Isle of Wight Co., VA – May 13, 2018: Isle of Wight County Schools announces administrative changes in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.
Zachary Haney, Assistant Principal at Windsor High School, has been selected as Principal for Smithfield High School, beginning July 1. IWCS announced in March that current principal Casey Roberts will become the Director of Innovation and Strategic Planning for the division. Mr. Haney began his educational career as an English 8 and Geography teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Suffolk, VA. He came to Isle of Wight County in 2015 as an Assistant Principal at Westside Elementary. He served in this role for 2 years before moving to Windsor High School in the same position. Mr. Haney has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Hampton University. He is presently working on his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University.
The selection process was very extensive and included both a teacher and a student interview panel, as well as a survey of the Smithfield High community to identify characteristics the new principal should possess. “Mr. Haney is a visionary leader who understands the importance of building strong relationships with students, staff and stakeholders,” said Dr. Jim Thornton, IWCS Superintendent. “He is committed to providing students with a positive learning environment, as well as opportunities for them to develop the skills necessary for success after graduation. His enthusiasm and passion as an educator will continue to grow the legacy of Smithfield High as an integral part of our community.”
Danielle Hewitt and Jeffrey Christiansen have been named Assistant Principals for Smithfield High School.
Hewitt comes from Westside Elementary where she has served as a sixth grade teacher since 2008. Christiansen has been an Assistant Principal at Georgie Tyler Middle School for the past two years.