School Board approves acting administrators for virtual academy and enhanced support for equity

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Published On: August 5th, 2020

Holland and Newcomb appointed acting administrators for WJCC Virtual Academy: Family Choice for Online Learning

More than 3,000 students will participate in the WJCC Online Academy: Family Choice for Online Learning this school year. The opportunity to engage in 100% online learning for the 2020-21 school year is part of the division’s Return to Learn: Forward WJCC Schools plan.

“To best support these students and their families, we must commit resources to the WJCC Online Academy as we would any brick and mortar school,” Dr. Olwen Herron explains. “This begins with strong leadership provided by Scott Holland and Michele Newcomb.”

Holland and Newcomb will serve as Acting Virtual Academy Administrators for elementary and secondary, respectively. They will have similar instructional and leadership responsibilities of school principals within the

Michele Newcomb

unique model of learning and teaching entirely online.

Teachers for the WJCC Virtual Academy are being assigned as student course needs are evaluated and an Academy website is under construction.

Scott Holland has been with WJCC Schools since 2002 as an elementary teacher at Laurel Lane Elementary and assistant principal at J. Blaine Blayton and D.J. Montague elementary schools.

Michele Newcomb has been the assistant principal at Lafayette High School since 2013. Prior to coming to WJCC Schools, she held teaching and administrative positions in Virginia schools for 12 years.

Felicia Highland, Ed.D.

Dr. Highland’s Role to Focus on Equity

In additional personnel news, WJCC Schools announces an expansion of Dr. Felicia Highland’s role to further advance the division’s commitment to equity, diversity, and engagement.

Felicia Highland, Ed.D. will coordinate with schools, departments, and the community to promote equity, diversity, and engagement across the school division. This role serves to enrich the educational experiences of every student through culturally responsive and inclusive practices.

Since joining WJCC Schools in 2012, Dr. Highland has coordinated family and community engagement as well as the multicultural engagement program. Prior to joining our team, she served as a school counselor for 10 years. In each of these roles, Highland has gained valuable experience working with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

“Equity is more than an organizational buzzword for WJCC Schools, it is essential to the work we do every day. Dr. Highland brings an abundance of knowledge and passion for bringing equity into focus in all areas of the school division,” Dr. Herron says.

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