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Salem School Board approves new instructional leaders

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The Salem School Division is pleased to announce that Kristyn Shepherd has been named principal at G.W. Carver Elementary School. The formal board approval of her internal promotion was made official at last night’s School Board meeting. She will begin her new position on July 1, 2014.

"I am very excited to join the faculty and staff at G.W. Carver as their new principal," says Shepherd. "They have an outstanding teaching staff and a reputation of always putting students first. I look forward to working with assistant principal, Tomi Nave, to help the teachers continue that tradition of excellence."

Shepherd has been an integral part of the Salem School Division since 1998 when she was first hired as a Special Education teacher at South Salem. After spending a dozen years in that role, she then became the division’s coordinating teacher for Special Education, and in 2010 she was appointed to her current job as assistant principal at East Salem Elementary.

Shepherd, who acquired both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education from Radford University, will replace Dr. Joe Coleman, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

"Kristyn Shepherd is in the midst of a distinguished career and both her prior experience and considerable expertise were abundantly evident during the interview phase of the search process," says Dr. Alan Seibert, Salem Superintendent of Schools. "G.W. Carver is a school with a rich history and a long legacy of extraordinary leaders and devoted teachers who have served generations of young people in Salem. Mrs. Shepherd will honor that history and build upon it in the years to come."

In addition to Shepherd’s promotion, the Salem City School Board also approved the appointment of Hunter Routt as a new assistant principal at Salem High School.

"I can't speak highly enough of the faculty and staff of Salem High School and it is their commitment to excellence for all students that makes me so proud to accept this position," says Routt. "I'm humbled by the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful team that has such a strong commitment to Salem's children."

Routt has served a number of roles with the Salem School Division since coming on board in 1994. She has been a teacher, summer school principal, gifted coordinator and International Baccalaureate coordinator.

"Hunter brings to us 20 years of experience, an impressive instructional leadership background, amazing interpersonal skills, and, most importantly, a true desire to love and serve young people," says Scott Habeeb, Salem High School principal. "As our International Baccalaureate coordinator, she already has made a positive impact on our school. In this new leadership capacity, she will have an even greater opportunity to enhance and grow the student-centered family culture we already have in place."

Routt earned her Bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Roanoke College and her Master’s in Educational administration from the University of Scranton. She replaces Sandy Hadaway, who recently retired after 31 years with the Salem School Division.

The Salem School Board approved one central office appointment, effective July 1, 2014. Jennifer Dean will be the division’s new Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Accountability. Her primary role will be to work with administrators and teachers to improve the division's use of testing data to inform and improve instruction.

This new position will merge the Assessment Oversight responsibilities that are currently handled by Dr. Coleman with the Instructional Technology leadership functions that were previously managed by an instructional technology resource teacher, who has retired.

"I am really looking forward to joining the City of Salem School team," says Dean. "Student academic success is my passion and the opportunity to work with students, teachers and principals within this role will be exciting.’

Dean earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Roanoke College and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Radford University. Since 1995, she has been an educator for Roanoke City Public Schools, most recently serving as the Principal of Westside Elementary.

"We are excited to welcome Mrs. Dean to the Salem City School Division," says Curtis Hicks, Salem’s Director of Secondary Education. "Her knowledge and experiences in the areas of technology, assessment and data analysis will benefit staff and students as we continue to strive to unlock the individual potential of every child." 


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