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Principal Mike Perez

Mr. Mike Perez is proud to be the principal of Grassfield High School. Now in his 29th year as an educator with Chesapeake Public Schools, Mr. Perez was a teacher for seven years (1993-2000), served as Assistant Principal at Hickory Middle School for three years (2000-2003), Assistant Principal at Western Branch High School for five years (2003-2008), Principal of Hugo Owens Middle School for five years (2008-2013) and is now in his ninth year as a Grizzly (2013-present).

Mr. Perez was an Honor Graduate at Great Bridge High school in 1987, received a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University in 1993, and a Master of Science in Education Administration in 1999, also from Old Dominion University. He recently earned a credential as a Level 1 Antiracist Educator from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a lifelong learner, Mr. Perez is currently continuing his education as a doctoral candidate at Regent University.

Mr. Perez is the proud parent of two Grassfield Grizzly graduates from the classes of 2018 and 2021. He has served the community by participating on the Board of Advisors of the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation, is Past President of the Deep Creek Ruritan Club, Treasurer for the Southeastern District,  Chairman of the VHSL 6A Region. He is also an avid performing and recording musician. Mr. Perez can be found roaming the halls of Grassfield High School proudly ending every statement with, “And as always, Go Grizzlies!”

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Assistant Principal for Instruction, Mrs. Beth Pallister

Mrs. Beth Pallister is delighted to return for her sixth year as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Grassfield High School. She previously worked as an assistant principal at Western Branch Middle School. Before becoming an administrator, Mrs. Pallister taught English at Oscar Smith Middle School and Great Bridge High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University. She earned her endorsement in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Regent University.

Mrs. Pallister has been a Chesapeake resident for more than 25 years and all three of her children are proud graduates of Chesapeake Public Schools. When not at school, Mrs. Pallister enjoys reading, singing, cooking, and watching movies.

In her role as Assistant Principal for Instruction, Mrs. Pallister coordinates and monitors the academic programs and plans for school improvement. Her goal is for every student to feel connected to the Grassfield community while receiving outstanding personalized and relevant instruction. She believes that success doesn’t come from comfort zones and encourages all Grassfield students to step out of their zones and try new endeavors.

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12th Grade Assistant Principal, Mr. Matt Fulford

Mr. Fulford is a 2000 graduate of Great Bridge High School. After graduating from Great Bridge High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Christopher Newport University, a Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Mr. Fulford is entering his 18th year as an educator with Chesapeake Public Schools. He began his teaching career at Great Bridge High School where he served as a Mathematics teacher for 8 years. This is Mr. Fulford’s 10th year serving as an assistant principal at Grassfield High School.

Mr. Fulford resides in Chesapeake with his wife, Meredith, three children, Caleb (Chesapeake Public School Graduate – GBHS Class of 2021), Taylor, and Ruby, and dog Laney.

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11th Grade Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kellie Collins

Mrs. Collins is excited to join the Grassfield family this year as assistant principal as she begins her 7th year with Chesapeake Public Schools. She began her career in public education as an Earth Science teacher at Maury High School in Norfolk, VA for 6 years. Mrs. Collins was recognized as Hickory High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2017. 

She was born on Chincoteague Island and moved to Norfolk to pursue her Bachelor’s in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Science from Old Dominion University. She became a lifelong monarch earning both her Master’s of Secondary Science and Ed.S in Educational Leadership. 

Mrs. Collins resides in Chesapeake with her husband, Chris, two miniature labradoodles-Maggie Gyllenpaw and Apple, Chameleon-Lela Lava, and Leopard Gecko-Mango LaCroix. She is looking forward to an awesome year-Go Grizzlies!

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10th Grade Assistant Principal, Mr. Sylvester Freeman

Mr. Sylvester Freeman is a 1984 graduate of Indian River High School. After graduating from Indian River High School, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from Saint Paul’s College and holds a Master’s of Arts in Mathematics and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision Pre-K-12 from Norfolk State University. He is an honorably discharged commissioned officer of the United States Army. Mr. Freeman is entering his 30th year as an educator, 6 years with SECEP, 14 years at Indian River High School as a math teacher, and 10 years at Grassfield High. Mr. Freeman lives in Chesapeake with his wife, Sundai, and is the proud father of two children, SaReena and Sylvester. His children are graduates of Chesapeake Public Schools.

Mr. Freeman competes in the 100% Raw World Power Lifting Federation where he has won the world bench championship 2003-2010, 2014, and 2015. Mr. Freeman’s other hobbies include table tennis, singing, and personal training. Mr. Freeman is proud to be a part of the Grassfield family and is looking forward to a great year.

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9th Grade Assistant Principal, Ms. Helen Sapieka

Ms. Sapieka is honored to serve the Grassfield community as the 9th grade assistant principal, where she is passionate about ensuring a successful transition for rising 9th graders from their respective middle schools. She deeply believes the “Grizzly Way” leads students to exceed their potential, fulfill their purpose, and challenge the precedent.

Prior to becoming a Grizzly, Ms. Sapieka served two years as assistant principal of Crestwood Middle School and two years as behavior coach at Oscar Smith Middle School. Ms. Sapieka relocated from the midwest after 8 years in public education.

She earned her Educational Specialist degree in educational leadership from Liberty University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in the same program. She also received her Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from Carthage College. 

When she is not working, Ms. Sapieka is adventuring with her golden retriever, Griffin. She was a competitive swimmer and track & field athlete, and is excited to cheer on her Grizzlies in all sports and activities this year!