Congratulations to three new administrators appointed by the Suffolk School Board on August 17.
- Sara Williford – Supervisor of Health Services, Division-Wide
- Barbara Tidd – Assistant Principal, Oakland Elementary School
- Shaka Miller – Dean of Students, Elephant’s Fork Elementary School
- Sara Williford has been named the division-wide Supervisor of Health Services. She has been the school nurse at Northern Shores Elementary School since 2008, and previously work as a RN at Sentara Obici Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University.
- Barbara Tidd has been named Assistant Principal at Oakland Elementary School, filling an administrative spot opened when Andrea Wilkins moved to Northern Shores Elementary. She has been a teacher in SPS since 2014, serving at Driver Elementary, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary, and John Yeates Middle School. She previously taught in Virginia Beach Public Schools, the Southeastern Cooperative Education Program (SECEP), Charles County Public Schools, and St. Mary’s County Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a second master’s degree from Regent University.
- Shaka Miller has been named Dean of Students at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School, a new position. He was been a business education teacher at King’s Fork High School since 2011, and previously worked as a teacher assistant at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University, and his master’s degree from Liberty University.
Congratulations to our leaders who are taking on new roles for the 2017-2018 school year. We are grateful for your dedication and service. These changes were approved at the July 13 School Board meeting.
New Faces and New Places
• Lori White, assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School, was promoted to principal of Northern Shores Elementary, replacing Tara Moore, who was transferred as principal to Creekside Elementary, which was vacant due to Katrina Rountree’s resignation.
• Andrea Wilkins, Ed.D. dean at Oakland Elementary was promoted to assistant principal at Northern Shores Elementary, replacing Antoine London, who was transferred to John Yeates Middle School.
• Johnetta Vaughan, math specialist was promoted to assistant principal at John F. Kennedy, replacing Lori White who was named principal at Northern Shores Elementary School.
• Candace Myrick, teacher and AVID site Coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School, was promoted to assistant principal of Creekside Elementary School, replacing Robert Brennan, who resigned.
• Amy Dail, lead transition teacher at Nansemond River High School, was promoted to assistant principal at King’s Fork High School replacing Kimberly Warholak, who resigned.
• Tim Kubinak, science instructional specialist at Suffolk’s School Administration Office, was promoted to supervisor of science instruction, replacing Dr. Catherine Walsh, who resigned.
• Lori White has been assistant principal in Suffolk Public Schools at John F. Kennedy Middle School since 2012.She also served as SPED data specialist, SPED compliance specialist and special education teacher in Suffolk Public Schools, starting in 2003. She earned her bachelor’s and education specialist degrees from University of Virginia, and master’s degree from Regent University.
• Dr. Wilkins has been dean of students since 2014 serving at both Forest Glen Middle and Oakland Elementary Schools in Suffolk Public Schools. She also served as teacher at Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk and at Crestwood Intermediate in Chesapeake Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, master’s degree from Regent University, and doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.
• Johnetta Vaughan has been math specialist for Suffolk Public Schools since 2015. She served as assistant principal and math specialist at Churchland Middle and High Schools in Portsmouth Public Schools starting in 2009. She began her career as math teacher in 2001 at Lakeland High School in Suffolk Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University, master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and another master’s degree from Regent University.
• Candace Myrick has been AVID coordinator since 2015 and business teacher since 2011 at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Suffolk Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, master’s degree from Liberty University, and an additional master’s degree from Hampton University.
• Amy Dail has been lead transition teacher at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk Public Schools since 2016. She served as lead SPED teacher at John Yeates Middle School from 2010-2016. She also taught at SECEP from 2005 – 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bluefield State College and master’s degree from Liberty University.
• Tim Kubinak was named science instructional specialist in 2017 for Suffolk Public Schools. He taught math for 12 years, serving at both John Yeates and King’s Fork Middle schools. He taught and served as director at the Tidewater Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology and also taught at Turlington Woods Alternative School in Suffolk. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and master’s degree from Hampton University.
Congratulations to Bryan Thrift, who was named the principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School at School Board’s June 8 meeting.
Thrift is currently principal at Riverside Elementary School in Newport News, where he has served for two years. From 2013 to 2015, he served as an assistant principal here at King’s Fork High School. Thrift has also been an assistant principal and a special education teacher in Isle of Wight County Public Schools, and has taught in Northumberland County Public Schools and Hanover County Public Schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He replaces Vivian Covington, who is retiring after 39 years with Suffolk Public Schools.