Dr. Michael Dunbar, Principal
Dr. Michael Dunbar is a product of the Tidewater area. He graduated from Indian River High School in 1992. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Old Dominion University in 1999 and his Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University in 2004. Dr. Dunbar is also a recent 2020 graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He began his career as an art teacher in 1998. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2004. Dr. Dunbar has continued his career by serving as an assistant principal. Recently he was appointed as the new principal at Hugo Owens Middle School.
Dr Dunbar is a strong advocate for “at promise” students and focuses on helping students realize their own potential, pushing them beyond their comfort zones not only academically, but also behaviorally. During his tenure in Chesapeake Public Schools he has worn many hats, including: art teacher, step-team coach, track coach, mentor, art curriculum writer, assistant principal, PBIS coach, Co-Chair of the Equity Council and muralist. Some of his murals can be found within several schools throughout the city.
Dr. Dunbar currently resides in Chesapeake with his wife Naomi, their two sons Jerald and MJ, and their two spoiled dogs Maxx and Kobe. He is a firm believer in building strong family bonds and giving back to his community. Dr. Dunbar crossed the burning sands of Kappa Alpha Psi Incorporated in 1993, and he is now a lifetime member of its noble clan. Kappa Kappa Alpha Psi was founded upon the principle of ACHIEVEMENT in every field of human endeavor. A quote that he holds dear to his heart reads: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Dr. Dunbar looks forward to taking Hugo Owens Middle School to the next level of success and building stronger ties with the community.
Mrs. Alicia Hall, 8th Grade Assistant Principal
Mrs. Hall is a life-long resident of Chesapeake and is a graduate of Deep Creek High School. She earned her B.S. in Middle School and her M.S. in Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement and from The George Washington University she earned her Ed.S. in Education Specialist with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision.
She began her career with the Portsmouth Public School System as a classroom teacher for five years at Brighton Elementary and Westhaven Elementary Schools. During her final three years in Portsmouth she served as a traveling reading specialist assigned to Brighton Elementary, Westhaven Elementary, Douglass Park Elementary, S.H. Clarke Academy, and Park View Elementary. In 1998, she transferred to Chesapeake Public Schools where she worked for seven years as the Reading Specialist at Truitt Intermediate School, 10 years at Oscar Smith Middle School as the Instructional Specialist, four years as Assistant Principal at Jolliff Middle School until she moved to Hugo Owens Middle in 2019.
Mrs. Hall is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, playing word games and traveling. Mrs. Hall is a firm believer that every child can learn when given the opportunity and that it truly does take a village to educate a child. Bob Beauprez once said, “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.”
Mr. John Wecht, 7th Grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Wecht earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Elon University in 1993, Masters in Education of the Gifted from Norfolk State University in 1998, and an Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from The George Washington University in 2005. In the spring of 1996, he began his educational career at Crestwood Middle School and in the fall of 1996, he moved to the newly opened Hickory High School. While at HHS, he served as a Special Education teacher as well as the Junior Varsity, and Varsity Soccer coach for 8 years. In 2005, he was appointed as an Assistant Principal at HHS, and served the next 8 years in the position until arriving at Hugo A. Owens Middle in 2013. Mr. Wecht and his wife Leslie have two children Morgan, and Jack. During their weekends, you can find them organizing, cleaning, working in the yard, or sitting at a ball field.
Dr. Lauren Bellamy, 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Dr. Bellamy is a Virginia Beach native who graduated from Salem High School. After graduating from high school, she received a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.A. degree in Spanish from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Bellamy completed her Master’s degree and Education Specialist degree from Old Dominion University. She also obtained her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University.
Dr. Bellamy has experience as a secondary math educator in both Chesapeake Public Schools and Virginia Beach Public Schools. She has taught various levels of math in both the middle and high school settings. Her first three years of teaching were actually at Hugo A. Owens Middle School. She is so excited to be returning to HOMS! Go Mustangs!
Dr. Bellamy resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, son, and dog.