2021 Administrative Appointments: Educator Profiles

The School Board of Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) approved Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton’s recommendation to appoint the following individuals to new roles within the district starting July 1, 2021 during the June 14, 2021, School Board meeting:

Mrs. Heather Brusso Mrs. Heather A. Brusso will be the new Principal of Portlock Primary School. She has 19 years of experience, all in Chesapeake elementary schools. Mrs. Brusso has served Deep Creek Central Elementary as an assistant principal for the past 4 years. Mrs. Brusso is “truly excited to become a part of the Portlock Primary family as they inspire young learners to reach their full potential.”
Dr. Michael Dunbar Dr. Michael N. Dunbar was appointed Principal of Hugo Owens Middle School, which has been his professional home for the past 7 years where he currently serves as assistant principal. Dr. Dunbar brings 23 years of experience to his new role, all of which have been served in Chesapeake. He is “excited to be given an opportunity to maintain the high level of success afforded to [him] by Hugo Owens Middle School’s students and staff.”
Mr. Quentin Hicks Mr. Quentin E. Hicks was appointed Principal of Western Branch High School. Mr. Hicks has 25 years of experience in education, all in Chesapeake Public Schools.  He currently serves as Principal of Hugo Owens Middle School. He is honored to once again join the “Bruin Nation” as he looks to continue the mandate of “excellence” established by Mr. Arthur Brandriff and continued by Mr. John Sykes, and Dr. Thomas Whitley.
Mrs. Heather Martin Mrs. Heather D. Martin was appointed the Principal of Grassfield Elementary School. Mrs. Martin has 25 year of experience in education, 23 of which have been served in Chesapeake. Mrs. Martin has served as the Principal of Great Bridge Intermediate for the past 8 years. Mrs. Martin is excited and thankful for the opportunity  to become a Grassfield Gator.
Mrs. Leslie Russell Mrs. Leslie S. Russell was appointed Program Administrator of Federal Programs. Mrs. Russell brings 25 years of experience to her new role. She currently serves as the Principal of Portlock Primary. Mrs. Russell is looking forward to her new role within the district and is “elated to empower our students and their families with innovative, equitable, high quality programs, and opportunities for success.”
Mrs. Tracey Sabbato Mrs. Tracey S. Sabbato was named the new Principal of Great Bridge Intermediate School. Mrs. Sabbato has served Chesapeake Public Schools for 24 years in four different middle schools. She is currently serving as an assistant principal at Deep Creek Middle. Mrs. Sabbato graduated from Great Bridge High School and is excited to return to the Tradition and Pride of Wildcat Country.