Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools News & Information

Board Approves New Administrators

The WJCC School Board approved three administrative appointments at their meeting on June 6, 2017:

  • Chief of Staff: Corey J. Murphy, Ph.D.
  • Principal, James Blair Middle School: Ty M. Harris
  • Principal, Bright Beginnings and Preschool Learning: Amy Gulick

“I am very pleased that we have attracted these talented educators to fill vital roles in WJCC,” Superintendent Olwen E. Herron, Ed.D., said. “Dr. Murphy, Mr. Harris and Ms. Gulick bring significant and varied experiences to our division, and I look forward to welcoming them to our leadership team.”

Corey Murphy, Ph.D.
Murphy is the principal at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, South Carolina. He has been a principal since 2007 and was previously an assistant principal, biology teacher and chemistry teacher. As principal, Murphy has been successful in increasing student achievement, accomplishing organizational goals and advancing academic programs.

Murphy earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Carolina. He is a decorated military veteran and currently is serving as a Battalion Executive Officer at Fort Jackson, SC.

Ty Harris
Harris is currently the principal at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia. In addition to working as an assistant principal and history teacher, Harris worked for the U.S. Department of Education as an Education Resource Management Specialist and Magnet Schools Assistance Program Officer.

Harris earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and his master’s in educational leadership from George Mason University. He has extensive experience with new program integration, planning, and implementing professional development programs.

James Blair Middle School will open in September 2018. One year prior to the opening of a new school, school divisions hire the school’s principal to coordinate staffing, plan professional development and perform other duties to ensure a smooth opening day.

Amy Gulick
Gulick is currently a special education instructional specialist in WJCC. She taught preschool, early childhood special education and first grade gifted and talented. She also served as lead special education teacher at an elementary school in Newport News.

Gulick earned her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and her master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has significant experience working with families and children and has a solid understanding of what is required to help students become kindergarten ready.

Renee Dino, the current Bright Beginnings principal, is retiring at the end of the school year.