Dr. Kelly Kitchens, Principal

Dr. Kelly Kitchens, Principal 

It is my honor to serve as Principal at the Chesapeake Career Center (CCC). As a former Marketing Education Coordinator, I recognize the impact Career and Technical Education programs have on student success in school and in life. I am excited to work with the CCC family to maintain the tradition of excellence while creating new traditions and memories for staff, students and community. It is my goal to continue the school’s legacy of preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s competitive careers.

I am a proud product of Chesapeake Public Schools and graduated with honors from the “original” Oscar F. Smith High School.  After high school, I continued my education receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, a Master of Education degree, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, and a Doctor of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership from Regent University. Over the course of my professional career, I have served as a Marketing Education Coordinator, AVID Elective and Freshman Seminar teacher and Assistant Principal. This year begins my 30th year with Chesapeake Public Schools. 

Through my experiences, I have learned that building connections and relationships in the school community are essential for student success, and every student has a different path to that success. I am so excited to join the Chesapeake Career Center!

Dr. Karin Collier, assistant principal Chesapeake Career CenterDr. Karin Collier, Assistant Principal

I am honored to serve as the Assistant Principal for the Chesapeake Career Center (CCC). Supporting student success is my passion, and I am excited to help our students expand their vision for their future, explore high-demand career fields, and engage in quality work-based learning experiences. The opportunities afforded to students at CCC are unparalleled. It is my goal to promote current programs while expanding opportunities for students to gain valuable skills and experiences that will equip them for meaningful, prosperous careers.


I am personally committed to lifelong learning. I earned my doctoral degree from the University of Southern California, graduate degree from Troy University, and undergraduate degree from Westminster College. My diverse professional career spans 26 years and includes teaching middle and high school mathematics, serving as a corporate technology course developer and instructor, leading a university campus as an assistant dean and professor, operating a small business, and serving as the Supervisor of Secondary Mathematics for Chesapeake Public Schools. My background in education and industry provides a unique perspective on how to best support today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. 


When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I have a passion for traveling, and I enjoy activities such as hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and skiing.