Andrea Whitmarsh named superintendent of schools

Greene County Public School System Assistant Superintendent Andrea Whitmarsh has been named superintendent of the county’s public schools.

Andrea Whitmarsh

Whitmarsh will assume the position May 1. She will be replacing Dr. David Jeck, who announced early this year that he would be resigning his position to accept an offer from Fauquier County to supervise its public school system.

Whitmarsh is currently assistant superintendent of the Greene County School System. Her selection, says Greene County School Board Chairwoman Michelle Flynn, “speaks to the knowledge, experience, and passion she brings to the success of our students and our school division.”

A native Virginian, Whitmarsh received an undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.  She spent nine years working as a Civilian Personnel Assistant at Fort Eustis before obtaining her Master of Elementary Education degree from Old Dominion and then moved to Central Virginia, where she began teaching in Madison County.

She moved to the Greene County school system in 2003 and briefly served as assistant principal at Nathanael Greene Elementary School before being promoted to principal at Greene County Primary School.  During her five years at GCPS Whitmarsh worked to enhance curriculum and instruction through the use of assessments and data, according to a news release issued by the school board.  In addition, the release said, Whitmarsh brought her keen insight and understanding of data and assessments to the division level when she was promoted to director of accountability and student achievement in 2008.  She ascended to the position of assistant superintendent for instruction in 2011.

“I am invested in our school division and community and inspired to lead the Greene County schools team to provide a premier education for the children of our community,” says Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh is a self-described “lifelong learner,” and her passion for education and Greene County Schools are evident to anyone who engages her in conversation, according to the release.  She has completed coursework as a doctoral student at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.  She defended her dissertation proposal and anticipates completion of the program in August 2013.

She lives in Greene County with her husband, Doug, and her daughters, Lizzie and Ainslie.  Her personal interests include watching her daughters play softball and volleyball, as well as spending time with her extended family.

Whitmarsh was chosen to lead the school system over a number of applicants.

“Every member of the school board was impressed by the caliber of highly-qualified applicants seeking to lead our division,” says Flynn.

Earlier this month the school system announced the approval of Mindy Shifflett as its new director of special services, following the resignation of Randy Corpening.

Shifflett comes to the county’s public school system with more than 16 years of experience as a special education classroom teacher at William Monroe Middle School and the coordinator of special services in Greene County Public Schools.

Most recently Shifflett was assistant principal at Broadway High School.

Like Whitmarsh, Shifflett will assume her new position on May 1.

Editor’s note: Additional information regarding Whitmarsh’s professional preparation and resume will be posted online at www.greenecountyschools.com.

 

 

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