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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, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Aberdeen Elementary School
Jessica White has been appointed as assistant principal at Aberdeen Elementary School, replacing Bob Smith. She comes to Aberdeen from Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary School where she served as an assistant principal. Prior to her administrative experience, she spent six years at Eaton Fundamental Middle School teaching math. During her tenure at Eaton her leadership experience ranged from a leadership team member and instructional leader to a district secondary RtI manual committee member and K-5 head summer school coordinator intern. Prior to joining HCS, White taught high school math for two years in Canisteo, New York.

White earned her bachelor’s in math, adolescent education and special education from Keuka College. She earned her master’s in education curriculum and instruction in literacy from Concordia University and her Ed.S. in administration and supervision from Old Dominion University.

Armstrong School for the Arts & Tucker-Capps Fundamental School (split position)
Heather Goode has been appointed as assistant principal of Armstrong School for the Arts, replacing Andrea Riddick, and as assistant principal of Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary School, replacing Jessica White. Goode has 14 years of teaching experience, with 12 years in Hampton City Schools, both at the elementary and middle school levels. She has spent the past four years at the elementary level where she has also served as a PBIS coordinator and a SOL remediation program coordinator. Prior to her elementary experience, she taught gifted education and language arts at the middle school level.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and her master’s in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.
Bassette Elementary School
Dr. LaTonya Harris has been appointed as assistant principal at Bassette Elementary School, replacing Shante Oniyide. Harris has twenty years of experience in urban education. She comes to Hampton from Chesapeake Public Schools where she served 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.  
Bethel High School
Tanya Howard has been appointed as assistant principal at Bethel High School, replacing Titinesha Llewellyn. Howard will oversee the Media Arts and Design Academy as the academy principal. With more than 11 years of educational experience, Tanya has spent the past three years as a graduation specialist for HCS at Hampton High School. She previously served one year as a college and career coach at Hampton High School and seven years as a business teacher at Kecoughtan, Hampton, Phoebus, and Bridgeport Academy.
Howard earned a bachelor of science in business management from Hampton University and a master’s in business administration from Strayer University. She furthered her education at The George Washington University as an education specialist specializing in educational leadership and administration and earning an Ed.D. in educational administration and policy.

Tim Cason has been appointed as the coordinator at Bridgeport, replacing Angelina Lipford.  Cason began his career in Hampton City Schools 24 years ago. He has served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, new options administrator, and assistant principal. Most recently he served as an assistant principal at Kecoughtan High School overseeing the Architecture and Applied Arts Governor’s STEM Academy.

Cason earned a bachelor of science from Christopher Newport College and a masters of arts in education from The George Washington University.

Burbank Elementary School
Shenay Lewis Smith has been appointed as assistant principal at Burbank Elementary School, replacing Salvatore Gulotta. Lewis Smith joins Hampton from Norfolk Public Schools where she served as a third, fourth, and fifth grade teacher for 12 years. Prior to entering the teaching field, she was an office manager for Norfolk Public Schools for seven years.

She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Norfolk State University and her master’s in educational leadership and human development from The George Washington University.
Hampton High School
Christopher Fredericks has been appointed as assistant principal at Hampton High School, specifically he will serve as the academy principal for the International Baccalaureate program. Mr. Fredericks has seven years of experience, all with Hampton City Schools. He began his career at Hampton High School as a visual arts teacher.  During his time at Hampton High, he served as a member of the school learning plan and leadership team, fine arts instructional leader, a peer mentor coordinator, a technology team leader, and a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support team leader. Most recently Fredericks held the role as an Academies of Hampton coach for Kecoughtan High School.
He earned a bachelor of science in art education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a masters of education in curriculum and instruction with a minor in methods and curriculum and a minor in teacher leadership from Concordia University, and an educational specialist in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University.

Jones Magnet Middle School
David Coccoli has been appointed as assistant principal at Jones Magnet Middle School, replacing Travis Humble. Coccoli joins Hampton from Suffolk Public Schools where he served as a high school social studies teacher and head football coach for the past four years. Before his experience in Suffolk, he served as a high school teacher and football coach in Dumfries, Manassas and Newport News.

He 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.

Kecoughtan High School
Katherine Fox has been appointed as assistant principal at Kecoughtan High School, replacing Kimberly Vick. She will serve as the Freshman Academy principal. Fox began her career with Hampton City Schools in 1996 as a teacher at Phoebus High School.  She served as the 21st Century Community Centers After School Curriculum Leader from 2004 to 2008 and the Academic Coordinator for the Performance Learning Center from 2008 to 2018.  

She holds a bachelor of science in geography from North Carolina Central University, a masters of arts in secondary education from City College of New York and an education specialist degree in educational leadership from The George Washington University.

Sharon Graham has been appointed as assistant principal at Kecoughtan High School, replacing Tim Cason. She will serve as the academy principal for the Governor’s Stem Academy of Architecture, Environment & Engineering. Graham has 26 years of educational experience, with 20 years in Hampton. Most recently, Ms. Graham served as the interim assistant principal at Kecoughtan High School overseeing the Freshman Academy.

She holds a bachelor of arts in special education from Norfolk State University and a master of science in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.

Phenix PreK-8 School
Heidi Southcombe, Reginald Crawford, and Travis Humble have been appointed as assistant principals at Phenix. They replace Ashley O’Malley, Jason Wimbush, and Taiia Bryant-Clarke.

Heidi Southcombe served as assistant principal this past year at Tyler Elementary School. Prior to joining HCS, she served as a school director for the Teach for America Summer Training Institute in Houston, Texas and as a virtual learning module designer, curriculum specialist, teacher, corps member advisor, and school operations manager for Teach for America. She has provided coaching and modeling for teachers in Cambridge, MA, and taught at the elementary level in Atlanta, Georgia and in Gwinnett County Schools.
She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in teaching and early childhood education from Georgia State University. She received a master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University.
Reginald Crawford comes to us from Lindsay Middle School where he served as a science teacher since 2013. Crawford was also a science teacher in Robeson County, North Carolina; Hampton City Schools (Syms Middle School); and Northampton County Public Schools. Mr. Crawford has served as a residential counselor working with young adults on life skills and as an in-home counselor who provided support and therapeutic interventions for families with children with behavioral problems.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in science from Hampton University and a master’s in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.
Travis Humble has served as an assistant principal at Jones Magnet Middle School since 2015.  Prior to Jones, he had 11 years of teaching experience, teaching third and fifth grade at Langley Elementary School (Hampton City Schools) and third grade at A.P. Tureaud Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Humble was a lead teacher for six years (2010-2016) at Thomas Jefferson National Lab where he designed and implemented lessons and activities to increase teacher effectiveness and quality of instruction.
He received his bachelor’s in education with a minor in social sciences from Chadron State College and his master’s in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.

Phoebus High School
Patrice Williams has been appointed as assistant principal at Phoebus High School, specifically she will serve as the Academy of Advanced College Experience academy principal. With more than 14 years of experience, Williams has spent the last four years at Bethel High School as a counseling coordinator. She previously spent one year at Kecoughtan High School as a dean of students and prior to that was a school counselor for five years serving Syms Middle School, Kecoughtan High School, and Jones Magnet Middle School. Patrice began her career as a student assistance counselor at Spratley Middle School.
She earned her bachelor’s of art degree in sociology from Saint Leo University. She went on to Hampton University where she earned her master’s degree in school counseling and Ed.S. in counseling. Williams then earned her post-master’s certificate in educational leadership from The George Washington University.
Syms Middle School
Mia Pollard has been appointed as assistant principal at Syms Middle School, replacing Patricia Cuffee-Neville. Ms. Pollard comes to Hampton City Schools from Charles City County Public Schools where she served for a year as an assistant principal.  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.
Ms. 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.

Tyler Elementary School
Shante Oniyide has been named assistant principal at Tyler Elementary School, replacing Heidi Southcombe, who is currently unassigned. Oniyide has a total of 11 years of experience in education, serving Bassette Elementary School for the past year as the assistant principal. She was a special education teacher in Isle of Wight County Schools, Hampton City Schools (Booker Elementary), and Brooklyn, New York, as well as an English teacher in Brooklyn, New York. During her time at Booker Elementary School she had a leadership position for two years as a special education instructional leader.
She earned her bachelor of science from Syracuse University, her master of science in education from Hunter College, and her Ed.S. from The George Washington University.


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