At its July 10 meeting, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board approved the appointment of Dr. Catherine L. Worley as an assistant superintendent for school leadership. Dr. Worley is a veteran educator with 27 years of experience in the classroom and school administration. Most recently, she has served as the principal of Jamestown High School.
“Dr. Worley is committed to ensuring that all students have access to rigorous, engaging learning experiences as well as the necessary resources to support their academic and emotional success,” said Dr. Olwen Herron, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools Superintendent. “She is a passionate advocate for children and fosters a school environment where parents, staff and community partners work together to support student learning.”
Recently named the 2018 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), Dr. Worley is recognized as a top instructional leader and innovative educator. In her new role, she will oversee the division’s 7 middle and high schools.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as assistant superintendent in a community and school division that I love so very much,” Dr. Worley said. “I look forward to collaborating with the talented principals at each of our secondary schools as well as with our superintendent and central office leaders to build upon the excellent teaching and learning taking place in classrooms across the division.”
Dr. Worley joined WJCC Public Schools in 2012 after serving as a principal in Albemarle County, Virginia. Prior to that, she was a teacher, assistant principal and principal with Hampton and Newport News public schools. Dr. Worley holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy, both from Radford University.
In conjunction with Dr. Worley’s appointment, the School Board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to named Howard E. Townsend, IV, as the interim principal at Jamestown High School. Townsend currently serves as an assistant principal at JHS.
“I know that the Eagles family will be in good hands with Mr. Townsend as the interim principal,” said Dr. Herron. “The continuity of leadership will help ensure that students and staff at Jamestown don’t miss a beat. We continue to have high expectations and look forward to another successful school year under Mr. Townsend’s leadership.”
Prior to joining Jamestown High School principal, Townsend served as the assistant principal of Lafayette High School, as a middle school English curriculum leader and as a middle school administrative intern with WJCC Public Schools. He has also worked for York County Schools as an assessment and compliance coordinator.
Townsend is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership and holds a master’s in educational leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in English, all from the College of William and Mary.