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Jessica White Ottman
Hampton City Schools announces elementary assistant principal new hires and changes
Hampton City Schools recently announced the following elementary assistant principal new hires and changes for the 2021-2022 school year.
Shantae Robins will be joining the Aberdeen Lion family as the school’s assistant principal, replacing Jessica White who will serve the Phillips Elementary School family next year as their assistant principal.
With twenty-three years of experience in management, teaching, and the coordination of school programs and activities, Ms. Robins joins HCS from Chesapeake Public Schools where she has been an elementary teacher since 2002. Prior to Chesapeake Public Schools, she served the students and families at Portsmouth Public Schools.
She received a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Norfolk State University and a master’s in educational leadership administration and supervision from Old Dominion University. She has a post master’s certificate in supervision and exceptional learners from Regent University.
Andrews PreK-8 School
Anna Thoey will be joining the Andrews administrative team to serve as an assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year.
Ms. Thoey is no stranger to the Gator family as she has served the Andrews students and families since 2014 as a fourth and fifth grade teacher. Prior to her time at Andrews, she taught second and third grade at Tyler Elementary.
She received her bachelor’s in education as well as her master’s in elementary education from Old Dominion University and her administrative endorsement in administrative leadership from The George Washington University.
Armstrong School for the Arts
Pamela Hawk-Williams will be coming home to Armstrong to serve as the full-time assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year, replacing Heather Goode who will serve as the full-time assistant principal at Mary W. Jackson Fundamental School (formerly Tucker-Capps).
Hawk-Williams has more than 25 years of educational experience, spending the past five years serving as the assistant principal at Asbury Elementary. Prior to Asbury, she served as assistant principal at both Armstrong School for the Arts, Tucker-Capps, Bryan and Wythe. She began her educational career as a teacher in Richmond and also served as a teacher and interim-assistant principal in Suffolk.
She earned her bachelor’s in social work and her master’s in teaching both from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as her Ed.S. from Old Dominion University.
Michael Kelly will serve as the Asbury assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year, replacing Pamela Hawk-Williams who will serve as the assistant principal at Armstrong School for the Arts.
Mr. Kelly served as a special education teacher this past year at Smith Elementary School. Prior to coming to Hampton, Mr. Kelly began his career in education as a special education teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Over his career, he has also served as a school improvement grant instructional coach in St. Louis, an assistant principal in Illinois, and an elementary principal in California.
He earned his bachelor’s in music education at the State University of New York and his master’s in special education as well as a master’s in educational leadership at George Mason University.
LaKeshia Ames will be joining the Bassette family to serve as the assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year, replacing Dr. Rohan Cumberbatch-Smith who has been promoted to principal of Phillips Elementary.
Ms. Ames has served as Cary’s assistant principal for the past four years. She began her career in education as a teacher in Portsmouth Public Schools and also taught in Norfolk Public Schools as well as North Carolina.
She earned her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Norfolk State University and her master’s in educational leadership from Regent University. In addition, Ms. Ames was a National Milken Educator Award recipient in 2012.
Mary T. Christian Elementary (formerly Cary Elementary)
Jackie Claiborne will be joining Mary T. Christian Elementary as the school’s assistant principal, replacing LaKeshia Ames who will be serving as assistant principal at Bassette Elementary.
With twenty-seven years of experience in education, Ms. Claiborne has served elementary students, families, and staff in Hampton her entire career. She comes to Mary T. Christian from Forrest Elementary where she served for nine years as their assistant principal.
She received a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Norfolk State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.
Stephanie Sutton will be joining Forrest to serve as the assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year, replacing Jacqueline Claiborne who will be serving as an assistant principal at Mary T. Christian Elementary (formerly Cary Elementary).
Ms. Sutton has served as the assistant principal at Phillips Elementary for the past 10 years. Prior to Phillips, she was an assistant principal at Davis Middle, Lindsay Middle, and Syms Middle. She began her educational career as a teacher in North Carolina and has also taught in Maryland and Newport News before joining our Hampton City Schools family.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in intermediate education and her master’s in education and human development is from The George Washington University.
Andrea Darden will be joining the Machen Nation to serve as the assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year.
Ms. Darden taught in both South Carolina and North Carolina before joining Hampton City Schools in 2010. She has served as a special education teacher and instructional leader at both Tarrant Elementary School and Bryan Elementary School. In addition, Ms. Darden has worked with the HCS 21st Century Program as a site coordinator and senior coordinator.
She received her bachelor’s in special education from East Carolina University and her master’s in educational leadership from Regent University.
Jessica White Ottman will be joining the Phillips family as the school’s assistant principal, replacing Stephanie Sutton who will serve as the assistant principal at Forrest Elementary.
Ms. White Ottman comes to Phillips from Aberdeen where she served as an assistant principal for three years. Prior to Aberdeen, she served as an assistant principal at Tucker-Capps before she spent six years at Eaton Fundamental Middle School teaching math. Ms. White Ottman began her educational career in Canisteo, New York teaching high school math.
She 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.
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Executive Director of Human Resources
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Department of Human Resources
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