Mr. Derrell Joppy, Interim Principal
Mr. Derrell A. Joppy has 29 years of experience with Chesapeake Public Schools. Prior to his appointment as interim principal of Hugo A.Owens Middle School, Mr. Joppy served as an Employee Relations Administrator in Human Resources. Additionally, he served as an assistant principal at Indian River High School and Hickory High School. Prior to that, Mr. Joppy was a special education teacher at Indian River High School. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the principal position. Mr. Joppy earned an Education Specialist degree from The George Washington University, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Norfolk State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University. Currently, Mr. Joppy is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Education from Regent University. Mr. Derrell Joppy serves as president of Arts Alive! Chesapeake and is a member of Virginia Association Of School Personnel Administrators.
Dr. Lauren Bellamy, 8th 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.
Ms. Kimberly M. Saunders is a Portsmouth native who graduated from the new Churchland High School in 1992. She continued her education by earning a B.S. degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling in 1995 and a Masters of Early Childhood Special Education in 1998 from Old Dominion University. In 2005, Ms. Saunders earned her Ed.S. (Education Specialist) with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision K-12.
Ms. Saunders began her teaching career in 1998 as a special education teacher for students with autism for SECEP. After 5 years, she transferred to Portsmouth Public Schools where she taught students with emotional disabilities. In 2003, she joined the Chesapeake Public School family as a preschool special education teacher at Great Bridge Primary. In 2007, she was assigned as an assistant principal at Deep Creek Central Elementary. For the past 15 years, she continued her administrative role as the assistant principal at Greenbrier Intermediate, Western Branch Primary, and Crestwood Intermediate. As of July 2022, she is the proud 6th grade assistant principal at Hugo Owens Middle School.
In her spare time, she enjoys time at the beach, gardening, playing with her dog, Ruby, and spending lots of quality time with her parents, 2 daughters, and 5 grandchildren.
Ms. Chrystal Ueltschi, 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Ms. Chrystal Ueltschi is a Norfolk native who graduated from Booker T. Washington high school in 1989. She continued her education by earning a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1996 and a Masters of Education in 1997 from Old Dominion University. In 2016, Ms. Ueltschi earned a second Masters of Education with an endorsement in K-12 Administration and Supervision.
Ms. Ueltschi began her teaching career as a 7th grade Life Science teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Ms. Ueltschi eventually taught 7th grade Life science, 8th grade physical science, Math 7, and Math 8 over the course of her time in the classroom. In 2011, she became an Instructional Resource Technology Teacher and helped teachers and staff implement the use of instructional technology in her middle school. In 2016, she began her role in leadership in Fairfax County Public Schools as an instructional coach/test coordinator. In July 2022, she joined Chesapeake Public Schools and is the proud 6th grade assistant principal at Hugo Owens Middle School.
In her spare time, she enjoys time at the beach, gardening, volunteering with a cat rescue, and spending time with her 2 sons, daughter, and local family.