In its Tuesday, June 19 meeting the Williamsburg-James City County School Board made five administrative appointments, including naming a new principal for Warhill High School and an assistant principal for the new James Blair Middle School.
Warhill High School Principal
Effective July 1, Dr. Jeffrey D. Carroll will become the principal for Warhill High School. Dr. Carroll is returning to lead the school following the resignation of Dr. Mark Hudson. He previously served as its principal for four years, from 2013 to 2017. Presently, he is the WJCCPS assistant superintendent for secondary school leadership, overseeing the division’s high schools and middle schools.
According to Superintendent Dr. Olwen Herron, the decision to ask Dr. Carroll to return to Warhill High was motivated by the desire to provide the school continuity in leadership. “During his tenure, Dr. Carroll led the school in recording many important accomplishments, including increasing the school’s on-time graduation rate, establishing a Governor’s STEM Academy for Engineering and Information Technology, and establishing an Early College program with Thomas Nelson Community College. While we are very appreciative of the fine leadership he has provided at the division level, his familiarity with the school and his love for it made him the right choice,” she said.
“I am happy to again focus my leadership and commitment on Warhill High School. I look forward to daily interaction with students and families, the relationships with teachers and staff, and the energy associated with working in a school,” Dr. Carroll said.
Dr. Carroll joined WJCCPS in July 2009 as the principal of J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School, overseeing its construction. He moved into secondary education in July 2011 as the assistant principal of Lafayette High School, where he served until 2013. His previous administrative experience includes stints as an assistant principal and principal in Fairfax County Public Schools and as a principal in Manassas City Public Schools and Poquoson City Public Schools. He holds a B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale University; a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy from the University of Virginia; and a Ph.D.in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.
James Blair Middle School
Effective July 1, Astrid E. Howell will become the assistant principal for the new James Blair Middle School. She served most recently as the school improvement specialist for Berkley Middle School. She began her career in public education in 2002, serving as a special education teacher at Mt. Vernon High School in Alexandria. In 2005 she joined the staff of Langley High School in Fairfax County Public Schools as a special education inclusion teacher and case manager. She joined Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools in 2016 as the school improvement specialist for Lafayette High School. She holds a B.A. in French Studies, a M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education and a M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision, all from the University of Virginia, and a M.A. in Special Education & Instruction from George Washington University.
Senior Director of Communications and Engagement
Eileen M. Cox will join WJCCPS as its senior director of communications and engagement on July 9. In that capacity she will lead the school division’s communications and community engagement efforts, including media relations, crisis communications, publications, the school division’s website and social media platforms, and volunteer, partnership and parent involvement initiatives. Cox comes to the school system from Virginia Beach City Public Schools where she served as its chief media and communications officer. In that role she led a team charged with implementing the division’s comprehensive communications and community engagement initiatives. She joined VBCPS in 2004 as a public relations coordinator, moving up to director of communications and community engagement, and ultimately to chief media and communications officer. Previously, she worked for 14 years in the broadcast journalism field, as a news producer, supervising producer and an assistant news director. She holds a B.A. in English from Old Dominion University.
Director of Finance
Tiffany D. Speight will join WJCCPS as its director of finance on July 9. As director of finance, she will manage a number of important financial functions including the school system’s payroll, accounts payable and receivable and grants management. She comes to the school division from Norfolk Public Schools which she has served for more than 11 years, first as its grants accountant and later as its senior coordinator-grants manager. Prior to having a career in business and finance she worked in the law enforcement and judicial systems, as a supervision officer and a probation and parole officer respectively. Speight holds a B.S. in Administration of Justice from George Mason University and an M.S.A. in Organizational Management with a Concentration in Federal Program Management from Trinity University. She has supplemented her degrees with advanced courses in accounting and has 11 years of working with MUNIS, the finance/human resources system the school division converted to approximately two years ago.
Supervisor for Building Security and Services
On July 1 Brian Weaver will become the division’s supervisor for building security and services, moving up from his previous position as its energy, environmental and security specialist, a post he has held since 2009. This new position places an increased emphasis on safety and security planning. As supervisor for building security and services he will be responsible for managing security for all WJCCPS buildings as well as facilities housekeeping and energy consumption. He joined WJCCPS in 2006 as an elementary teacher, first at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary and later at Matthew Whaley Elementary. He holds a B.S. in Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
“All our new appointments fill positions that are critical to the success of Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. Individually and in sum, these new staff members bring amazing skills to the table,” said Superintendent Dr. Olwen Herron.