Earlier this week I had the honor of presenting the annual State of the Schools Address at a fundraising breakfast hosted by the Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation. It was the first in-person event of its kind since the fall of 2019 and since then so much about education in our city and around the country has changed and evolved.
I was happy to be able to address those changes and how we, as a district, have adapted to meet the needs of our students and their families with the over 450 guests in attendance. My goal was to provide an update on our Strategic Plan, Empower 2025, and its four main goal areas: academics, employees, environment, and community. In doing so, I was able to share many of the moments that mattered the most to us this year.
Moments such as Ms. Daphne Fulson from Portlock Primary School being named the Virginia Teacher of Year, and moments like Ms. Holly Sawyer’s Oscar Smith students using coding to learn English all thanks to a grant funded by our friends at TowneBank.
We also celebrated a truly special moment when we announced our 2022 Pride of the ‘Peake recipient – the JCA Foundation. Kaylyn Ivey, a 2017 graduate from Deep Creek High School, joined me to present the award and shared how Mr. Jay Archbell and the JCA Foundation changed her life. His foundation’s efforts allowed her to just be a kid as part of the annual JCA Kidz Kruz in elementary school. Later, the JCA Foundation awarded her a full scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University.
It was sharing moments like these with our community that remind us what matters most. The state of our school district remains strong, and I remain incredibly proud to serve as superintendent.
If you were not able to attend, I encourage you to check out our photo gallery with some of the incredible moments captured by our student media representatives, or view our Strategic Plan in Action that features many of the great stories highlighted during the event.