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New Administrative Staff for CCES in 2016-17
CHARLES CITY, VIRGINIA --CHARLES CITY, VIRGINIA -- Charles City Elementary School (CCES) will start the 2016-17 school year with a new administrative team at its helm. Edward Van Dyke, who currently serves as an assistant principal at Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg-James City County, will assume duties as the new principal of CCES on July 1st. The elementary school’s new assistant principal, Heather Kennedy, who teachers special education in Chesapeake Public Schools, will take over her new duties starting August 1st.
An interview process consisting of a panel of administrators, CCES teachers, support staff and parents worked through an extensive slate of candidates, reviewing their qualifications and identifying individuals who would energize and motivate the learning community and increase parental involvement at the school of 380 preschool through sixth grade students. The CCES panel’s recommendations to the Superintendent and CCPS School Board were approved at the Regular Meetings for the CCPS School Board in March and April.
Mr. Van Dyke received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and his Masters of Science in Education from Old Dominion University. He began his teaching career in 2005 in Hampton City Schools, where he taught sixth grade History at Davis Middle School. In 2007, he was hired at Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Public Schools, where he taught sixth grade History
and completed his administration certification at The College of William and Mary. Since 2010, he has held a variety of administrative roles in WJCC, including interim Assistant Principal at Berkeley, Principal for the WJCC Public Schools High and Middle School Summer Program and, more recently, Assistant Principal at Berkeley Middle since 2012. He is also a Doctoral Candidate in Education Policy, Planning and Leadership at The College of William and Mary.
Mrs. Kennedy began her teaching career at Greenbrier Primary School in Chesapeake City Public Schools, where she taught Kindergarten for six years. Her elementary and special education certifications allowed her to serve as a special education teacher for first and second grade at Greenbrier Primary before moving to Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, where she has served as a collaborative teacher for special education students in inclusion classrooms in Algebra I and Geometry classes. Her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and religion and Master of Arts in Education degrees are from The College of William and Mary. Her special education licensure and Educational Specialist degree are from Old Dominion University.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a strong administrative team with a variety of experiences to serve our students and families at Charles City Elementary School,” shares Helen Payne-Jones, Chair of the Charles City School Board. “Mr. Van Dyke and Mrs. Kennedy impressed the interview committees with their positive energy and emphasis on connecting with our families in Charles City. We welcome them and look forward to many years of achievement and success at CCES.”
There will be an Open House Meet and Greet Event with Mr. Van Dyke and Mrs. Kennedy on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in the CCES Media Center from 5:30 to 7 PM. All CCES Families and Charles City community members are invited and encouraged to attend to meet the new administrative team as they prepare and plan for the coming school year.