Meet our Administration

Michelle Ferebee, Principal   

Mrs. Ferebee joined the G.W. Carver family in July of 2014.  She has been in education in Chesapeake, Virginia for over 27 years as a 6th grade teacher, Instructional Specialist, Instructional Coach, Administrative Assistant, High School Assistant Principal and now as Principal. While at Carver, one of her favorite things has been reuniting with her former students and connecting with their lineage.

Mrs. Ferebee says that she has been blessed to have worked with children in almost every educational zone in the Chesapeake Public School System and at every level (primary, elementary, intermediate, middle, and high) as a reading teacher assistant, student teacher, elementary teacher, middle school teacher, specialist, coach, or administrator.  She would trade nothing for her journey or the love, laughter, and lessons she has experienced along the way.


Dr. David Richels, Assistant Principal

Dr. Richels started his tenure with Chesapeake Public Schools in 2004 as a special education teacher at Hickory High School.  During Dr. Richels’s time in the classroom, he taught students with specific learning disabilities, those who were on the autism spectrum, and co-taught Algebra 1. In 2011, Dr. Richels was promoted to an Assistant Principal position at Hickory High School, where he served as a grade level administrator for two years and as the Assistant Principal for Instruction for five years.  During the 2018 – 2019 school year, Dr. Richels was a grade level administrator at Oscar Smith Middle School.  He joined the G.W. Carver family, July 1, 2019, as the school’s assistant principal.  Dr. Richels holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from Old Dominion University, a Master’s degree in Family Studies, from the University of Maryland, a Doctorate in Counseling and Education, from Old Dominion University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University.

We are so excited to make it a great year!