle school health and physical education teacher with Hampton City Schools. She also taught health and physical education in Williamsburg-James City Public Schools and in Alexandria City Public Schools.
Pollard earned her bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University. She obtained her administrative license through the College of William and Mary.
Ruben Casas joins Lindsay from Spratley Gifted Center where he has been a health and physical education teacher for the past five years. Casas has had the opportunity to serve in many different leadership capacities, to include the Positive Behavior Interventionist Specialist Chair and Classroom Management Coach as well as a varsity associate head football coach, special teams coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator at Kecoughtan High School for the past four years.
He earned his bachelor’s from Old Dominion University and is finalizing his master’s in education leadership from Norfolk State University.
Phoebus High School
David Coccoli will join the Phoebus administrative team as the Freshman Academy principal. Stephen Gavin, former academy principal, will not be returning to Phoebus for the upcoming school year.
Mr. Coccoli joins Phoebus from Jones Magnet Middle School where he served this past year as an assistant principal. Prior to joining Hampton City Schools, he served as a high school social studies teacher and head football coach for four years in Suffolk Public Schools. Before his experience in Suffolk, he served as a high school teacher and football coach in Dumfries, Manassas and Newport News.
Coccoli earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Christopher Newport University, his master’s in education from Old Dominion University, and his Ed.S. from Old Dominion University.
Samuel P. Langley Elementary School
Robyn Crump has been appointed as assistant principal at Langley Elementary School, replacing Valencia Lewis. She began her teaching career in Hampton City Schools as a second grade teacher at Cesar Tarrant Elementary. She also taught at Bryan Elementary School before she continued to spread her passion for education this past year as a Curriculum Integration Technology Teacher (CITT).
Crump earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Christopher Newport University. She participated in Old Dominion University’s Educational Leadership Cohort with Hampton City Schools where she completed her education specialist degree.
Thomas Eaton Fundamental Middle School
Jerrelle Griffin will join Eaton Middle School this coming school year as an assistant principal, replacing Leon Edwards.
She has served as an assistant principal at Syms Middle School for the past two years. Prior to Syms Middle, she was an assistant principal at Jones Magnet Middle School and a learning facilitator at the Performance Learning Center. Before joining Hampton City Schools, Griffin taught biology and earth science for Newport News Public Schools.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Hampton University and her master’s in educational leadership from Regent University.
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