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Leaders of the Pack!


Mr. Casey M. Roberts, Principal





Mr. Casey M. Roberts began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher with Hampton City Schools in 2006. During his five-year stint as a teacher he served as a classroom management coach, professional development facilitator, state curriculum developer/assessment reviewer, and served as a research assistant with the James Comer School Development Program at Yale University. In 2011, Mr. Roberts moved to Virginia Beach City Public Schools as an Instructional Specialist and Coordinator of Secondary Social Studies Education, and served in that capacity for two years. Most recently he served as an Assistant Principal at Smithfield High School where he was honored as the 2015 Instructional Leader of the Year for Isle of Wight County Schools.   

He completed his undergraduate studies in History and Leadership Studies at Virginia Tech in 2006, and earned a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership from Regent University in 2010. He holds an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. Additionally, Mr. Roberts has completed graduate level coursework at the Principal Institute at Harvard University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, The Center of School Transformation, and the SURN Principal Academy (The College of William and Mary).



Mr. Andrew Roberts, Assistant Principal





Mr. Andrew Roberts began his teaching career in 2007 at his alma mater Northwood High School located in Saltville, Virginia. He taught CTE courses and coach at Northwood High until 2010 when he was hired at Smithfield High School. Since 2010, Mr. A. Roberts has taught various CTE courses and coached track and basketball at Smithfield High. He has served as the CTE department head, member of the instructional modeling team, school leadership team, and was the school’s administrative aid during the 2015-16 school year. Mr. A. Roberts has been an Assistant Principal at Smithfield High since the 2016-17 school year.


Mr. A. Roberts graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a minor in Education. He also holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Old Dominion University.





Ms. Ellen Burnett, Assistant Principal




Ms. Ellen Burnett has served in the role of Assistant Principal of SHS since the fall of 2016. She comes from Clarksville, VA, where she entered education as a career switcher in 2005 after working in the insurance and banking industries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Her first teaching assignment was as a 7th grade teacher at Bluestone Middle School in Skipwith, VA. While at BMS, she taught all core subjects at least once, participated in an International Baccalaureate pilot, coached the drama and academic bowl teams, and served on the building leadership team. She transitioned to her alma mater Bluestone High School in 2011 to teach math, focusing on Algebra II. While at BHS she served on the school leadership team and was an administrative intern and summer school administrator. She moved to central office in 2014 as the K-12 Math Coordinator, with responsibility for Science beginning in 2016. She received an Instructional Support Award for her work with instructional technology from SVREB in 2016. Ms. Burnett graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors in Economics and minor in Sociology in 1998. She earned a certificate in 21st Century Learning and Leadership and Masters in Education Leadership from Longwood University.


nicole stephens  Ms. Nicole Stephens, Assistant Principal


Ms. Nicole Stephens began teaching Earth Science in 2005 at Hampton High School. She taught Biology, Physics, and Chemistry in St. Mary’s County, Charles County, and the city of Newport News until 2015. While with Newport News Public Schools, Ms. Stephens served as PBIS Coordinator and Varsity Cheerleading Coach. In 2015, Ms. Stephens joined the IWCS leadership team as Assistant Principal of Windsor High School. There she began a reading and mentoring program between the high school and the elementary schools at the southern end of the county. Ms. Stephens joined her alma mater, Smithfield High School, in 2017, where she serves as the 9th grade administrator and the administrator for student services. Ms. Stephens received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Old Dominion University and her Master’s in Education Leadership from Grand Canyon University.